Go the distance – the essence of service


I read this a couple of days ago in the book Sally and I are journeying with this year.  A previous superior general of the Jesuits (1965-1983), Pedro Arrupe, articulated the goal of Jesuit education as “training men and women for others”. I really like this goal for its simplicity and its values. He goes onto say, “Men and women who live not for themselves but for God and his Christ … who cannot conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbours”.

When I can get caught up in the complexity of life and ministry, this is a helpful antidote, debunks any confusion and focuses my mind on the love of neighbour and as he goes on to say “justice for others”.

Jim Manney (ed), (2104). An Ignatian book of days. Chicago: Loyola Press. February 5th entry p44.


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