Coming to the forefront of Jesuit concern is care for the environment, which “touches the core of our faith in and love for God.” Those words are from Healing a Broken World, a 2011 statement on ecology by the worldwide Society of Jesus. The document points out that with its attention to “finding God in all things,” Ignatian spirituality “invites us to acknowledge, give thanks and commit ourselves to the life present in creation.”
All of the social witness is rooted in companionship with Jesus, which allows a believer to see Christ in the face of the poor and vulnerable. Faith also makes us aware that the physical needs of God’s children are intertwined with deeper spiritual needs. People have a right to food, shelter, healthcare, and other tangibles, because they are called to lead dignified lives of participation in community.
A document issued by 35th General Congregation of Jesuits underscored the point. It spoke of Christ’s healing ministry — which was always more than physical. “In healing the leper, Jesus restored him to the community, gave him a sense of belonging,” the Congregation said. “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.”
Fundamentally, the Society of Jesus sees itself as promoting right relationships. These are with God, with others, and — increasingly in our fragile universe — with God’s creation.
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