Later in the day, Fr. General traveled with Provincial Vidmantas Šimkūnas to meet with Catholic press and media representatives who wanted to cover the visitation. After a brief introduction by the Provincial, Fr. General was asked about the state of the Society of Jesus, both worldwide and within Lithuania.
Among the stronger themes that Fr. General stressed during the press conferences was the gift of the Spiritual Exercises. According to the General, the Exercises is a treasure that, when given properly, both allows Jesuits to accompany the faithful on their journey, AND gives the faithful powerful tools to discern their own way in a complex world. Reacting to a comment from a journalist who suggested that the Church does not make enough use of the Spiritual Exercises or the discernment process, Fr. Sosa alluded to the Holy Father’s talks and homilies which are grounded in the Spiritual Exercises and discernment. He also mentioned that the Exercises in contemporary life are conducted not only by Jesuits, but by lay colleagues who have internalized Ignatian Spirituality as a way to meet Christ and be transformed.
One of the topics that surfaced throughout the day was the rumoured reconfiguration of Jesuit Provinces in the area. On this subject, Fr. General offered that the Society‘s structure is deliberately flexible in order to best serve the mission, and that a man enters not a particular Province, but the worldwide Society of Jesus. He took the opportunity to mention that, always searching for better ways to serve, Jesuits look to collaborate with others, both in bringing others into the Jesuit mission and reaching out to collaborate in missions that are led by people of good will. In that context, now is a favorable time to develop networks, to use all means of communication and to adapt the structure of the Society to better serve God’s mission.
On Monday, May 6, Father Sosa moved on to the next step of this journey to Central Europe, Poland.