From the beginnings the Society had conceived of itself as a universal “body”. This Pauline methaphor cf. 1 Cor. 12,12ff, much loved by Saint Ignatius and used frequently in the Constitutions to refer to the entire Society, expressed his idea of our vocation as both one and diverse. GC 34, D 7, 4 On the Feast of our Saint Brother Alphonsus Rogríguez we pray especially for our Brothers. “The Society needs the brothers, first of all for themselves and then for their labours, for the sake of both its communities and its apostolates. They share in the same religious commitment and take on work that is complementary to that characteristic of priests, thus effectively helping the Society to achieve its one and only goal. Being all members of the same body, we complete and enrich one another so that we can imitate the way of life offered by the Son of God to the disciples who followed him.” GC 33, D 1, 17
We beg you, Lord, to always enrich our Society with the gift of our brothers. Today, everywhere in the world, they serve in our ministries and perform multiple tasks, which show the complementarity and diversity that characterizes our apostolic mission. Give us grace to live a true communion among all of us, members of the same body, and not to forget that „the most effective help to achieve this end comes from the interior law of charity and love that the Holy Spirit writes and imprints upon hearts.“ Const., 134 We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.