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… Jesuit Mission and Service Learning

Jesuit Mission and Jesuit Values

The Georgetown University (2015) describes the Society for Jesus or the Jesuits as a religious body which was formed by St. Ignatius Loyola and which draws its vision from the love of Christ and which aims to help others even as it the members seek God. This is an apostolic group formed within the Catholic Church. The members of the Society for Jesus, see their work as a demonstration of their faith. They try to enhance justice in the society. The group has been in existence for the past 450 years. One characteristic of Jesuits is their determination to fulfill their mission regardless of the impact on their lives which may be in form of…. [read more]

Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries Term Paper

… They could not help but scorn the people that would eventually destroy their culture, even if they did not recognize all that meant or entailed. The Indians were wise enough to try to hold on to their lands, and they worked with the Jesuits who were openly kind to them, and scorned those who were not.

The missionary motives of the Jesuits eventually led to the downfall of the fur trade, for a number of reasons. First, although many of the Indians came to rely on the trade with the French, the missionaries developed different relationships with the Indians than the traders had enjoyed. As the editor notes in the Introduction, the trappers "had to come to terms with native cultures and interact extensively with…. [read more]

Spanish Missions in California Term Paper

… "Over the following seventy years, Franciscan missionaries founded twenty-one mission communities and numerous satellite settlements in Alta California" (Jackson 37). Once built, the missions lured the natives in the area into the mission area with gifts, such as food, tobacco, and clothing. The natives who converted and the missionaries were the only inhabitants of the mission itself, along with a few Spanish soldiers left to guard the area. "No Spaniards other than the missionaries, the mission guard, and an occasional civilian official could stop at the mission or reside there" (Chapman 151). They called this "congregaci n, the resettlement of Indian populations in nucleated settlements" (Jackson 13).

The mission system worked well for Spain, and helped them establish strongholds throughout California. "Once rooted, the missionary…. [read more]

Europe and the World History Term Paper

… ¶ … Mission" and Silence

Themes of Religious Persecution within Endo Shusaku's Silence and Roland Joffe's the Mission

In the novel Silence (1969) the Japanese author Endo Shusaku describes how, in the early 1600s, a time of severe persecution of Christians within Japan, for religious and economic reasons, two Portuguese priests smuggle their way into that country in an effort to help Christian converts there. However, much like the Jesuits portrayed within Roland Joffe's 1986 film, the Mission, which portrays a small group of Jesuits' unsuccessful efforts to protect indigenous peoples of rural Colombia from Portugese and Spanish bounty hunters who would sell them into slavery, the Portuguese missionaries who enter Japan are arrested, tortured, and ultimately defeated. The treatment of the priests within Silence,…. [read more]

Myths, Missions, and Mistrust: The Fate Research Paper

… ¶ … Myths, Missions, and Mistrust: The Fate of Christianity in 16th and 17th Century Japan" by John Nelson looks at the more accepted ideas pertaining to the persecution and demise of Christian/Catholic missions in 16th and 17th century Japan. A Mediterranean-based Christianity failed in Japan and Christianity came to be seen as a rather "disruptive" religion that had very strong bonds with colonialism and military opportunism -- both of which were very threatening to Japan as a political order at that time. It's rather difficult to believe that Christian Europeans in the 16th century thought that they could travel so far to Japan and convert the people there to follow their tenets laid out by the Catholic Church. Yet, the "Jesuits, Franciscans, Augustinians, and…. [read more]

Spain's Missionary Efforts in North American on Public Policy Towards Volatile Movements Term Paper

… Skills in weaving were needed to assist the Indians. They also were skilled in carpentry which was done under the direction of the craftsmen who was hired by the Spanish missionaries.

