John Predmore, S.J., is a Northeast Province Jesuit and was the pastor of Jordan's English language parish. He studies art and directs BC High's adult spiritual formation programs. Formerly a retreat director in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Ignatian Spirituality is given through guided meditations, weekend-, 8-day, and 30-day Retreats based on The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian Spirituality serves the contemporary world as people strive to develop a friendship with God.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Pope Francis met with the priests of the Diocese of Caserta
The question I ask you: how is
it possible in this society, with a Church that hopes for growth and
development, in this society in an evolution that is dynamic and conflictual
and very often distant from the values of the Gospel of Christ, that we are a
Church very often behind? Your linguistic, semantic, cultural revolution, your
evangelical witness is stirring an existential crisis for us priests. What
imaginative and creative ways do you suggest for us to overcome or at least to
mitigate this crisis that we perceive? Thank you.
Pope Francis: How is it
possible, with the Church growing and developing, to move forward? You said a
few things: balance, openness to dialogue ... But, how can you go forward? You
said a word that I really like. It is a divine word. If it is human it is
because it is a gift of God: creativity. And the commandment God gave to Adam,
"Go and multiply. Be creative. "It is also the commandment that Jesus
gave to his disciples, through the Holy Spirit, for example, the creativity of
the early Church in its relations with Judaism: Paul was creative; Peter, that
day when he went to Cornelius, was afraid of them, because he was doing
something new, something creative. But he went there. Creativity is the word.
And how can you find this creativity? First of all - and this is the condition
if we want to be creative in the Spirit, that is in the Spirit of the Lord
Jesus - there's no other way than prayer. A bishop who does not pray, a priest
who does not pray has closed the door, closed the way of creativity. It is
exactly in prayer, when the Spirit makes you feel something, the devil comes
and makes you feel another; but prayer is the condition for moving forward.
Even if prayer many times can seem boring. Prayer is so important. Not only the
prayer of the Divine Office, but the liturgy of the Mass, quiet, celebrated
well with devotion, personal prayer with the Lord.