Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Wednesday, March 19 (Feast of St. Joseph)

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to see all the ways God invites the Society of Jesus and her partners to be co-creators with Christ in this world.


Father General celebrates Mass From Decree 2 of the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 35 (2008):

Our way of proceeding is to trace the footprints of God everywhere, knowing that the Spirit of Christ is at work in all places and situations and in all activities and mediations that seek to make him more present in the world. This mission of attempting “to feel and to taste” (sentir y gustar) the presence and activity of God in all the persons and circumstances of the world places us Jesuits at the centre of a tension pulling us both to God and to the world at the same time…

Being and doing; contemplation and action; prayer and prophetic living; being completely united with Christ and completely inserted into the world with him as an apostolic body: all of these polarities mark deeply the life of a Jesuit and express both its essence and its possibilities. The Gospels show Jesus in deep, loving relationship with his Father and, at the same time, completely given over to his mission among men and women. (GC 35, D. 2, n. 8, 9)

From “Lifesigns: Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective” by Henri Nouwen (New York Doubleday, 1986):

The way of God is the way of weakness. The great news of the Gospel is precisely that God became small and vulnerable, and hence bore fruit among us. The most fruitful life ever lived is the life of Jesus, who did not cling to his divine power but became as we are. Jesus brought us new life in ultimate vulnerability. He came to us as a small child, dependent on the care and protection of others. He lived for us as a poor preacher, without any political, economic, or military power. He died for us nailed to a cross as a useless criminal. It is in this extreme vulnerability that our salvation was won … It is very hard for us to grasp even a little bit of the mystery of God’s vulnerability. Yet, when we have eyes to see and ears to hear we can see it in many ways and in many places … We can see it in the graceful smiles of poor people and in the warm affection of the handicapped. We can see it every time people ask forgiveness and are reconciled.

Reflection Questions

  1. How am I living with the polarities of being “completely united with Christ and completely inserted into the world with him”?
  2. Are there ways that I am, like St. Joseph whose feast we celebrate today, a “hidden” collaborator with God?
  3. What are my weaknesses and those of my community that God may be inviting us to accept? I talk with God about this.


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