On the one hand, some experiences will be similar, as
Jesuits share the same texts of Scripture, the same Spiritual Exercises of St.
Ignatius, very similar structures of formation and mission, and similar
experiences of community life. On the other hand, differences will surface as
well - coming out of the members’ unique family upbringings, the varied
cultural and linguistic heritages, the Jesuit traditions and practices that are
specific to one or another Jesuit Province. Sharing these differences is
important as it confirms the conviction that our lives as religious is a
witnessing to the possibility of unity in diversity, of that communion which
makes a varied group of Jesuits true ‘friends in the Lord’.
Father General says it best: “The intention of this week is to create a space in which we can
recognize this variety and understand how it is part of the gift that God makes
to the Society, the Church, and humanity. We seek to experience in this group
of companions how our union of minds and hearts is not homogeneity or
uniformity but harmony and communion born from the heart of Christ...”
Father General has proposed this unique meeting of the
Expanded Council as a fitting way to start this Ignatian Year. By sharing and
listening to each other, the hope is that this group can grow as a discerning
body at the service of the mission of the Society.
the very end of the last day, there will also be a brief report about the work
of the Commission for the revision of the “Statutes on Poverty” and the Instruction on the Administration of Goods.