In the closing managing area of the mission, most of the time, Native Americans were expected to grow in their Christianity and also learn economics and political practices until they no longer need a special mission status. In Texas, the Catholic mission system was not that strong when it came to politics. It was not strong enough to protect the Native Americans against the growing power ranchers and other in the area. It also did not protect them against certain business interest that were seeking control over Spanish missions. Basically the Spanish missionaries system…. [read more]

Myths, Missions, and Mistrust: The Fate Research Paper

… Myths, Missions, And Mistrust:

The Fate of Christianity in 16th and 17th Century Japan"

Japan's history during the 16th and 17th century is quite spectacular and so it comes as no surprise that these centuries were also two of the most important in Japan's history. In his article entitled, "Myths, Missions, and Mistrust: The Fate of Christianity in 16th and 17th Century Japan," Nelson explores the failures of the Christian conversion operation that was brought to Japan by the Jesuits missionary Francis Xavier. Nelson (94) argues that one of the main reasons for the demise of Christianity was the Japanese rulers who saw the missionaries and, to a larger extent, the Christian religion, as troublesome. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Christian missionaries…. [read more]

Optical Revolutions How the Telescope Essay

… Optical Revolutions

How the Telescope was a More Significant Invention to the Microscope

Advances in optical technology made it possible for early modern scientists to explore both the vastness of the universe and the minute complexities of the microbial world. However, while the invention of the microscope has transformed medicine and, ultimately, the lives of virtually every living person on Earth, these advances took decades to play out and were initially considered trivial. In contrast, the telescope may have had a less profound impact on everyday life, but, through its influence on a seminal figure, sparked an explosive revolution in early modern European thought, challenged the intellectual hegemony of the Church, and, ultimately, shifted our sense of the universe and our place in it.

The…. [read more]

Boundaries Between Religion and Science Term Paper

… The mission statement of the University expressly reflects my commitment to blending humanitarian ideals and scientific endeavors. My volunteer work, my life history, and my academic background all contribute to my being an ideal candidate for admission to the Jesuit University.

In addition to vigorously pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in preparation for my future career, I will also contribute greatly to improving the texture of campus life. My Southeast Asian heritage will enrich campus diversity, the "diversity of perspectives, experiences, and traditions" that are "essential components of a quality education in our global context." My parents have instilled in me many of the core values reflected by the university: values such as social responsibility, commitment to service, common sense-based morality, and a respect for…. [read more]

Scientology Introducing a New Religious Research Paper

… This goal, we are told, is achieved through "Scientology technology" -- and a link is provided to another site: This site offers a series of introductory tutorials such as: "Find the Real Cause of Conflicts," or "Learn to Communicate with Ease and Confidence," or "How to Study." The video offering tips on how to communicate shows several scenes in which characters communicate pleasantly, politely, and effectively, and several scenes in which communication breakdowns occur. The video then offers a simple formula for communication: The speaker is Cause, the listener is Effect, and the space between them is Distance. The video then alludes to a number of other factors that can contribute to successful communication -- but it does not detail them. The implication is…. [read more]

American History the Huron Creation Story Thesis

… ¶ … American History

The Huron creation story is a story of brothers and sisters living together, and eating only a single basketful of corn everyday. One day, one of the sisters got tired of having to reap these corns everyday so she decided to simply cut down all the cornstalks. Having angered her siblings for ruining their subsistence, they decided to drop her through a hole in the ocean. The wild geese who were aware of a body about to fall, gathered closely and the woman fell gently on their backs. After getting tired of having to carry the woman in their backs, they looked for someone who will do the task for them - then came the turtle. A toad later came with…. [read more]

Dawn's Early Horror: Hiroshima and the End Book Review

… ¶ … Dawn's Early Horror: Hiroshima and the End of the "Good War"

The book Hiroshima by John Hersey and Sam Sloan answers a very important question: where were the "good" Japanese? After all, there are always people who do not have a clue about the surrounding conflict and are simply going about their daily activities. The answer is simple, yet complicated and profound at the same time: we were killing them with atom bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and with firebombs in Tokyo. Rightly or wrongly, Hiroshima was a victim of what so much else was in Japan in World War II: total war. The war on Japan was total in the sense that the divide between soldier and civilian was erased. Civilian centers…. [read more]

