Faith, itself is a gift. At its heart lies a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the great community of Faith, his church. In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the Society has a wonderful opportunity of helping people, whatever their situation, to enter into this personal relationship and helping them to discover in what way Jesus is calling them to discipleship. One of the main areas of the Secretary’s work is in the area of spirituality, theological reflection and formation, so that the extraordinary work which the Society is already doing through the Exercises can be developed. In addition, there are other areas which the Secretary is concerned with, especially evangelisation, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.
Of course, while there is only one Faith in the one Christ, each culture will express that in its own way. Although universal, the Church lives in very different political and social situations in each of its communities. This is not new to the Church’s experience. Is something they have been doing since the first Pentecost and it is certainly reflected in the many different forms of the Society’s ministries. It is part of the creativity of a living faith that it seeks ways of adapting to these environments so that the great gift of reconciliation, life and hope that Jesus Christ offers may be available to all. From this rapid overview it is obvious that the horizon of the Secretary’s work is expansive. It is still ‘a work in progress’ and perhaps it always will be