December 2020
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Christmas Reflection
Michael C. McFarland, SJ

Go down any block this time of year, and you will see houses, stores and offices all lit up for Christmas. For us Christians, these lights are more than decorations or antidotes for Seasonal Affective Disorder. They symbolize the coming of Christ, the Light of the World, who alone can free us from the dark cloud of sin and the shadow of death that rob us of our joy and peace.

Right now we are certainly a people who walk in darkness. In this pandemic we are surrounded by sickness and death.  It has taken away many of our familiar routines and practices, as we face constant fear and anxiety for ourselves and those we care about. Piled on top of that is the economic devastation that has hit so many, the intense acrimony and divisions in our society, and the painful manifestations of the racism and other injustices so deeply embedded in our culture.  It has not been an easy year.

That is why we need the message of Christmas, that in Jesus Christ God has entered our world to give us light and hope. He did not come in glory, but humbly took on our frail human nature to share with us our weakness and vulnerability. Yet hidden though he was, he was found by those whose minds and hearts were open, who acknowledged their need and turned to God for help.

Gaudete Carol by Jesuits studying in Rome || Christmas 2020
Dear brother, dear sister, if your hands seem empty, if you think your heart is poor in love, this night is for you. The grace of God has appeared, to shine forth in your life. Accept it and the light of Christmas will shine forth in you.
Pope Francis, Homily in the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, 24 December 2019 

I wish you a Holy and Merry Christmas, and a blessed and happy new year: may the Lord bless you and your family and may his light shine in your hearts. 
With my deep gratitude for your faithful and generous support and my best wishes 

Pontifical Gregorian University
Congratulations on the Jubilee (60 years) of two Jesuits at the Collegio del Gesù
Fr. Cecil Azzopardi has been Spiritual director at Collegio del Gesù for over 15 years and Br. Jan Laska has served there for over 30 years.

Alumni News

Fr. Sam Conedera, SJ
Pontifical Gregorian University

Fr. Sam Conedera, SJ recently presented a lecture entitled, Friends in Heaven: Edmund Campion and the Martyrs of England & Wales.
Fr. Conedera is an Assistant Professor of History at Saint Louis University. He holds a PhD in history from UCLA, an MA in philosophical resources from Fordham University, and a BA in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Monsignor Luke Sweeney
Pontifical Gregorian University

Monsignor Luke Sweeney was recently installed as the new pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Scarsdale, NY. Cardinal Dolan was the principal celebrant of the Mass. Read more HERE.

Gregorian Centre for Interreligious Studies presents

A lecture on the new research about the Qu'ran and the origins of Islam
(video with English subtitles)

The Library of the Pontifical Gregorian University joins WorldCat 

The Greg's Library has joined the WorldCat bibliographic catalogue, a cooperative resource created, edited, and constantly updated by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). OCLC is a library organization that offers products, services, and information systems to cultural institutions and their users, making it the largest library network in the world.
The latest issue 101/4 (2020) of the magazine “Gregorianum” is available. The publication is the scientific journal published quarterly by the Pontifical Gregorian University. This issue includes a special section about "Lonergan and Pope Francis."

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Mass Cards
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Praying with the Pope in December
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for December is: 

For a life of prayer
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

Reflect further on the Prayer Intention for December and unite yourself with the Pope's Prayer Network 
Watch the Pope's Video >>

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