This, one might think, is a broad vision of Christianity. But, more specifically, I asked Fr Arriaga, how can a university of the Society of Jesus contribute to forging a better future for Mexico?
“This is an excellent and timely question. Throughout my professional career, I have tried to find mechanisms to address many of the social problems that afflict our country. The greatest crises we face today center on violence, security, and justice. The figure of over 100,000 missing persons across the country should pull us up short; in the recent past, we have had more than 35,000 homicides, and the trends do not seem to be changing. Access to justice for the families of victims of feminicide is virtually non-existent.
Returning to St. Ignatius of Loyola provides a way of binding what has been broken. Educational institutions entrusted to the Society of Jesus have a comparative advantage over other religious or secular universities. We have a spirituality based on four foundations. They inculcate hope in their application:
• Finding God in all things.
• Being contemplative in action.
• Looking at the world in an incarnational way.
• Seeking freedom and detachment.
Finally, I would like to echo the words of my late companion, Saúl Cuautle SJ: indifference to the problems of our weaker brothers and sisters, to the poor, to the deterioration of the environment, to the crisis of leadership, will never be part of the identity of those associated with IBERO.
We share this conviction with all the students who pass through the doors of the universities of the Society of Jesus.”