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 fundamental questions related to priesthood and ministry; it is also a time to integrate more fully different experiences the scholastic have lived all throughout his life, and to prepare for the ordination. And one of the questions that we ask, who is a priest? Or what makes somebody a priest…


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 in a week), which sell products directly from the producers. The pockets dry a little faster than when you buy from a huge supermarkets. But many people choose the option of buying from these markets. …

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. I share two experiences; one which marked me profoundly and the other (though very old) is still in the memory.

  1. My grandfather was a character who evoked respect, love and a little fear in me. We loved him, but there was a slight fear of getting a shouting from him. When I decided to join the Jesuits…

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. But my point here is to look into some of the over-looked arguments in this debate and to find a common area of work which is sensible for both sides.

*I think I should state my convictions before I start. I am against abortion as a general principle, though in some special cases, it is a different issue. …


The un-repentant or the repentant one??

I am taking four events from the Christian history. First one is the parable of the prodigal son. The second is the moment of Jesus on the cross. The third is during the stoning of Stephen, considered the first Christian martyr. And the last one is the dying scene of Maria Goretti (a young Italian Saint). Is there something common in all the four scenes?

  • One of the options is that there is a certain crime in all the scenes, though their degree in the last three scenes are quite different from the first one.
  • A more interesting option is…


What is more important???

Which is the parable of two sons in the Bible? The immediate response points to one of the most popular parables, the parable of prodigal son. But there is a short parable in the Gospel of Mathew, where father gives his two sons a task to do. When the elder one said no, the youger one said yes. But the one who did say no, did the work and the other didn’t.

One who calls vs the Call (the Host vs the invitation)

Now a question can be asked, what is more important — the person who calls (who may be called host, source etc) or the call itself (which is…


Journey of Peter’s Profession of faith.

Sunday gospel in the Catholic Church (latin rite) had the famous passage, where Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” And there is the most famous reply of Peter, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus definitely appreciates Peter, but appreciation of Jesus shouldn’t make us go overboard. A few lines later, Jesus calls him Satan or precisely “Get behind me Satan”.

Peter made one of the biggest confessions of faith…. he understood (spoke about) the true identity of Jesus. So in aspects of faith (if an exam is conducted), he would…


Authenticity-problem

As a Jesuit and one studying to be a priest, the Church is something that interests me deeply. When I see the number of church-going people declining, I feel sad. But I also feel hopeful when I see huge number of youngsters in different places like Taizé or with some of the contemporary movements in the Church. I was reading one article here, and two reasons stated by that author made a lot of sense for me. What people are looking in the church?? — Authenticity and Connections.

Authenticity:

Authenticity is one of the immensely studied topics in contemporary philosophy. I…


Two versions in the Bible

There are two versions of the decalogue (normally known as ten commandments) in the Old Testament. The first one is in the book of Exodus (Ch. 20) and the second one is in the book of Deuternomy (Ch. 5). There are repetitions (mostly in part) in different books of the Bible and possibly the latest one is in the Gospels (where Jesus talks with a young man who asks for the means to get eternal life; Mark 10). …

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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