Theologian and historian; superior of the St. Peter’s Jesuit Community
What brings you joy?
Being a priest, celebrating the Eucharist, family, and friends are a few of the things that bring a smile to my face and fill me with happiness.
What insights into prayer can you offer others?
One common challenge I have encountered in my own prayer life, and in helping others to pray, is that we forget that prayer is a grace or gift from God. People try too hard sometimes, and they don’t let God do the heavy lifting. Another challenge is to think that the way you have prayed in the past is the way you should continue to pray in the present. What works in prayer and the ways that God manifests God’s self to us change over time, for many reasons. An openness to experiment and be flexible is very important.
What’s something most people don’t realize about Jesuit life?
Jesuit life is hard work for many reasons. But it is also full of surprises that are like the seasonings in cooking, which make a dish interesting and savory.