Will we be able to exchange our false identity to
become pilgrims, forever lame like Ignatius - a mark of the movement of grace
through our vulnerability - and like Jacob too, who walked wounded from then on
after his combat with the angel? In that combat, Jacob - later to become Israel
- ceased to be a runaway adolescent and became a human being capable of facing
the conflicts before him. Ignatius, too, ceased to be an ambitious and erratic
young man in search of his own glory and set out in pursuit of his Lord and his
In the bed of convalescence - personal and collective
- in which we find ourselves, will we be able to distinguish our fantasies from
the true call for which we were born, and which we have to listen to together?
Will we be able to distinguish the satisfactions that intoxicate us from the
calls that unbind us and set us on our way?
When we have set out on the march towards our
Jerusalem, will we be ready to stop as often as necessary, as Ignatius did in
Manresa, and descend into our own hells, into our own shadows, to get rid of
all the debris we have left there?
Are we really willing to see all things new? Will we
allow a Light to enter through that wound that will blind us to what we already
know in order to receive an understanding of God, of the world and of ourselves
that we do not know yet?
If so, that wound will have become fruitful in us and
it will have made sense to celebrate this fifth centenary, which risks
dismantling us as it did the youngest son of the Loyola family. Let us prepare
ourselves to be set in a new direction, not the one we choose but the one that
shows itself when, listening, we come to discern the Voice of God.
this the opportunity we also have on a planetary level as we experience our