Furthermore, beyond the numbers, global prayer is a beautiful time to
unite ourselves through Ignatian spirituality and to strengthen our sense of
belonging. In prayer, we are confronted with moments of silence, messages, testimonies,
images, music, and the possibility of interacting with each other and
expressing ourselves, and we feel united by the challenge of answering such profound
questions. “Seemingly small things matter”.
The whole prayer was a call to conversion, just as Ignatius had experienced
it. As the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa, pointed
out, “this Ignatian Year should be an
opportunity for an experience. We want to invite people to live an experience
of conversion (...) it is about knowing Christ more clearly (...) We want this
celebration to be a spiritual experience”. An invitation “to see all things
new in Christ”. But conversion does not happen once and for all, insisted the
Pope and Father General. Because Ignatius was converted day by day, throughout
his life, by putting Christ at the center.
As Pope Francis pointed out: “On this pilgrimage that is the world, we
meet others. God speaks to us through them and through situations.” “Seemingly
small things matter.” Conversion is carried out in dialogue with God, with
others and with the world. Because “no
one is saved alone. Either we are saved in community or we are not saved at all”.
Prayer also unites us as an Ignatian family in this pilgrimage, in this journey
that we’re taking together. Seemingly
small things matter. May we, like Ignatius, be prepared to follow God’s
dream for us.