In line with the expanded and improved storage space of the archives, APP-SJ is launching the “Living History Files.” This is to document and keep for posterity records of events in the Philippines in which Jesuits across apostolates and houses have been involved. We will not wait for years or decades to pass before archiving but will begin the archival process while the memories of the events are still alive. This is a new practice for the archives, which has traditionally sourced its documents from the inactive files of institutions and Jesuits who have passed away. This more proactive documenting and archiving is practiced by many institutions today.
“Motherhood of Mary: Gratitude, Peripheries and Hope” Antonio F Moreno SJ 01 January 2015 FaceBook’s controversial year-end gimmick reads: “It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.” I wonder if we can relate to this idea. Despite losing 10 Jesuits in 2014, it was a year of the Lord’s favor. We […]
There is a need to give life to new types of spirituality, relationships, and mission. The followers of Jesus must be born anew. Where do we find the “new”? First, in Jesus, in the gospels. Second, in the original charism of the Institute. Third, in the present, in today.
“may we, as friends in the Lord and servants of Christ’s mission, truly listen to the Spirit in our hearts, in the Church and in the world, so that this least Society might, ‘in all things,’ more totally and more joyfully love and serve the Lord and His people.”
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.