From GC35 Dec 6 no. 15 on Collaboration:
“Collaboration in Mission has resulted in abundant blessings for the apostolates of the Society. Being with apostolic collaborators in mission encourages us to live more fully and authentically our Jesuit religious vocation. Ultimately, we bring to these relationships our own identity as men of the vows and the Constitutions, men whose experience of the Spiritual Exercises has bound us to one another and to a particular pathway to God. “Vision for the Society” in 2031: Our Father General, Arturo Sosa, was recently quoted by our South Asian Regional Assistant, Fr. Vernon D’Cunha, as saying that he feels 2031 will see the Society as:
i) Servant collaborators;
ii) More austere and looking at reality through the eyes of the poor;
iii) Promoting Brother vocations;
iv) Less in number, [presently we are 300 less each year] with more stress on quality and spiritual depth and working more with others;
v) Problem of clerical dominance to be avoided. We are servants of Christ’s mission;
vi) More available and mobile to go anywhere as servants of universality;
vii) Rooted locally;
viii) Enriching each other as a multicultural body…not a multinational body!
ix) A more flexible community and better communication;
x) Collaboration should be an integral part of our way of proceeding…we will have no choice in the matter!!
This is one step further than GC35. [Editor] A further reflection from Fr. General concerned how Discernment and Apostolic Planning must go together. WHAT we do is not so important but HOW we do it.
Word of God:
God, who supplies seed to sow and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people but also produce an outpouring of gratitude to God.” [2 Cor 9: 10-12]
Let us pray for the success of the upcoming Indian Bazaar in St. Ignatius College, Sydney, Australia, which will be attended by Fr. Provincial Santosh and Fr. Bob Slattery. May God bless the day with good weather and generous hearts. We pray for the ongoing REGAE Meets and for all our sick companions and those studying and witnessing here and abroad. You are not forgotten!
We pray for vocations through the powerful intercession of our September SJ Heroes: Peter Claver, Robert Bellarmine, our European Martyrs, Francis Garate and the Spanish Martyrs. May those who “Come and See” be blessed with the wholeheartedness of Peter, the love for the Church of Robert, the humility of Francis Garate and the courage of our Martyrs.
[a short prayer from St. Peter Claver] “Seek God in all things and we shall find God by our side. “Amen.
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