But Wisdom calls us to engage secularization, not fear it. It is a chance to be present in a NEW way: to ask how God is at work here and now. It is an opportunity to choose in a free and decisive way to live our faith. This enriches all of secular society—even those who follow a different path. Not all people are artists, yet all are enriched by the beauty they produce. Likewise, not all people have faith, yet all can be enriched by our life in the Spirit. In every society, there is a need for transcendence, for something larger than oneself, for worship. There is a need for values that enlarge self-interest and foster magnanimity, a need for the self-giving and for the hope that come from the crucified and risen Lord. A need for action that supports a Common Good.
Reading the Signs of the Times invites us also to initiate a “Time for Prayer and Action.”
We must face the challenges in front of us: the growing nationalism and populism, the widening economic disparity, the increasing political instability, the growing disregard for the common good, the neglect of the most vulnerable and immigrants, the number of families displaced by war, those suffering at the margins, the worsening environmental degradation.
What can we do from the inspiration of Wisdom? We Jesuits are finding some pathways to answers that bring together prayer and action.
* We can make ourselves more and more companions of Jesus from our closeness to the Poor.
* We can work with them for social justice and for a change in economic, political and social policies and causes.
* We can understand better the processes that generate injustice and help develop alternative models.
* We can propose a globalisation process that is based on interculturality.
* We can take care of migrants, those displaced, and those who are trafficked.
* We can strengthen democracy by forming citizens and promoting vocations to public service and policies to nurture the Common Good.