For those of us attending our first General Congregation an important step was learning and appreciating the way of murmuratio. We wanted to know how to do it and do it well. I brought with me an understanding of murmuring, mostly memories from childhood and school, where murmuring avoided open and plain speaking and could be seen as rude or subversive. What makes our Jesuit … [Read more...]
Four days in an atmosphere of prayer and discernment, with Eucharistic adoration and numerous Jesuits praying simultaneously. The electors, one to one - not in groups - and only with each other, meet asking if in the respective Province or Region there are notable names for the office of General, what are the qualities of this person and his faults as well.
By now you've probably read a lot about the process of "murmuratio", that we Jesuits go through in preparation for the election of a new General Superior. Much of what you've read till now I'm sure will have inspired you, even filled you with a sense of awe at the working of the Spirit. So what I'm about to write is going to be a little different. I don't deny, not for even … [Read more...]
There is a certain level of uneasiness in not knowing in advance the final outcome of a process. In general we are more comfortable with having a high degree and guarantee of success before making an investment. But not so in a spiritual process such as the murmuratio! This is a four day period of more intense and indepth search, one-to-one conversation, prayerful reflection … [Read more...]
After a thunderous liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica Friday, Congregation has moved into a different mode. The novelty of being together is wearing off; the Aula and the rhythm of meetings are familiar. We are getting to know one another. That is true at one level, but there is something deeper too. We are moving from discussions about the state of the Society and the … [Read more...]