Father Eusebio Kino Term Paper

… The area at the time was under a constant threat from the powerful Apache Indian tribes so Padre Kino's used his ability to speak to the various Piman groups to bring them together in an act of unity against a common enemy. "This skirmish was a prelude to the events of March 30, 1698, when some 600 Jocomes, Sumas, Mansos, Janos, and Apaches attacked the new Sobaipuri rancher'a at Santa cruz, a league and a half from Quiburi. The people from Quiburi and other Pimas came to the rescue and eventually sent the enemy fleeing. On the ground 54 of the attackers lay dead, and 168 reportedly died later from the effects of the Pimas' poisoned arrows." (Wilson)

Through the Piman's common enemy, Kino helped…. [read more]

Theology of Liberation in America Creative Writing

… This is supported by the declaration that 'faith without works is dead.'[footnoteRef:13] Works are needed to make faith alive and faith that is not alive cannot be tied to salvation. To make works alive, however, one must correspond and communicate with the Holy Spirit. This is how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit interrelates with the doctrine of Salvation. [13: James 2:14-26]

The Holy Spirit
In order to understand the Holy Spirit from the standpoint of liberation theology, it is important to consider how Segundo explains the problem of ideologies: ideologies are human constructs that form obstructions between God and man. Ideologies are ways of thinking that actually lead to oppression instead of to freedom. Ideologies confine people into thought, whereas the Spirit is about…. [read more]

Pastoral Theology Ministry Term Paper

… Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

An Analysis of the Theology of Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Its Relation to Evangelical


There are many people in the last 150 years who have sought to embrace what is today called the virtue of evangelical poverty. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz is one of them. In her own words, Isasi-Diaz states, "I am an activist-theologian, and for me doing mujerista theology is one of the ways I participate in the struggle for the liberation of Latina women and our communities in the U.S.A."

For Isasi-Diaz, poverty is something from which modern communities need to be liberated. It is viewed as an economic evil from which spawn a number of social injustices and spiritual and corporal offenses. By working with impoverished Latino communities,…. [read more]

Direct Impact That Catholic Voices Literature Review

… Although initially Unda and OCIC were both founded separately and had no connection to one another what so ever, but after the 1960's both these organizations started coming together more and more as they started dividing the tasks, that before they were doing separately, among themselves. Unda started working with UNESCO in the activities regarding the media education[footnoteRef:9] whereas; OCIC became concerned with the internet and video productions. Since 1980's all the congresses and meetings were being held jointly and later on in 2001 due to the need for one large organization devoted to all the media of the world, these two organizations merged into one organization known as SIGNIS. [9: See the Unda publication Educommunication Nouvelles, which started in may 1987 as a trimestrial…. [read more]

California History US Essay

… Spanish Influence on California From 1542 Through the Early 1800s

In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing for the Spanish Crown, sailed from western Mexico north to San Diego Bay, claiming the "Island of California" (he was mistaken) for Spain.

Though many more expeditions by several other European countries followed over the next 100 years or so, none resulted in any permanent settlements. The truth is that, until the late 1700s, there was precious little that the Spanish could influence in California.

The Spanish King, Carlos III, decided that Spain would have to physically occupy California or risk losing it. In 1697, the Jesuit missionary Juan Maria de Salvatierra established the first permanent mission in Baja California Sur, which was part of New…. [read more]

Phoenix Program Term Paper

… ¶ … Phoenix Program Lessons to Iraq

Scope and Significance


The Phoenix Program in Vietnam

Lessons Learned from Phoenix

Applications for Iraq

Selected Bibliography


It is not at all unusual to hear popular comparisons made between the Vietnam War and the current war in Iraq and though most experts see only a casual relationship still others see a comparison that is not only valid but is applicable to the utilization of historical Vietnam tactics and lessons learned from them to formulate reasonable resolutions to the Iraq War. In a collection of essays analyzing the similarities and differences of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, ed. David Ryan demonstrates that the two wars are very similar in public sentiment…. [read more]

Jesus to Luther a Review Essay

… Jesus Christ tells us He is God in Scripture. In the Gospel of John alone there are several references to the divinity of Christ: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12); "Truly I say to you, before Abraham was I am" (John 8:59); "The Father and I are one" (John 10:38); "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28). Scripture does not hide the fact that Jesus has authority. But an interesting corollary to Christ's authority is here: what authority does Scripture have over us?

