Praying With The Preferences - Part IV: Our Relationship with God
August 8, 2019 — This last article in the Prayer with Preferences series returns to the ultimate foundation of the whole process of Universal Apostolic Preferences, and thus to the basis of the whole discernment process that will guide their appropriation in the Jesuit apostolates and communities across Canada.
The capsule (PDF enclosed here) emphasizes the fundamental importance of our relationship with God, be it through Scripture excerpts, the Constitutions or Pope Francis’ letter of support for the Preferences.
The first preference is capital because it presupposes as a basic condition the Jesuits' relationship with the Lord in a personal and communal life of prayer and discernment. I recommend to you that, in your service as Superior General, you insist on this. Without this prayerful attitude the other preferences will not bear fruit.
According to Philip Endean, SJ, the Universal Apostolic Preferences, born of a common discernment, should inspire us every day. They should bring about a personal, communal and institutional change. With the Praying with the Preferences capsules and other tools that we have provided, we hope we have been able to help Jesuit apostolates and communities master the UAPs to more fully grasp the path of renewal which they offer.
Father Demetrius MICHAILIDÈS died at the Richelieu infirmary on the evening of June 25. He had joined the Jesuit community at the Richelieu residence in July 2016. He taught dogmatic theology at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, as well as in Belgium and New York.
June 26, 2020 — In Canada, COVID-19 has had an impact on all aspects of our lives since March and we have already shared the changes it has brought to our work. However, as Frantz Georges S.J. reminds us, “the spiritual experience is fundamental in the lives of all Christians.”
June 19, 2020 — The Support Group for Rural Development (GADRU) is a nonprofit organization founded by Fr. Jean-Marie Louis, SJ, not only to oversee and promote the rights of those living in rural communities but also to participate in the construction of an inclusive, fair, and democratic society.
June 15, 2020 — Fr. Grégoire Le Bel, SJ, set up a coworking space in collaboration with a group of young people, first taking one office, then another, and finally an entire space designed according to the needs of these entrepreneurs.