What links can
you make between this project and the current Universal Apostolic Preferences
of the Society of Jesus?
JH: The inspiration is certainly the apostolic
commitment from God’s own commitment to the service of the poorest. We hope
that spiritual reflection will accompany the project. It will allow us, in our
secularised world, to rediscover a language to speak of God and of the
relationship with God that allows commitment in the world. This language will
be inspired by the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises (Preference 1).
The aim of the project is to emphasise concrete
solidarity with the excluded (prisoners, refugees and migrants), although this
commitment still needs to be made concrete. On the positive side, the project
aims to provide excluded people with an interdisciplinary intellectual
apparatus that offers a framework for interpreting social exclusion (Preference 2).
In the university context, the project stimulates the
training of young people in the service of the most disadvantaged, in their
intellectual reflection and in a commitment to solidarity. The project also
responds to an explicit request from some young people and it fits well into
the university project called Leuven-Engage (Preference 3).
care for the Common Home is translated into the hope for a sustainable world.
This sustainability is not reduced to an ecological effort, but requires the
construction of a world of solidarity in response to the endangered creation in
our world. The project emphasises the effort of communion where the poorest are
the vectors of sustainability (Preference