Next, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, SJ, addressed the topic “The inner struggle and conversion of Íñigo López de Oñaz y Loyola”. In his lecture, he developed on several levels the process of discernment of Saint Ignatius from the wound of Pamplona to his death in Rome. He dealt successively with the pilgrim Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus and author of the Constitutions of the Order, his Superior General of the Jesuits, and the Roman Ignatius, who combined the writing of some 7,000 letters with a Spiritual Diary that revealed his more mystical side. In his journey of conversion throughout a rich and multifaceted life, Ignatius was marked by the continuous presence of the magis, his progressively purified inclination to the fulfilment of God’s will, and the orientation of his vocation and the charism of the Society of Jesus towards “helping souls”.
In the afternoon, the Prefect of the Congregation for
the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, gave a talk entitled “Holiness:
discerning the presence of God and finding him in all things”. He focused on
the desires to seek God found in Saint Ignatius, as well as in all the great
spiritual authors and saints in their respective paths of holiness. He stressed
how it is a discerned search for God’s will, which is possible to find. He also
referred to various parts of the Spiritual Exercises and their culmination in
the “Contemplation to attain love”. Recalling Pope Francis, he pointed out the
importance of always asking oneself which God one wants to seek and find, for
which discernment is essential as a condition for finding His presence in everything.
The event was closed by Prof. Emilio González Magaña,
SJ, who pointed out how St. Ignatius is a reliable witness to the search for
God for those who want to order their lives, as the book of the Exercises points out.
With this collaboration in the launching of the Ignatian Year, the Pontifical
Gregorian University has played a specific role corresponding to its charism of
leadership in the intellectual apostolate at the service of the Society of
Jesus and the Ignatian family in the Church.