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Normal service will resume in 3… 2…

It’s been very quiet here on Project SJ – much quieter than planned. I’ve had some health problems (much improved now) which have necessitated running in bare-essentials mode for the last couple of months. However, I’m happy to say that we will be back with a bang in the New Year. Upcoming interviews include USF Jesuit and LGBTQ rights activist Donal Godfrey; Wolfgang Müller of Sankt Michael, Göttingen, and the Christian Life Community; and Anglican priest and radio/TV presenter the Reverend Richard Coles, who’ll be telling us about his experiences on a Jesuit vocations weekend at Osterley Park.

Tomorrow I’m off to London to meet Dominic Robinson SJ of Heythrop College and the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Today, please accept my apologies for this long silence, and enjoy this reflection from James Martin SJ on Good King Wenceslas. Have a wonderful Christmas, and see you in 2015!


Author Q&A: William O’Malley SJ (The Fifth Week)

William O’Malley is a professor of theology at Matteo Ricci College, Seattle University. His books include Why be Catholic?, Meeting the Living God and Building Your Own Conscience. For my review of his Jesuit classic The Fifth Week, click here.

What do your writing days look like?

Depends if I’m teaching and how many classes. Two—nothing except Saturdays. One, maybe morning or afternoon. Summer, daily, except Sundays—and I stop at dinner every day. Otherwise you lose perspective. The point is, I can’t not write.

If you were writing The Fifth Week now, who would be your Jesuits of the Present?

Famous? Jim Martin, Bob Drinan , Arrupe, Greg Boyle of Homeboys, Jack Halligan, Bill Cain the film director.

Do people still ask whether you’ve never gotten laid?*

Psst! I’m 83! And wrinkled as an albino California raisin.

Which book would you recommend to readers who want to know more about the Jesuits?

John O’Malley (no relation): The First Jesuits.

Sum up the Jesuit identity in five words or less.

Gospel, Exercises, humanity, adaptability, forgiveness.

What is your favourite text by St. Ignatius?

There’s only one that counts.

* Cf. The Fifth Week, p. 183