I can definitely see this course having an impact on my ministry. I can now visualize my ministry as being an extension of all the missions that came before me. I see the struggle I must take on to…. [read more]

Social Justice and the Gospel Essay

… Over the last three to four decades, the global landscape has changed to embrace a process called globalism. Globalism is a key change in that economic, political and cultural movements throughout the world move closer together as a result of economic cooperation and communication. Globalization has shrunk many aspects of the world that prevented social justice in the past. The Internet is available almost everywhere, the news media accesses even the darkest regions or states, and it has transformed the way culture, society, and the economy work in the modern era. The world is richer than ever, communicates more, trades more, and cooperates more than ever. To date, the most robust paradigm of globalization has been the way many countries are integrating themselves with each…. [read more]

Shusaku Endo Term Paper

… Shusaku Endo

The Concepts of Sacrifice and Unconditional Love in Christianity in the Context of Culture-Based Japanese Society: Analysis of Shusaku Endo's "Silence"

An important function that literature provides for humanity is that it enables the individual to take note of human history the subjective way, in a manner that the individual/writer -- the creator of this literary piece -- interpreted a specific event or incident relevant and/or significant to human history. In effect, more than just being an outlet for human expression, literature also acts an archive, wherein an individual's subjective interpretation of history is recorded and offered to other people to be judged or appreciated, or both.

The novel "Silence" by Shusaku Endo assumes this function of a literary piece: as a chronicler…. [read more]

Military Assistance Funding for Indonesia Term Paper

… U.S. Military Assistance Funding to Indonesia

The Causative People, Events, and Factors

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This case study examines the issues surrounding the influence, intervention, sanctions, and programs applied toward Indonesia support. Key to this study will be the individual people, groups, and institutions surrounding the successes and failures in this assistance and the motivations, perceptions, and agendas involved.

Historical Overview of Indonesia and United States' National Security Interests

According to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

, Indonesia is a strategic key to our National Security interests. Located strategically alongside several important international maritime crossroads, ingress to the United States from the sea must be managed from such strategic locations.

The…. [read more]

Catholic Church in Mexico Underscored Term Paper

… Liberals opposed these fueros. Not only was the church the principal lender, it also was exempt from taxation on investments and land holdings. However, neither faction represented the true majority: most conservative land-owners and many liberal industrialists saw the state as an institution that existed to protect their interests by keeping rural peasants and the urban workers under control. In this respect at least, they were similar to their counterparts in Great Britain.

In the aftermath of Mexico's defeat at the hands of the United States that lost the country half of its territory many blamed the conservatives and Santa Anna. Strong criticisms were also leveled at the Church and the military, institutions that were viewed as incapable of responding to the changes needed to…. [read more]

Black Death an Analysis Research Paper

… " Elsewhere come reports of the stench that arose from the mass graves of churchyards or the trenches in London. Looking back on it, James gives a somber perspective:

We know, as 14th century people suspected, that the mortality caused by the bubonic plague of the Black Death was the worst demographic disaster in the history of the world. We also know that the mortality came to an end in the first outbreak soon after 1350; contemporaries could not have known this would happen -- so far as they were concerned everyone might well die. Some treated each day as if it were their last: moral and sexual codes were broken, while the marriage market was revitalized by those who had lost partners in the…. [read more]

Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather Term Paper

… Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather's "Death Comes for the Archbishop" depicts the life journey of Father Latour as he is assigned to serve as the Catholic bishop in the New Mexico territory after it is annexed by the United States. Starting with the prologue, Cather makes clear that setting will play a critical role in the story and that we must look at New Mexico as a setting in terms of both geography and morality. As three cardinals first discuss the need to assign a bishop to the New Mexico territory, the reader is given a glimpse at the geographic and moral challenges Latour will face. The New Mexico territory is rugged terrain, larger than Eastern and Central Europe combined, and geographically isolated…. [read more]

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