Why should we keep returning to Bethlehem every Christmastime? Bethlehem reminds us of the poverty, simplicity and humility so important to understand God’s ways.
I invite the whole Society to enter into a process of deep and genuine spiritual discernment about our life and mission during the coming months. Since Pope Francis has called the entire Church to profound renewal, in view of the many needs and hopes of the Church and world, we can happily embrace his invitation and challenge in the concrete details of preparing for GC 36. I therefore ask all Province Congregations to reflect prayerfully on the following question:
“Meditating on the call of the Eternal King, what do we discern to be the three most important calls that the Lord makes to the whole Society today?”
In the school, we are spending this first year of preparation for our diamond jubilee by celebrating the legacy of mission to the frontiers. You may have noticed in the corridor, on the way to this room, that we have put up posters of the Jesuit pioneers of the school. We have also been asking ourselves, “if we are to be faithful to the spirit of St. Francis, what are our present day frontiers?”
I could get all dramatic and say that in walking that narrow passage with tall walls, I felt like I was leaving civilization behind. But it was nothing like that. I remember Fr. Gil making some remark like “this is it” but that was all. Security was much like any Makati high-rise give your ID, sign on a log sheet. Only the pat down was different.
November 2015 is the target turn-over date for the new building of the Jesuit Health and Wellness Center (JHWC), now being constructed in the area between Loyola House of Studies and Eliazo Residence Hall on the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.