The MAGIS 2023 Team: Joana Barbado, ACI; João
Pedro Filipe; Sam Beirão, SJ
From “Jesuits 2023 - The Society of Jesus in the
presentation of the world Ignatian youth gathering previous to the World Youth
Day with the Pope in Portugal.
The life of
Jesus is a story of encounters. And the life of Christians is a story of
successive encounters with Jesus. Each of us is the writer of a page of the
faith we share. As was Ignatius of Loyola. Deeply moved by the life of Christ
he found in his convalescence, he wished to be another Christ in the world, in
search of the magis that would bring
him closer to the Lord of Life.
The magis of Ignatius bore fruit and is a
gift for the Church and for the whole world, today. It is the search for God’s
will by each of his children in the depths of their being.
throughout the world, the Ignatian language is able to kindle encounters, unite
people, set in motion those who look for a community in which to live their
from Lebanon who has participated in some editions of MAGIS says that her
“favorite part of each MAGIS is meeting people from all over the world.” We
certainly live in times of constant movement, of meetings at a distance made
possible by networks. But we miss the contact, the spontaneity of the sight,
the laughter, the sharing.
whenever you think of a MAGIS encounter, you dream of the joy of the
Pope Francis’ announcement in Panama in 2019
filled the Portuguese with joy. When we heard that the next World Youth Day
would be in Portugal, we immediately began to dream of the Pope’s coming to our
country. In particular, the Jesuits and the Ignatian Family in Portugal began
to dream about MAGIS 2023.