Thursday, May 12, 2005

Peter Milward SJ & the Jesuits in general

For anyone with a love of literature or poetry, I recommend Fr. Peter Milward, S.J. He's been actively publishing for 40+ years so there is a lot one can consider. He especially known for his work on Shakespeare and Hopkins among much else that I'm probably not aware of. What's incredible to me is that he's been doing all of this great work in Japan all that time. What a great gift to Japan he is!

The Peter Milward Homepage

The Catholicism of Shakespeare's Plays

Shakespeare's Apocalypse

A Commentary on the Sonnets of G.M. Hopkins

A Poetic Approach to Ecology

The Simplicity of the West

Fr. Milward is a "Giant Thinker" and a Jesuit as well. I think that by being both of these has something to do with each other. It has to do something with their formation. When you consider a short list of great thinkers in the last century, several great minds are thought of, which include Teilhard, de Lubac, Balthasar, Jungman, Rahner, Hardon, Dulles, Latourelle, Baker, Fessio, Schall, Pacwa, (and Jape of course.!) If I missed anyone of importance, please alert me in the comments. Now of course, one could probably give a counter-list of Jesuits who border on heresy or at least have a schismatic disposition, i.e. Reese, etc. One shouldn't focus on the "sinners" though, but on the "saints." And what a religious community of giant thinkers it is! What other religious order can claim to be equal in the last century? Maybe the Dominicans? ...Congar, Chenu, Garrigou-Lagrange, Sertillanges, Ashley, Di Noia, Cessario, Cameron, O'Donnell, Nichols, etc.


Fred said...

Ah Peter Milward!

I saw him when he visited Rockhurst for the Hopkins centennial.

Great man.

Anonymous said...

Aidan Nichols OP being another contemporary Great Thinker...

Fr. D.L. Jones said...

Sir, I am deeply, deeply honored to have your presence on this blog. You have made my day! I hope sometime in the future to see and meet your human face and shake your hand.

I actually had one of Fr. Nichol's books on my bookstand, which reminded me that I had left this "giant" off my list. He is actually on my left column though, which is reserved for only the best! Regardless, I apologize for this grievous error.

Anonymous said...


I'm shocked! I click on the Peter Milward home page, and the first thing that appears is a picture of a man wearing a necktie! I thought all the good Jesuits wore Roman collars.

Fr. D.L. Jones said...

Well even Frs. Giussani, Carron & Pino have been known to not wear their collars at times. Let us not judge them solely on this criteria.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Sertillanges OP

Fr. D.L. Jones said...

Ah yes, one cannot forget about The Intellectual Life, etc.

Fred said...

More Jebbies:
John F. Kavanaugh SJ of St Louis Univ."
Yves de Montcheuil, Charles Nicolet, Jean Zupan
Already mentioned, below: Fr. Koterski

Don't forget the invaluable gift of the Benedictines, the Carmelites, and others who live lives of prayer.

Fred said...

Even more Jebbies!
Raymond Gawronski, author of Word and Silence: Hans Urs Von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West
Tomas Cardinal Spidlik and Marko Ivan Rupnik, who remodeled the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Vatican.
Walter J. Ong
Bishop Peter Henrici
Edward T. Oakes

Hugo Rahner
Jacques Servais

Jan Bots
Francis J Canavan
Georges Chantraine
W. Norris Clarke

Fred said...

For some reason, links for Karl Rahner and James Schall did not appear above.
Karl Rahner
James V. Schall