The Holy Father, as is customary, meets with ‘local’
Jesuits, this time with us, Hungarian Jesuits. The meeting started on Saturday
evening a few minutes after six o’clock and lasted about an hour and a half.
What characterised our meeting? The closeness and immediacy. As soon as he
entered, the Holy Father turned to a 96-year-old companion, Father Károly,
seated near the door. They immediately exchanged a few sentences in Spanish
(Father Károly has served in Chile for over fifteen years). The warm gesture
made us feel we were among fellow Jesuits; despite being the Pope, he is our
companion. And we speak the same language. This tone of fraternity, closeness
and immediacy accompanied the whole meeting. Moreover, because we were in a
relatively small room, we were also physically close to each other.
The freshness of mind and good humour of Pope
Francis were also fascinating. After a very long day, he gave us, Jesuits, an
hour and a half and during the whole conversation, he was fully present,
One of the questions was about the religious
vocation, or more precisely, the Jesuit vocation. How can we attract young
people? How can we make our way of life attractive to them? Because it is! Pope
Francis emphasised the importance of the unity of life. According to an ironic
proverb, Jesuits think clearly but speak obscurely. He invited us to think,
talk, and live consistently, that is, to live our lives according to our words.
Young people immediately notice all kinds of discrepancies and obscurities, and
from that moment on, we are no longer credible in their eyes.