WHY I AM A JESUIT PRIEST
Rick Malloy, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and cultural anthropologist. He is the author of _A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (2007) and _Being on Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholicism_ (2014), both published by ORBIS Books
My life as a Jesuit Priest, college professor and University Chaplain at the University of Scranton, calls me to preach a full and flexible Catholicism, a religion trumpeting the fact that God loves us (see my books _A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century_ (2008) and _Being on Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholic Faith_ (2014) [both from Orbis books]). The God who is Love calls us to construct a world wherein all can grow Happy and Healthy and Holy and Free. Christians, as followers of Jesus, are all invited and impelled by the Holy Spirit to live a Faith that does Justice. Justice consists in the Righting of Relationships on both personal and societal levels. Jesus wants us to reach out to our sisters and bothers around the globe who suffer in poverty and share the wealth of the world. St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus (i.e., the Jesuits) said it best: "Love is better expressed in deeds rather than in mere words."