December 16, 2013 — For the upcoming Lent and Easter seasons, the Jesuits of the U.S. have designed a program of prayer and reflection, and they’re inviting everyone to join in. Moved to Greater Love is a nine-week digital prayer experience, which begins the week of Ash Wednesday and concludes the second week after Easter.
The nine U.S. Jesuit provincials who conceived of the program describe it as “an invitation to magnanimity, silence, creativity and depth, calling all to consider how God’s love burns away fear and opens us up to respond generously and wholeheartedly.”
Moved to Greater Love will emphasize individual prayer and reflections surrounding four specific graces: gratitude, spiritual freedom, vision and joy. A two-week period will be dedicated to each grace, beginning on a Sunday with an introduction that explains the grace being sought. Daily online presentations will offer questions for reflection, a reading and multimedia content. Reflections will be posted on the Jesuits’ national website, Jesuits.org, and those interested will be able to subscribe to a daily email link to online content.
Jesuits and directors of Jesuit works will be encouraged to meet with their communities at the beginning, middle and end of the program to share in prayer. The group meetings are intended to enhance the individual experience and for people to connect with the graces communally.
The program is named for a phrase regarding spiritual graces from the Memoriale of Blessed Peter Faber, a companion of St. Ignatius Loyola and one of the early Jesuits. Recently, Pope Francis announced that he would move forward on the cause for canonization of Faber, calling him “a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”
“This is the first time the Society has done something on a national level where we’ve invited Jesuits, those who work with us in our ministries and anyone who’s interested in a deeper Lenten experience to join with us in prayer,” said Jesuit Father Thomas H. Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference. “As the Society of Jesus looks to the future, being grounded in prayer helps us respond to God’s call with greater spiritual depth and freedom.”
Further details about Moved to Greater Love will be announced in February. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.