March 1, 2017 — Today on Ash Wednesday, Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa, provincial of the Jesuits' Oregon Province, reflects on what Lent means to him. Fr. Santarosa finds that the most meaningful Lents are when he does something that puts him in solidarity with others.
When Fr. Santarosa worked at a Los Angeles parish with many
immigrants, he would fast on Wednesdays. If he was tempted to eat, he would
think about those who struggled to have enough.
“When I do it only for myself and my own sanctity, not that
good,” he says of his Lenten experiences. “When I do it to connect myself with
another group of people, much better.”
August 15 marked the centennial of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated for speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed in El Salvador. Blessed Romero was shot and killed March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel in San Salvador, during the country's civil war.
Reaffirming its commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability, Loyola Marymount University announced it has signed onto the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.