He looked at the year that is ending, highlighting the importance of the discernment process that led to the choice of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences. He insisted that discernment, for us Jesuits, is not only “a buzzword,” something we promote because Pope Francis has made it one of his recurring themes. It is a way of looking at reality, of making decisions in the light of faith, leaving room for the Spirit of God present at the heart of the world. He mentioned that the Society has begun and wants to keep sharing its experience of discernment with ecclesial authorities and other actors in the religious world through leadership training sessions.
With regard to the Preferences, Father Sosa has defined them as four dimensions that must mark each of our commitments, each of our works. These are orientations that inspire our way of life and, in this sense, they must be understood as “a whole” and not as four options from which Jesuits or Jesuit works can choose one or the other. “We are not starting from scratch,” he said. These orientations are already present in our lives and commitments because they are in line with the implementation of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council, in connection with Pope Francis’ “programme.”
Finally, the General clarified for journalists that everything the Society is doing is our response to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth, which we have heard loud and clear. He told them: “You, as communication professionals, listen to the cry of today’s world and seek to make it heard by all. In this way, both you and we can contribute to building a future full of hope.”