Go the distance – the essence of service

Ignatian

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”.

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

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