The teaching of Pope Francis has given greater depth to our vision, placing faith, justice and solidarity with the poor and the excluded at the center of the mission of reconciliation. Rather than asking what we must do, we seek to understand how God invites us - and so many people of good will - to participate in this great work. - 36th General Congregation of the Jesuits, 2017
The company of Jesus was born under the sign of reconciliation: reconciliation with God, reconciliation with the neighbor, reconciliation with creation itself. Each of our works is animated by this triple desire for reconciliation. With the whole church today, we understand that Christian love is necessarily expressed through words and gestures of justice and reconciliation.
We do not want to propose a simplistic or superficial hope. As Father Adolfo Nicolás has always emphasized, our contribution should rather be characterized by depth: a depth of interiority and "deep reflection, which enables us to understand reality more deeply and therefore to serve more effectively".
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For each Jesuit, the world of culture and human thought is a privileged space where God is at work. The human, social and spiritual formation of young people requires the communication of the elements of a concrete culture: the education of young people has been a pillar of our apostolic mission since the early days of the Society. Thoroughly understanding the intellectual and cultural movements that fuel political choices, fostering dialogue between peoples and religions in a globalized world; celebrating beauty in artistic expressions from different backgrounds, and contributing to the world of art; learning to analyze reality in its scientific, philosophical and theological dimensions: this is the project of our research centers and our academic institutions.
Pope Francis stressed the fundamental link between the environmental crisis and the social crisis in which we live today. Poverty, social exclusion and marginalization are linked to environmental degradation. It is not a question of separate crises but of a single crisis which is the symptom of something much deeper: the defective way in which societies and economies are organized. [...] We Jesuits are called to help heal a broken world, promoting a new way of producing and consuming, which puts the creation of God in the center.
CG 36, 2017
Since the 32nd General Congregation of the Society, the Jesuits affirm that the service of faith involves the service of justice. With Pope Francis, we are aware that justice for the poor and the excluded goes through the ecological transformation of economies and societies, and even minds and hearts. As Pope Benedict reminded us in 2008, by sending us to "those physical and spiritual regions where others cannot reach or have difficulties reaching", the church entrusts us with the task of being "bridges of understanding and dialogue".
Reconciliation with God anchors us in gratitude and opens us to joy, if we make it possible. [...] The proclamation and sharing of the Gospel continues to be the reason for the existence and mission of the Society: that Jesus Christ be known, be loved in return, and that the love of Christ is a source of life for all. He is always the source of the joy and hope that we offer to others.
CG 36, 2017
The Jesuits are called, by their rule of life, to serve "the good of souls" by "public preaching, lessons and all other ministries of the Word of God, and the Spiritual Exercises, Christian formation [...], and the spiritual consolation of the faithful through confession and the administration of the other sacraments. "
Our parishes, public chapels and chaplaincies are eminent places for this service of faith. There are also Jesuits in hospitals, prisons and other places of support for people in crisis.
We Jesuits in Canada have been deeply impressed by our relations with Canada's First Nations since the arrival of the first Jesuits in the 17th century. Today we are aware of the great obstacles presented by the painful history of relations between colonizers and first nations.
For more than 165 years, Canadian Jesuits have lived and worked continuously with the Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi nations, mainly in northern Ontario, around Manitoulin Island and Thunder Bay.
Here is the statement of reconciliation of the Jesuits in 2013, as part of our participation in the commission for Truth and Reconciliation.
We are called to recognize, appreciate and affirm the cultural and spiritual gifts of the indigenous peoples with whom we walk, in an attempt to contribute to "a genuine intercultural dialogue, a sign of liberation for both parties. Our intuition is that the Gospel is in harmony with what is good in every culture. " (34th General Congregation, 1995)
A special gift that the Jesuits and the Ignatian family have to offer to the Church and her mission of evangelization is the Ignatian spirituality that allows the experience of God and can therefore greatly assist the process of personal and community conversion. Pope Francis constantly affirms that discernment must play a special role in the family, among young people, in the promotion of vocations and in the formation of the clergy. The Christian life is more and more personalized thanks to discernment.
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In the tradition of St. Ignatius, the Jesuits of Canada have centers of retreat and spirituality. They are places of prayer and peace for all. In an atmosphere that respects persons and their unique journeys, people can deepen their relationship to God, to the neighbor and to all creation.