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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spirituality: A Community of Discernment

The Jesuit community is a community of discernment. The missions on which Jesuits are sent, whether corporately or individually, do not exempt us from the need of discerning together in what manner and by what means such missions are to be accomplished. That is why we open our minds and hearts to our superiors and our superiors, in turn, take part in the discernment of our communities, always on the shared understanding that final decisions belong to those who have the burden of authority.


  1. I appreciate the wording "burden of authority". Too often in our world people hunger after the "power" which seems to come with authority. When regarded in the light of God's wisdom, we realize that authority carries with it the burden of making decisions that affect many lives. May the wisdom of God be with all who make these decisions.

    1. Yes, responsibility is service and is a burden. Pastors are told them are bound to their church and they are responsible for the souls within it. It is enormous responsibility.

    2. Well said, Lynda and well said, John!

      Another reason to pray for Jesuit superiors, and indeed, all who have authority. May the Holy Spirit brood over those who have important decisions to make.