Fr. Arturo Araujo, SJ
Fr. Arturo Araujo, SJ

What has been the greatest grace of your Jesuit vocation?
During a short retreat I used to prepare myself for my vows, I recognized many of the graces that I received from God: gratitude for being called to the Society of Jesus; vulnerability to profess the vows; and fruitfulness, which rises up from the vulnerability. My vows are a concrete expression of gratitude to God — a grateful loving response to the love of God. As the Gospel reminds us: "If you want to follow me, deny yourself. Take up your cross and follow me." (Matthew 16:24). To take the vows is to be vulnerable like Jesus our Master and the very people we are called to minister to. As an artist I understand fecundity as a creative act of bringing something new alive: forms, colors, vision of hope. Through his passion, Jesus brought us new life in ultimate vulnerability. As an artist, I testify that if you surrender yourself to the impelling desire of God manifested through your deepest desires, it will bring new light and life to you and to others.

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