Jesuit Novitiate
Novitiate of the Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus

The fourth vow of obedience to the Pope regarding missions

by Pál Füszfás

Jesuits in general are always sent, i.e. they do not choose what to do, which mission to carry out, in which part of the world to live. They receive their mission from their superiors, in hierarchical order up to the pope. They do this because they want to serve the Church where they can do the greatest good and they are aware that a superior sees the needs better and they believe that he receives from the Spirit the grace to be able to discern God’s desire.In the summer we novices go to help in various works to get to know the realities of the Society and to lend a hand where there is need.

This summer I was looking forward to the summer camp of the Catholic Action group I follow. I especially wanted the opportunity to spend a lot of time together to get to know each other better. This would certainly have helped us to establish a deeper relationship, so that I could better carry out my apostolate during the year. But this summer I am sent to Hungary, I will be doing various youth camps, helping with manual labour in an exercise house and participating in other shorter events.

This is my first small experience of the fourth vow, which mainly concerns the missions. I would like to do something, I am convinced that it would be beautiful and would help souls, but my superiors ask for something else. This experience helps me to better understand what it means to be sent where there is most need. I cannot discern what is most important but I rely on my superiors.

This summer the Church is calling me to Hungary.

Pál Füszfás

The summer I would like

What is the summer I would like?

I would like to travel and see new places and meet new people with their lives, desires and dreams. I would also like to always have something new to do so that I don’t get bored, to share part of my holiday with people I know so that we can ‘walk’ together. Of course I would also like not to feel burdened by time in order to be able to pray and meet the Lord.

Well, it would seem impossible to have a summer like that…but no, summer for a novice is really a combination of the things I mentioned. After ten days’ holiday with the brothers of the community, we leave to go to different places in Italy where we will perform services for different realities or for the summer activities of our company. It will be an opportunity to help others in something beautiful and enriching for them and for us. The summer will be varied with meaningful encounters and we will certainly be able to meet the Lord in prayer and in the faces of the people we will meet. We will also experience the summer activities of the groups we have followed during this apostolate year, to walk together. Someone might think but when do you rest? As I always answer: there is always time to rest in the future, now is the time to live fully.

Alessandro Di Mauro

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