Gratitude Magazine March 2015 Edition

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What Does the Jesuit Vocation entail? 

With a missionary tradition that goes back to St. Francis Xavier, the Apostle of the Indies, Jesuits continue to go wherever they are sent AD MAIROREM DEI GLORIAM – for the greater glory of God. The Jesuit apostolate is to be where others are not going. This means that Jesuits are constantly searching for areas and issues that are ‘no-go-areas’, wherein they find their comfort and joy. At present, they have, in response to Vatican II, focused their mission on education for faith and justice.


Jesuits and Mission 

Basically, Jesuits carry out their Mission for Humanity through preaching and teaching, but also through their exemplary lives. Each Jesuit is trained to direct retreats (especially using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius).  The Society of Jesus is famous for its intellectual tradition, which is exercised mainly through secondary schools and universities.  A good number of Jesuits are into writing and publication.


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