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One of the key tenets of the Daily Examen, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, is to reflect with gratitude on how God has been present to us throughout the day. Although it can indeed be a challenge some days to find clear rays of hope and goodness, we focus on the many ways God is reaching out to us with constant blessings—with hope and renewal. This summer especially, we were so very blessed to ordain six new priests (three from each of our two provinces) for the Society of Jesus and the Catholic Church, our largest ordination in five years. Sharing the joy with those dedicating their lives to the Church and the body of Christ is a wonderful way to experience God’s presence in our midst. He reminds us through these new priests that good things are surely on the horizon.
Regardless of your vocation in life, there are challenges to be grappled with and achievements to be celebrated. We hope this issue of JESUITS magazine gives you some optimism as you read about how our apostolates and programs are helping people overcome trials, find promise in their lives and become fulfilled individuals—experiencing the joy of being men and women for others.
We pray that you continue to find hope in our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the way to joy even on our most troublesome days.
Sincerely in Christ,