April 16, 2014 — Over 17,000 participants from around the world have joined the U.S. Jesuits on a digital, communal Lenten/Easter prayer experience since its launch on Sunday, March 2. All are invited to join Moved to Greater Love, a nine-week program that concludes the second week after Easter, by signing up at Jesuits.org/GreaterLove.
The nine U.S. Jesuit provincials who conceived of the project 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 emphasizes individual prayer and reflections surrounding four specific graces: gratitude, spiritual freedom, vision and joy. A two-week period is dedicated to each grace, beginning on Sundays with an introduction that explains the grace being sought. Daily online presentations will offer questions for reflection, a reading and multimedia content. Reflections are posted daily on the Jesuits’ national website, Jesuits.org, and those interested may sign up for a daily email.
The program is named for a phrase regarding spiritual graces from the Memoriale of St. Peter Faber, a companion of St. Ignatius Loyola and one of the early Jesuits.
“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 Father Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., 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.”