Sometimes Grégoire Catta ponders what the vow of
poverty entails for a Jesuit like him. Living in the city of Paris, he divides
his time between Saint Denis, a peri-urban neighborhood that is among the
poorest in the region, and the French Bishops’ Conference, where he works. And
he also teaches at Centre Sèvres. All of these activities take place in an
affluent district of the French capital.
How do the Jesuits in the communities practice
religious poverty? By extending a helping hand to others in their neighborhood
from all walks of life and by inviting friends from the “centre” over to
experience the challenging realities of a social housing neighborhood.
parallels do you see between this testimony and your own life?