Fr. James M. Pribek, SJ
Fr. James M. Pribek, SJ

What has been the greatest grace of your Jesuit vocation?
The greatest grace of my vocation has been witnessing God’s providence, generally in the world and particularly in my life. The vows provide the context for the latter: in such a life, the “God of Surprises“ never stops astonishing me. His grace, at work in creation and especially in the human soul, renews all things. The vows make us not just privileged observers and companions, but full participants in this heartbreaking and heart-making experience of life. At present much of my prayer is sheer wonder at a God who has brought my order through suppression and crisis to seating one of its sons on the throne of St. Peter. In much less dramatic ways, over the course of my life and throughout the course of each day, God has allowed me to be broken and built up again as a witness to his limitless beauty, truth and mercy. I can only echo St. Paul’s magnificent words: "To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

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