Going where the need is greatest.
Along with the Jesuit motto of Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God), going where the need is greatest is one of the most significant Jesuit principles. For nearly 500 years, Jesuits and their companions have lived the mission to go where God’s care and compassion are needed most. Whether it involves educating the poor, serving the lonely and forgotten, speaking on behalf of those who have no voice in our world and in our communities, or bringing the message of God’s love to places where love seems lost, our call has always been one of accompaniment, respect and service.
This year has seen great tribulation within our Church. Going where the need is greatest has most recently brought us to our own parishes and to those struggling to grasp with the reality of abuse within an institution that promotes the values and vision of Christ. In this issue of JESUITS magazine, we offer a poignant reflection by one of our newly ordained Jesuit priests, who grapples with many of the same questions as his parishioners, and explains where he finds hope.
In these pages, we also share a profile of Jesuit brothers and how they have consistently served as role models when called to go where the needs are greatest. We take you on a pilgrimage to an immigration detention center, share more on our work in Fiji, provide an update on spiritual directors, offer a look at our Jesuits in formation and remember our beloved Jesuits who have passed away this year.
As always, we thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministries. May the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones during this season of Christmas and throughout the New Year.