Fr. Alan G. Yost, SJ
Fr. Alan G. Yost, SJ

What has been the greatest grace of your Jesuit vocation?
As I continually grow to know myself as a loved sinner, more and more I learn to see others that way as well. This is a tremendous grace because it allows me to experience greater compassion and care for people that previously I might have judged and/or dismissed. It confers the grace of being better able to apply the presupposition. The Exercises, particularly the contemplations on the life of Christ, really foster one’s ability to think creatively and to imagine what we can’t experience directly. Valuing the imagination as a gift from God in which the Spirit works with us in collaboration has changed my life. The idea that the Almighty Creator of the Universe wants to partner with each of us, insignificant specks of creation, has enormous redemptive power. As a result, one of my passions — and one that can animate any ministry — involves helping others find their own creative gifts so that they too can see a bit more clearly how God wishes to honor us all — even the people we struggle with — through this divine partnership.

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