why did you want to make this film about St. Ignatius?
I consider it a privilege to study theology in Rome; a
privilege also to live with Jesuits from all over the world. At the Collegio del Gesù, we have the chance to
live close to the “Camerette”, the
rooms where St. Ignatius spent the latter part of his life. This gives us a
sense of being close to Ignatius and his spirituality during this period of his
life. The rooms are a common heritage of all Jesuits and, sadly, many would not
get a chance to experience them as we do. I think it is our duty to share this
experience. We thought that producing an audio-visual drama was a good way to
do this in today’s culture and it might also fit in well with the Ignatian
what is the subject of the video?
The title, A
Limping Pilgrim; the Roman Sojourn, highlights our main ideas; “A Limping Pilgrim”,
of course, refers directly to Ignatius who considered himself a pilgrim. He
never saw himself as settled, having reached the end. He always had to discern
in order to find God’s will. Of course, the fact that he had a lifelong limp,
not only evokes his physical disability but also his psychological and
spiritual limp. He experienced instability, which he was able to overcome by
finding stability in his relationship with God. A holy man with a limp! He
needed God to move forward on his journey. This could be our common call too,
to balance human efforts along with the graces of God.
do you focus specifically on the last days of his life in Rome?
The “Roman sojourn” refers not only to his last
days but to that last period of his life when, being close to God in a mystical
relationship, he managed to occupy himself with the concrete government and
advancement of the Society. For example, on the day before his death, when he
knew finally that his time has come to meet his creator, amidst pain he was
still discussing the need to purchase a piece of land for the Roman College.