How can one live poorly when one has access to many
intellectual and material resources? Is the distinction between “living poorly”
individually, as a religious, and “using the costly resources of today’s world”
collectively, within the framework of apostolic works or projects, sufficiently
Three times a year, as you will recall, Father General
gathers the members of his “Extended Council”. In addition to the usual Council
members, the Presidents of the six Geographical Conferences of the Society and
the Secretaries of the Apostolic Sectors all meet together for a week of
prayer, exchanges and consultation. This is the case this week, from 9 to 13 January.
The overall objective of the week is to help the
Superior General prepare the important document that he must, according to his
function, present at the beginning of the next statutory assembly at the world
level, the so-called Congregation of Procurators.
Unlike the General Congregations, a Congregation of Procurators brings together
an elected representative from each of the Provinces or Regions, a Jesuit who is not a Major Superior. This allows
the General to hear points of view that he does not often have the opportunity
to hear, contributions “from below”. This international meeting will take place
in Loyola (Spain) in May. We will come back to it.
For the moment, the Consiglio Allargato, as it is called in Italian, is spending a day
to discern what fruits have been gathered for the advancement of the Society
since the General Congregation of 2016. Then, a day to try to see where the
Lord is leading the Society as a whole. But above all, two days are devoted to
evaluating the fruits of discernment on one of the main projects launched by Father
General a year ago: an in-depth reflection on the vow of poverty.