A friend recently asked me to "sum up the Jesuit philosophy in one paragraph." That's hard to do, but here's what I came up with.
Jesuits are formed by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which are a 30 day retreat in which the person intimately experiences themselves as loved sinners, as companions of Christ in His ministry, as partakers in the suffering of Christ, and as bearers of His redeemed and resurrected life. During this formative retreat for each Jesuit (and for laypersons who undergo it either in the 30 day form or over the course of months in real-life) a person will grow in the Jesuit charisms of "finding God in all things" and "seeking to help souls" and "to do everything for the greater glory of God." Jesuits then go forth for the sake of "the service of faith and the promotion of justice" in the world.
For those of you know the Jesuits, feel free to add in anything I might have missed. Also, if any of you happen to have more questions about the Jesuits, please email me, and I'll try to answer them. Thanks!
Welcome! My name is John Roselle, SJ, and I took lifelong ("perpetual") vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Jesuit on August 13th, 2011 after a two-year novitiate. I am now a Jesuit Scholastic for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. I will study philosophy and theology for the next three years at Loyola University in Chicago. At the same time, I will do part-time ministry in some capacity with the poor. After that, I will likely teach for three years before finishing three more years of theology. Then, God willing, I will be ordained a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest! It's a long road, but a blessed, fun, and enriching one. This blog exists as a resource for friends, family, and others who are interested in my progress through the Jesuit process of formation. Every day is its own adventure, and I am happy to have you along with me to share in this. This blog contains my own personal thoughts and should not be taken to speak for the entire Society of Jesus. Feel free to contact me. God bless you!