The Sparrow

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The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell, is a story with so many odd and ironic twists that it can blind you from the philosophical ideas that Mary is really trying to throw out there. With a group of people traveling on an asteroid on the quest to learn about alien life, it seems more like an action packed science-fiction novel than a book with religious and moral issues. But Mary 's incredible skills as a storyteller forces readers to truly tests their knowledge and beliefs. The main character, Emilio Sandoz, looks at the Stella Maris mission not only as a way to be the first to make contact with alien life forms, but also as a quest to find God, since in his eyes, this amazing journey must be God showing him his purpose. Sofia Mendes, who…show more content…
The experiences that she has such as these puts so much frustration in her system that is steers her away from truly having full faith in God.
Emilio Sandoz is Jesuit priest, desperately trying to find his way towards God. Being a Jesuit, he is the member of the Roman Catholic religious order or the Society of Jesus. He is part of the largest single religious order, devoted to the pope and ruled by its general who lives in Rome. Jesuit training can last for more than 15 years. They spend 2 years in spiritual training, after which he takes the simple vows of the regulars – chastity, poverty and obedience. Then as a scholastic, he spends 13 years and sometimes longer in study and teaching, completed by an additional year of spiritual training.
Emilio felt that becoming a Jesuit would create some good in his life. Before his training, his beliefs about God weren 't very concrete, but thought that after the many years of dedication, he would eventually believe. As a middle-aged man, however, it turned out that he still had doubts. “If he could not put his faith directly in God, who remained unknowable, he could place it in the structure of the Society and in his superiors – in D.W. Yarbrough and in Father General da Silva” (Russell 111). He lacked any kind of revelation within his life at the time that took his mind into a greater spiritual place. While reading the first half of the book, it is confusing

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