Some reflections

As part of Jesuit formation, Jesuit scholastics (or brothers in formation to become priests) do a one-month program called “Arrupe month” or Pre-ordination program (as it is known in India) during the study of theology and a little before the diaconate ordination. It is special time to ask existential and…

Ordinary experiences I encountered in France

Fraternity is a theme that is part of many of the national constitutions, religious literature and ethical discussions. Since I already wrote how fraternity is played out in the interaction of certain French with refugees, today I write about some ordinary experiences.

  • Many French cities and villages have weekly-markets (once…

Today is the death anniversary of my grand-father, and somehow, he was a person who deeply touched me. In our tradition, baptism name of the eldest son is the name of the paternal grandfather, and so I got my baptismal name from him. …

Source: British Council

I thought it would be a good idea to put the links to all the articles here, that it would be easier for people to find it out.

To introduce myself, I am Arun, a Jesuit scholastic (preparing to be a priest) doing my studies in theology. I am interested in philosophy, spirituality, politics, theology and to write about their intersections.

It is not an easy task to divide the articles into a few subheadings. Still, I have attempted to do so; some may appear under more than one heading.

  1. Philosophy
  2. Bible
  3. Political Reflections
  4. Contemporary Topics
  5. Spirituality
  6. Poems
  7. Jesus
  8. Personal Experiences
  9. Church
  10. Personal Growth
  11. Justice
  12. Pope Francis
  13. Ignatian Spirituality

Can we think a little deeper?

Photo by Aditya Siva on Unsplash

Whether we like it or not, the pro-life/pro-choice debate is a significant event in many countries. It creates a polemic with two sides believing that they are right. I am not going to enter into that debate. …

Parables do give a hint

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Mathew 5, 48)

Our common understanding (highly influenced by Aristotle) of the perfection of God is that it is impossible to achieve. And Jesus gives this impossible commandment. After all, he is a crazy fellow, who makes many…

Nothing doing….Open your eyes and look around ! ! !

Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Mathew 12, 38–39)


While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Luke 11, 27–28)

Though the word…

New and Old…. Duty of a theologian

All three synoptic gospels has an interesting story about wine and wineskins. I take the version of Luke here (others are not very different).

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be…

A reflection on the family

The readings of today (Catholic Church) has an interesting phrase, “This is why a man leaves his father and mother, and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh.” (Mark 10, 7–8). A clear reading would say its one flesh, not just one as…

arun simon

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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