We have image of a man who conceives the passionate following of Jesus Christ, the One sent, as a permanent submersion with him and like Him in the will of the Father that goes on being the life of man. A man to be sent in permanent state of giving and to be the leader on move who is none other than the man of courage and prophetic audacitor St Ignatius. Life is beautiful, it becomes even more meaningful and beautiful when we encounter Christ, and allow him to lead us to Fortier missions of universality, were spreading his words of gospel and ministering his loved people. We live in a transnational world with a growing consciousness of the interdependence of all people, serving Christ mission calls for special attention to its global mission challenged by globalization, technology and environment concerns and our response to bearing a common responsibility for the welfare of the entire world and its development has been enhanced.
Why so much emphasis on universality of our mission now? Because context today calling us to and world itself gives the beckoning call to universality due to interconnectedness, inter-relatedness and inter dependencies. This universality calls for moving from the head to the heart, from thinking to feeling, relishing things interiority. Our universality calls us for global and local context. There are criteria for the choice of missions, calling for greater need, greater fruit, and greater service of more people. This context today is beckoning call to more universality of our mission. Challenging context of our mission is it is many new questions emerge from developments in science and technology.
Today St Ignatius universality calls for the sense of dispositions towards the process of renewal for the greater apostolic effectiveness. His life itself calls us to move beyond the given boundaries be it be inner or otherwise towards the greater need and depth. This call by our founder entrusts to us the creative fidelity in the mission of Christ. We may ask the question is the universal thought of Ignatius is relevant today? We look at the world of today and tomorrow, a world at each moment more interconnected, in the way that time and again many phenomena have a universal reach. In this venture we are called sow in Ignatius’s vision of universality in the world. According to St Ignatius vision was unabashedly global; our vocation is to travel through the world and to live in any part of it whatever. Ignatius wanted to deal with the universal good, which is always the greater good; his main focus was nothing but a universal apostolic body mission, gifted with global apos-tolic availability. In this light we have to think about more effective way of collaboration with others in the expressions of one mind and spirits of the solidarity and cohesiveness of a single universal apostolic body, at the service of the universal church in the midst of the world.
Realizing the radical diversity of our mission called for spirit of universality and perspective of Jesuit vocation and mission. What characterizes this spirit and perspective of universality? That is called for Magis, excellence, mobility, availability, pioneer spirit, creative fidelity, apostolic aggressively, signal service of God and his people. With the Ignatian spirituality of tension global and local of what should be important. Our univer-sality does not consist in ours going to occupy them in every matter in every part of the world. Ignatian formula calls for the more divine. The challenge for the need to adapt to the process may be a greater task to do. Our universal mission is reaffirmed by GC35 in the complex issues of the world to work in the world to cooperation with good of all humankind. Universality is a permanent attitude of one. We want well formed men who can understand this reality with depth of heart and breathe of mind. The world is our house. Seek-ing to lead a life worthy of the vocation to which we have called, the society commits itself again to service of the church in her teaching, life and worship and helping her to offer to the world all that she herself is, all that she believes.
In the spirit of saint Ignatius we wish to show our commitment not less but rather more in good works than in words for edification of those with whom we work, so that we may become more generous servants of the people of God has gathered for the world’s salvation (GC33, D1,n6). Being in the light of universality like that of St. Ignatius who went to serve in the hospitals, widow homes, children etc today we are called to work in the fortier missions with aboriginals of different religions, cultural diversity, war places were the people of God live. Today St Ignatius calls us to develop his vision of universality in our spiritual conversation focusing universality thinking which will touch us most deeply, creating the atmosphere of trust, homes for the reign of God. Men on fire with passion for the Gospel, spreading it for the reconciling the world to God is the main focus. This universality calls us today to hear the urgent summons to join the Lord in caring for the neediest and extend his mercy to where injustice, suffering or despair seem to thwart the divine plan. We are called to show solidarity, taking part with, living and working in situations of violence and war to care for the people. For thousands of years we have lived in heritage of St Ignatius and which have fashioned our think-ing, culture that endures our day today. Being and living in the local let us contribute to our global mission.
Let us share this vision of universality in our mission and vision.
Royston Achu SJ