Sharing with brothers from all over the world
Testimony by José María
Tejedor García, SJ – Province of Spain
Attending the Brothers’ meeting in Rome is for me an
opportunity to meet Jesuit brothers from all over the world and to deepen our
vocation in such an important place for the Society as Rome in an atmosphere of
prayer and fraternity.
It is a journey back to the origins, to the beginnings
of my vocation, to that first call when the Lord invited me to follow him, with
companions. It is a real gift to be able to share my vocation with companions
from very different cultures and places, but with the same vocation. During
these days, we have been given the opportunity to deepen our understanding of
the formation, vocation and history of the Jesuit brothers. But what I value
most is sharing personal experiences with brothers from all over the world, who
are my Friends of the Lord.
In my specific ministry in Spain, I work in a center
for minors at risk. It seems to me that the vocation of a brother makes a lot
of sense: to be able to be a BROTHER to children and young people harshly
treated in life.
In my Province of Spain, the brothers have played a very
important role in history. I believe that we need to renew this vocation, to
present it to the young people who come to the Society and to take great care
of the formation of Jesuit brothers.
Province, Spain, continues to be the Province with the most Jesuit brothers;
many of them, despite their advanced age, continue to give a precious witness
of discreet work and generous dedication. They are the ones who have taught me
to be a Jesuit Brother. In short, I feel a deep sense of gratitude to God and
to the Society for this vocation shared with others.