Reflections
Rev. Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Week 7 - January 12, 2015
Entered -- August 1968
Took Vows -- August 1970
Ordained -- June 1978

Fr. Clooney is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University.

Like anyone else, a Jesuit can find happiness in the small things that we (too often) take for granted: a beautiful day, a good meal, going to a movie with friends, rejoicing at good news for a friend or colleague at work or in the community. We can enjoy good health and meaningful work. Those of us who are priests can rejoice when we share the Eucharist with a community on campus or in a parish; we may find consolation when a homily goes well, when we get to celebrate a wedding or baptism. As Jesuits, we can rejoice in the work of the Church and the Society, in the fellowship within the community we live, and when out doing the Society's work on a solitary mission. We can rejoice that we receive more from those we serve than we give to them.
 
As a professor at a university there are joys typical to the campus as well: in a class well taught, in working with particularly bright and particularly dedicated students. Giving a well-received lecture can be a pleasure and then a relief. There is satisfaction in seeing an essay in print, and in the greater moment of seeing a book through to publication--and good reviews are a joy too. Even the acts of reading and writing, the writer's and scholar's craft well practiced, in the solitude of one's study, can be a joy. For me, there is joy too in the study of Hinduism, in my 40+ years of learning the wisdom of this ancient and beautiful tradition, in being rejuvenated and transformed by India (and Nepal) again and again, finding God joyfully, in unexpected places.
 
Is all of this a sign of deep joy in religious life and in being a Jesuit? Surely, none of these things in itself is a joy necessarily linked to being religious today. And yet: if we understand our Jesuit tradition; if we see God in all things; if we try as best we can to know God's will for us; if we live in accord with the mission given to us individually and communally; if we thank God in the desolations and consolations of our daily work; and if we realize that it is all a gift, for the moment, in service--then indeed, the things we do are occasions for a great, religious joy


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