A Mission Moment

Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., offers reflections for Lent

By Rita Buettner

During Lent the Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., assistant to the president for mission integration, is sharing prayers and other reflections related to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope,” said Pope Francis, who has declared this year as the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

As part of his ministry, Fr. Brown is involved in putting faith into action and helping feed people who are hungry through Loaves and Fishes, coordinated through St. Ignatius Catholic Community in Baltimore.

Fr. Brown is also leading an Ignatian Lenten Retreat through Loyola’s office of mission integration and the Jesuit Collaborative. Learn more and register here.

Read his reflections below:

jesresimageAsh Wednesday

Pope Francis asks the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.” (Read more)


Hunger for Justice

Justice is to the Christian as what food is to the hungry and drink to the thirsty. One who is hungry eats to the last crumb. One who is thirsty drinks to the last drop. The desire for justice must be no less than starving for it. Just as every day there is a need of food, so every day there’s need of justice. (Read more)

The Power of the Written Word11788

The Spiritual Works of Mercy invite us to instruct the ignorant and counsel the doubtful. What better way to do this than to pick up a book. St. John the Evangelist begins his Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God.” (Read more)


Teaching in the Jessup Prison Scholars Program

The corporal work of mercy. Visit the imprisoned.
The spiritual work of mercy. Instruct the ignorant.  (Read more)

vangoghThe Good Samaritan and Visiting the Sick

As a lawyer and a priest, I have always found the parable of the Good Samaritan very challenging. I am not a Levite but might as well be! I hope to identify as a Samaritan but I cannot say that I have always followed the dictates of Jesus’s parable. (Read more)

Twelfth StationJesus Is the Face of the Father’s Mercy

Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Francis writes, is the “face” of the Father’s mercy. He reveals the mercy of God by his words, his actions and through his redemptive suffering. We see the faces of Christ mirrored in the suffering of people who are denied their dignity. (Read more)

323Last supper003Paintings and Prayers for Holy Week

As we walk through Holy Week during this Lenten Year of Mercy, I wanted to share a few paintings by artist Sieger Koder. Each contains a reflection of the face of Christ, and they are stunning. (Read more)


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1 Comment

  • Posted by Cathie Kelly | March 22, 2016

    Wonderful to see Sister Mary Jacque Benner’s works of Mercy art in this issue.
    Thank you. Ck

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