Monday, November 3, 2014

"Folly for Christ and the Glory of God" from "The Road from La Storta" by Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ (p. 91):

Thus Ignatius does not oppose the folly of the cross to the glory of God in the sense that one would truly wish to be a fool for Christ, but then his glory would be at variance with it. There does not exist one Gospel of the glory of God and another of the cross. One and one alone is the triumphant Easter proclamation: "By his death he has conquered death." In the exercise of the Kingdom [95], Ignatius considers the continuing work and mission of Christ as the entering of all humanity into the glory of the Father by its first following Christ on his way of the cross: "in bearing all wrongs and all abuse and all poverty, both actual and spiritual" [98]. To carry out the mission of Christ, which consists in proclaiming the Gospel of the glory of the Father to humankind which understands glory in a totally different way, is to make one's own the Gospel of the cross. This latter does not consist first of all in suffering and death, but primarily in vibrant life that comes through losing one's own self in self-gift and self-surrender so that the glory of the Father may shine forth in the lives of our brothers and sisters. It is the glory of the Father that will give a concrete form and expression to our mission of "carrying his cross."