Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spirituality: Seeing and Loving the World as Jesus Did

Today, the Society of Jesus, in carrying out its mission, experiences the companionship of the Lord and the challenge of the Cross. Commitment to “the service of faith and the promotion of justice,” to dialogue with cultures and religions, takes Jesuits to limit-situations where they encounter energy and new life, but also anguish and death – where “the Divinity is hidden.” The experience of a hidden God cannot always be avoided, but even in the depths of darkness when God seems concealed, the transforming light of God is able to shine. God labors intensely in the hiddenness. Rising from the tombs of personal life and history, the Lord appears when we least expect, with his personal consolation as a friend and as the center of a fraternal and servant community. From this experience of God laboring in the heart of life, our identity as “servants of Christ’s mission” rises up ever anew.