Because of that work, I have been detained and arrested many times
by the authorities. On one occasion I was dragged into a police station,
stripped naked, humiliated and beaten again and again for 14 hours. It was an
attempt to intimidate me into stopping my ministry - to turn my back on the
poor who themselves had been subject to this exact torture, and worse, for
generations. Lying naked and alone on a cold, wet floor, for a moment I thought:
“Is this enough?” [...]
That’s what comes to mind as I sit among my brother Jesuits from
around the world. Hearing their stories, I know that we have all given much. We
are all doing much. But even so, we are here because we know that whatever the
answer is to the first two questions, there is always something more that we
are called to do. And now, we are asked to pray for, and to guide our
In this moment, this is how we are asked to serve. We look at what
we have done. We pray over what we are doing. We ask to give more not because
Christ demands it, but because WE demand it in response to Christ’s call.
What have I done for Christ.
What am I doing for Christ.
What ought I to do for Christ.
These questions define who I am as a Jesuit. They spur me on, move me forward, and
make me hunger for a more just world. It is that hunger that I bring to this