Message from Father General to the meeting of Brothers
Feast of St Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ, 31 October 2021
I am very happy to be able to send a warm greeting to you on the feast of St.
Alphonsus Rodriguez. It is a special day for Brothers around the world. Brother
Alphonsus was a man of great spiritual insight. He accompanied Peter Claver, helping
him to discern and to dare new horizons. Discerning together, two saints were born.
As you meet globally to celebrate your vocation I thank God for all you are doing
in the Society of Jesus, for the Church and for the world. More importantly, I
pray for who you are. I pray for each one of you and for your life in the Society of Jesus. Life and mission go
hand in hand.
The vocation of the Jesuit Brother is prophetic... today more than ever.
It is prophetic... for finding and showing the way to God; it is prophetic... for
those who are marginalised and cast aside by society; it is prophetic... to
help the young find hope; it is prophetic... for our fragile common home.
is also prophetic against. It
is prophetic against clericalism; against ambition; against abuse of power. It
is prophetic against riches... honour... and pride.
I think back on Jesuit Brothers who have influenced my life. I feel deeply
grateful. They were men of compassion and courage, wisdom and humour, inner
freedom and integrity. They witnessed to religious life in its essential value:
a life lived in the following of Jesus poor and humble. They were men happy to
walk beside Jesus, humble and poor, serving humanity in whatever ways were
needed. That is the fundamental Jesuit call for each of us whether we are ordained
or non ordained.
Today, we live in an age of great uncertainty. We do not know the future. Like Abraham,
we are called to live that uncertainty with trust and courage. This uncertainty
can be a grace for us, sometimes a difficult one for sure. But we beg the Lord’s
consolation and we go forward.
Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. I thank each one of you for the
way that you witness to the Jesuit vocation.
Be assured of my prayers and support. May God bless each one of you today in
whatever way you need it. Please pray for the Society of Jesus. And please
don’t forget to pray for me.
God bless you.
Arturo Sosa, SJ,