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.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Spirituality: Pope Francis on Opening Up
But there is also another
transcendence: opening oneself up to others, to one’s neighbour. We must not be
a Church closed in on itself, which looks at its navel, a self-referential
Church, who looks at itself and is not able to transcend. Twofold transcendence
is important: toward God and toward one’s neighbour. Coming out of oneself is
not an adventure; it is a journey, it is the path that God has indicated to
men, to the people from the first moment when he said to Abraham, “Go from your
country.” He had to go out of himself. And when I come out of myself, I meet
God and I meet others. How do you meet others? From a distance or up close? You
must meet them up close, closeness. Creativity, transcendence and closeness.
Closeness is a key word: be near. Do not be afraid of anything. Being close.
The man of God is not afraid. Paul himself, when he saw many idols in Athens,
was not scared. He said to the people: "You are religious, many idols ...
but, I'll speak to you about another." He did not get scared and he got
close to them. He also cited poets: "As your poets say..." It’s about
closeness to a culture, closeness to people, to their way of thinking, their
sorrows, their resentments. Many times this closeness is just a penance,
because we need to listen to boring things, to offensive things.