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Goals of every Jesuit

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The foundation of what every Jesuit aspires is the "Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola." The following 10 features, may serve as a summary of qualities or goals that every Jesuit pursues.

  1. Dedication to the "Greater" glory of God -  This gives the Jesuit a kind of holy restlessness, a ceaseless effort to do better, to achieve the more or, in Latin, the Magis. Ignatius may be said to have been a God-intoxicated man in the sense that he made "the greater glory of God" the supreme norm of every action, great or small.

  2. A Personal love for Jesus Christ and a desire to be counted among his close companions -  Repeatedly in the Exercises, Jesuits pray to know Christ more clearly, to love him more dearly and to follow him more nearly.

  3. To labour with, in, and for the Church, and to think at all times "with the Church."

  4. Apostolic Availability -  To be at the disposal of the Church, available to labour in any place, for the sake of the greater and more universal good.

  5. Union of hearts and minds -  Jesuits are to see themselves as "Friends in the Lord" and as parts of a body bound together by a communion of minds and hearts.

  6. Preference for spiritual ministries -  In the choice of ministries, Ignatius writes, "spiritual goods ought to be preferred to bodily," since they are more conducive to the "ultimate and supernatural end."

  7. Discernment -  Ignatius distinguished carefully between ends and means, choosing the means best suited to achieve the end in view. He teaches the discipline of indifference in the sense of detachment from anything that is not to be sought for its own sake.

  8. Adaptability -  Ignatius always paid close attention to the times, places and persons with which he was dealing. He took care to frame general laws in such a way as to allow for flexibility in application.

  9. Respect for human and natural capacities -  Although Ignatius relied primarily on spiritual means, such as divine grace, prayer and sacramental ministry, he took account of natural abilities, learning, culture and manners as gifts to be used for the service and glory of God. For this reason he showed a keen interest in education.

  10. A synthesis of the active and the contemplative life -  According to Jerome Nadal (1507-80), who spoke of the Jesuit practice, it is a special grace of the whole Society to be contemplative not only in moments of withdrawal but also in the midst of action, thus "seeking God in all things."

For further explanation of the Jesuit Charism, click on the documents below from the 34th and 35th General Congregations of the Society of Jesus: "Our Way of Proceeding" and " A Fire that Kindles other Fires"

 

The following section is adopted from the www.thinkjesuit.org website.

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