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Fr. Eugene Geinzer, SJ
Jesuit's Reflection on the Year of Consecrated Life

Sunday, November 30, the First Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of a year celebrating Consecrated Life throughout the worldwide Church. This Year of Consecrated Life begins with us!

Our brother Pope Francis has provided this wonderful opportunity to help people understand and appreciate our consecrated Jesuit life and how it contributes to the mission of Jesus entrusted to the Church.

The Vocation Office will be publishing weekly reflections by one of our Jesuits and we encourage you to use these to celebrate the unique gift of a Jesuit's vocation. The theme of these weekly reflections will be, "What makes me happy to be a religious today?"

Allow these spiritual insights and ferverinos to be a regular and constant reminder of how God works through, in and around each of us.

 

Rev. Eugene M. Geinzer, S.J. -- Professor of Art & Architecture

        Entered -- September 1962  

        Took Vows -- September 1964  

        Ordained -- June 1974

Fr. Geinzer lives and works on the frontier in Beijing, China, teaching art and architecture.

I never dreamed how the great world-vision of Ignatius' meditation on the Incarnation would sweep me up in its tidal surge. Though, as a child, I always pleaded with my father to find a new road to "drive home," I did not then foresee what wild new paths I was praying for.

 

And so here I am traveling in a country I never ever thought for a moment of visiting! And, do I travel! I ride camels with our Beijing Center students in the Taklimakan Desert. We break bread together as a group on the sand dunes. I dance (awkwardly) the stupendous dances of the Tibetan nomads on their grasslands, and hear their fiercely beautiful a cappella mountain songs. Together with my architecture students we measure, photograph and document the Dai people's houses across the river from Myanmar. I sleep on rush mats under warm quilts in the Hanis' mountain adobe huts, where there is no heat. I have learned to eat eel, eggplant with sausage, jiaozi and green beans, all over rice. I still wonder whether I'll ever have a dull day.

 

When I asked my father to take me new ways I never thought that my "big" Father was listening to my prayers! And most astounding of all, He showed me that these Chinese are my dear friends, my brothers and sisters! These are the moments that make me grateful and happy to be a religious.





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