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

Contemplatives in action

by Gianluca Severin

The Jesuits preach the Word and lead exercises, celebrate the Eucharist and reconcile those who repent, walk with the least and the excluded, repair relationships, accompany young people, protect the creation, work in schools, prisons, hospitals, compose songs, they study the universe, they carry out all the works that seem useful to the glory of God and the common good… and, in doing so, they pray.
It is not easy: in the flow of events we struggle to grasp their spiritual meaning, immersed in work and relationships we rarely preserve the interior silence of eternal light in which God lives. This is why we begin the journey along the ways of the world in the quiet of the novitiate.

God called us, in a murmur of light breeze (1 Kings 19.12), to speak to our hearts.
Here the Father welcomes us and guards us, He embraces us, we whisper “Abba…”. The closer and united we become to the Creator, the more we receive His love and grace.
Here the Son saves us from the cold and gloomy boredom of an existence spent on myself, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. (Gal 2.20), He unites us intimately to the desire to save every creature, to be sent into the world with a meek and humble heart, free and generous for every lost brother and sister.
Here the Spirit gives us faith, hope and love, in us flourish both the adoration and the commitment to the world.
Here we enter the mystery, in the intimacy with the Person. Whoever listens to His Word can also perceive His silence, so as to act through His Word and be recognized through His silence; our heart becomes altar of an incessant prayer, our life a living, holy, pleasing offering to God (Rom 12.1).
In the whirlwind of the days this interior silence allows us to remain in His presence and to see Him in all things.

Now the life that blooms, the radiant sun on our skin, the purity of the water between our fingers, the vigorous wind on our face resonate in us in praise.
The rejoicing with those who are in joy, the sadness with those who are in tears (Rom 12.15), the listening and welcoming, living and concrete love for each person, for the whole person resonate in us in serving.
Participating in the hopes and struggles of humankind, we live the desire for His Kingdom to come, for His will to be done.
For every gesture of kindness, for the beauty of every smile, for every glimpse of truth, for every free choice we can give thanks.
For every brother and sister, for those we meet, for those we help, for those who help us, for those who oppose us we can intercede.
For every selfishness, for every indifference, for every closure we can repent.
In the reality that challenges us we can listen and discern, ready and available to the signs of the Spirit.
What previously averted and distracted us is now the horizon in which we can seek and find God: our monastery is the world.

(Whoever wants to join the Company) Also make sure to have God before his eyes as long as he live, before anything else [Formula Instituti]

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