Fr Sosa went on to address the Society’s Universal Apostolic Preferences which are now entering a second phase. He places them in a new light, placing a new emphasis on five different and radical calls to conversion.
1. A conversion to stop working sectorially
Fr Sosa called for a departure from the tendency for different apostolates to work in isolation, and to move towards a different way of working in synchronicity and collaboration with other works, resulting in integration and a far more effective outcome. These platforms, he said, require a balance between passionate commitment and indifference. This requires conversion of heart, mind and will at every level and will result in “the willingness of persons and works to make themselves freely available to enhance the common mission.”
“The apostolic secretaries at the General Curia (higher education, primary and secondary education, service of faith and social justice and ecology) are promoting networking as a way of exploiting the potential synergies between our apostolic works. But it is not enough, therefore, I would like to encourage you, as apostolic planners, to have as a key objective of these processes the convergence on common focuses of interest that will allow us to establish synergies and make better use of the resources we have at our disposal.”
2. A conversion to movement
The verbs used in the UAPs imply and call for ongoing action and every Province Plan requires forward-looking and permanent movement and agility “that allow us to keep up with the rhythm of the Holy Spirit”.
3. A conversion to the Holy Spirit
For the second time, Fr Sosa stressed the centrality of, and indeed the Society’s dependence on the Holy Spirit as the only guidance that will take us forward, through the use of spiritual conversation and real discernment. “This means that we need to learn and practice forms of discernment in common adapted to the particular conditions in which we make apostolic decisions, without being tempted to label any method we put into practice as discernment. What is fundamental is listening to the Spirit. Apostolic planning puts flesh on the inspiration of the Spirit”, Fr Sosa said.