When your favorite Jesuit moonlights as a model

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Have you ever gotten to know a priest only to discover that your conception of who he was was misguided? Too often priests have either the best or the worst assumed of them, and the result is that we, the laity, fail to see them as they are: human.

Our guest this week is Chris Yates, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University who has created a fine-art coffee table book that seeks to show the Jesuits he had grown close to as they truly were. Emmaus: The Nature of the Way profiles several Jesuit priests with two portraits. One is a traditional headshot, the other is an informal composition of each Jesuit doing one of his hobbies: gardening, cooking, stand-up. It’s a beautiful book filled with over 100 portraits, some of which can be found on Yates’s site.

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Some housekeeping notes: you’ll notice that this week’s episode is a bit shorter than normal. As much as we, your gracious Jesuitical team, would love to keep delivering full-length episodes 52 weeks out of the year, we’re taking Advent to rest and prepare our hearts for Christmas. So there won’t be any Signs of the Times or Consolations and Desolations for a few weeks. BUT, that said, we didn’t want to leave you with nothing! So we’ve saved some really great interviews that we’ll be releasing every Friday through the rest of the year.

Until next time, may you find your Advent calendars filled with chocolate or bourbon.

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