A fire that kindle other fires (GC 35, Decree 2)

(Easter Vigil at Arrupe College –

"The risen Saviour shines upon you") (from GC 35)

8. Water to dry & lifeless places
We enter … into the dry and lifeless areas of the world.  Our mode of proceeding is to trace the footprints of God everywhere, knowing that the Spirit of Christ is at work in all places and situations, and in all activities and mediations that seek to make him more present in the world.

The mission, of attempting 'to feel and taste' the presence and activity of God in all the persons and circumstances of the world, places us Jesuits at the centre of a tension, pulling us both to God. and to the world. at the same time.

Thus arises, for Jesuits on mission, a set of polarities Ignatian in character, that accompanies our being firmly rooted in God at all times, while simultaneously being plunged into the heart of the world.

9. Contemplatives in Action

  •     Being and doing; 
  •     Contemplation and action;
  •     Prayer and prophetic living;  
  •     Being completely united with Christ and completely inserted into the world with him as an apostolic body:  

– all of these polarities mark deeply the life of a Jesuit and express both its essence and its possibilities.

The Gospels show Jesus, in deep, loving relationship with his Father, at the same time, completely given over to his mission: from God, for others. 

This is the Jesuit pattern too: 

– with Christ on mission,  
– ever contemplative, ever active. 


It is the grace, and the creative challenge, of our apostolic religious life, that it must live this tension, between:

– prayer and action,  
– mysticism and service. 


10. Seeing God in all things
Jesuits must manifest … a strong sense of the sacred inseparably joined to involvement in the world.  Our deep love of God and our passion for his world should set us on fire – a fire that starts other fires!.  For ultimately, for those who know how to look,  there is no reality that is only profane.

We must communicate this way of looking, and provide a pedagogy, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises, that carries people – especially the young – into it.

13. Meeting material & spiritual needs
The Son's way of acting provides the pattern for how we must act in the service of his mission.

Working for his Reign will often mean meeting material needs.  But it will always mean much more, because human beings thirst at many levels …  Faith and justice; it is never one without the other.  Human beings need food, shelter, love, relationship, truth, meaning, promise, hope.  Human beings need a future in which they can take hold of their full dignity.  Indeed they need an absolute future, a 'great hope' that exceeds every particular hope.
Our mission finds its inspiration in this ministry of Jesus.  Following Jesus, we feel ourselves called not only to bring direct help to people in distress, but also to restore entire human persons in their integrity, reintegrating them in community, and reconciling them with God.

This frequently calls for an engagement that is long term, be it in the education of youth, in the spiritual accompaniment of the Exercises, in intellectual research, or in the service of refugees.  But it is here, aided by grace, and drawing on whatever professional capacities we may have, that we try to offer ourselves to God fully, for his service.

Easter Vigil at Arrupe College –

"Make this new fire holy, and inflame us with new hope"

14. Faith and Justice
The Son's way of acting provides the pattern for how we must act in the service of his mission.  Jesus preached the Reign of God;  indeed it was given with his very presence.

15. The service of faith and the promotion of justice, indissolubly united, remain at the hear of our mission…  We remember with gratitude our martyrs and the poor who have nourished us evangelically in our own identity as followers of Jesus: 'our service, especially among the poor, has depend our life of faith, both individually and as a body'.  

Cultures and Religions
As followers of Jesus today, we reach out also to people who differ from us in culture and religion, aware that dialogue with them is integral also to our service of Christ's mission.  In every mission that we carry out, we seek only to be where he sends us.  The grace we receive as Jesuits is to be and to go with him, looking on the world with his eyes, loving it with his heart, and entering into its depths with his unlimited compassion.

18. We minister sacramentally at the heart of the Churhc, celebrating the eucharist and the other sacraments, and preaching the word of God faithfully.  We take his word to the very ends of the earth, seeking to share its riches with people everywhere.

19. The Jesuit Community
The differential of roles and ministries of Jesuits finds its necessary complement in a life of companionship lived in community…. As we do so, our community life can become attractive to people, inviting them – above all the young – to 'come and see', to join us in our vocation and to serve with us in Christ's mission.  Nothing could be more desirable and more urgent today, since the heart of Christ burns with love for this world with all its troubles, and seeks companions who can serve that world with him.

22.  Diversity – beautiful and problematic
God created a world with diverse inhabitants, and this is good.  Creation expresses the rich beauty of this lovable world:  people working, laughing and thriving together are sings that God is alive among us.  However, diversity becomes problematic when the differences between people are lived in such a way that some prosper at the expense of others who are excluded, in such a way that people fight, killing each other, and are intent on destruction.

Then God in Christ suffers in, and with, the world which he wants to renew.  Precisely here is our mission situated.  it is here that we must discern our mission according to the criteria of the magis and the more universal good.  

Using God as a political instrument
God is present in the darkness of life, intent on making all things new.  God needs collaborators in this endeavor:  people whose grace consists in being received under the banner of his Son.  'Nations' beyond geographical definitions await us, 'nations' that today include those who are poor and displaced, those who are profoundly lonely, those who ignore God's existence, and those who use God as an instrument for political purposes.  These are new 'nations', and we have been sent to them.

25. A fire that kindles other fires
Legend has it that St Ignatius, when he sent St Francis Xavier to the East, told him: 'go set the world alight'.  With the birth of the Society of Jesus, a new fire was lit in a changing world.  A novel form of religious life came about, not t through human enterprise, but as a divine initiative.  The fire that was set alight then, continues to bur in our Jesuit life today, as was said about St Alberto Hurtado, 'a fire that kindles other fires'.  With it we are called to set all things light with the love of God.