Dear Members of the McQuaid Jesuit Community:
Since the beginning of the school year, the students, faculty, and staff have been pausing at various points during the school day to pray in a very focused way. In particular, the entire community has been stopping at the conclusion of “X” and “Y” days to participate in the Examen of Saint Ignatius Loyola. The prayer, led by a variety adults over the public address system, invites our community to discover God by reflecting on the experiences of our individual and collective lives. Saint Ignatius believed that God could be found “in all things,” and the Examen asks us to look at “all things” within and around us in order to find God.
In yesterday’s Advent Liturgy, we heard the prophet Zephaniah proclaim:
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.
As people of faith, we believe God always is being born into our lives. As the prophet says, “God is in our midst.”
As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us seek for God, born into our lives on a daily basis. Whether it is through the Examen, the words of the prophets, or in the images of the newborn Christ that surround us these days, God is made flesh and therefore God is to be found. My prayer is that we seek God, and we find God, especially in the busyness of these Christmas days.
Robert E. Reiser, S.J.
Fr. Reiser assumed the presidency of McQuaid Jesuit July 1, 2014, becoming the school's 13th president. A native of Buffalo, Fr. Reiser attended Canisius High School and earned his bachelor of science in Accounting from Canisius College. Following his undergraduate studies, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1986. Along with teaching, Fr. Reiser has served many roles throughout his career, including director of Campus Ministry at Canisius High School, director of Vocations for the Society of Jesus in New York City, and president of St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City.