Fall 2013: God and Culture

Secular and the Religious Good in Civil Society

The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America prohibits any law respecting an establishment of religion or impeding the free exercise of religion.  And yet, American civil society is saturated with anti-religious and religious sensibilities that often frame religious and secular goods as mutually subjugating.  This quarter’s lecture series will attempt to disrupt this polarizing frame.

Why Do We Suffer? An Ignatian Day of Prayer and Reflection

by Robert W. Scholla S.J. |

November 16, 2013 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Multifaith Sanctuary, Saint Joseph’s Hall

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Given the Bannan Institute’s theme, What Good Is God? this day of reflection will attend to the related perennial human question: “Why do we suffer?” Utilizing methods and insights from Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, participants will have opportunities for personal prayer and communal reflection, as we attend to the reality of human suffering and to the liberating and compassionate response of God.

Robert W. Scholla S.J., is the Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. Rob holds a doctorate in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Although passionate about classroom work and having taught for almost forty years, over the years Rob’s pastoral labor has brought him to serve families seeking healing from domestic violence and young people in juvenile detention. For twenty-five years Rob has regularly offered Ignatian retreats and engaged in spiritual ministries. Having completed his term as rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola Marymount University, Rob happily returns to service at Santa Clara.

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