On the occasion of “Ignatius Year”, CPAL organized an international congress of mental exercises, which included the Mexican Jesuit, Francisco Lopez Rivera, S.J. in his life, in God in all things, in the desire to find everything in Him, through “loving and serving in all things.”
By Father Gennaro Avila-Valencia, S.C.
As many know, the Jesuits, all those who live, sweat the Ignatius’s care, rooted in the poor, humble Nazarene Jesus, celebrate the “Ignatius Year.” that is, we remember the 500 years of the wound at Pamplona in San Ignacio de Loyola, which would have been the starting point of his transformation path. This commemoration began on May 20, 2021 and will end on the feast of St. Ignatius on July 31, 2022. The motto we have chosen as the Company of Jesus is “See all things new in Christ.”
Towards Greater “Inner Knowledge of Jesus”
Some of the memorial services we had were the International Exercise Congress [EE] organized by CPAL (Conference of Latin American States); There was a group in that Congress where a few Jesuits, secularists with in-depth experience of accompanying the exercise, shared some of the brushstrokes that Ignatius’s concern for the exercise had brought them greater “inner knowledge.” About Jesus, who became man for me, so that I might love him more and follow him. ” [EE,104]. One of the lecturers was Francisco Lopez Rivera, a Mexican Jesuit father, S.J., who joined Jesus in 1956. He was ordained a priest in 1969. He holds a degree in philosophy and the Bible. Professor of the Holy Bible. Beginner master. Instructor of the third probationary period. Rector of the Gesu International School of Philosophy, Free Institute of Science.
Father Pancho, as we Jesuits affectionately call him in Mexico, was my coach at Novitiate; For that reason, next I will share 10 Ignatian և Jesuit lines that have made him more famous in his life. These are the traces that he discovered so beautifully during that Congress, I share them with all hope that they will be a great help և source of inspiration for pilgrims seeking the Lord Jesus, who are constantly seeking to find God in all. things, all things in Him, by “loving and serving in all things.”
Father Francisco Lopez Rivera, S.G. shares 10 Ignatius-Jesuit traits that have marked him the most in his life.
Ignatius Loyolaci understands humility as “preservation for love”, a love that is an action that translates into ministry for the benefit of others. Hence the power of that Ignatian motto of meditation to achieve the beauty of thoughtful exercises. [EE,230]. We Jesuits are very active, yes, but we also think a lot about love and service.
Ignatius’s concern is a mystery to the world, which seeks to take root in our daily reality, to be people who think in action. We are talking about background mysticism և no superficial (there are no superficial mysticisms), which pretends to be “only in God”. Ignatius is not only the founder of the religious denomination, but also a passionate pilgrim, a wise teacher of prayer.
Or it may seem like an old-fashioned word, almost unused, but the truth is, it’s not. Rather, it is a little understood word in our time. From Ignatius’s point of view, humiliation is understood as having the courage to live on the basis of our “principle”. [EE,23] ը Not to skip the holiday and the melody of our whims and “disorderly love” means to overcome ourselves, our exaggerated ego, to order our lives on greater love.
St. Ignatius used to say that gratitude is the source of all goodness, so that attitude can be for a person who drinks from Ignatius’ care. Therefore, a good examination of conscience և any true prayer always begins են ends with “Thank you”. Likewise, our whole day is called to begin and end, as he’s thankful for everything և for everything, especially for what’s most valuable to us եցնում hurts.
to live from the heart
The heart is the source of warmth, it is where we perceive the voice of the Lord, և where we feel comfort or emptiness. It is the seat of various spirits in the Ignatius way. A heart that is originally united with the intellect, without division, in order to “know, love, follow and serve.” “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road, explaining the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).
Jesus ները the poor
St. Ignatius vividly reminds us that “friendship with the poor makes us friends of the eternal king.” Along the way, we always think of the poor, humble Jesus, embodied in our human weakness, our compassionate needs. In EE entry 277 we see how Jesus “spoke meekly to the poor.” Ignatius adds this adverb to the text of the Gospel. “In his explanation, he emphasizes the subtlety of Jesus with the poor, the same subtlety that all Christians are called.”
“Suffer for Christ” [EE,197]
It is a deep inner disposition anchored in the experience of love անձնական a personal encounter with Christ, which invites us “not to vain pain, but to generosity աջ courage, in the face of the suffering which inevitably brings upon human life.” Understand the presence of God not only in the good and the beautiful, but also in the most painful circumstances suffered by God’s holy faithful people.
“Save the neighbor’s offer”
This is the 22nd famous footnote of the EE, which St. Ignatius sets as a basic precondition for “the one who gives the exercises” and the one who receives the exercises. It is an invitation to understand, never to condemn the experience of others. if perhaps I do not understand it, I am invited to do the impossible to ask my brother how he understands it, to avoid misunderstanding him;
Giving the exercises validity
This was one of the invitations that Father Pancho Lopez, S.J., shared with us more persistently. Have the courage to “strongly” defend our Ignatius charisma, which puts Jesus և His Kingdom at the absolute center of everything. “Do not turn the experience of exercises into a cycle of pious lectures, even if they are about military exercises. much less if they are about foreign subjects: science, art, politics, sociological analysis, etc. Follow Ignacio’s suggestion to give the trainers enough material so that they can achieve the lights և movements by working independently. And avoid tiring them with long dissertations, as it might be called, “giving them the food they have already chewed.”
Thinking to achieve love
This is the masterful closing of the Spiritual Exercises, a true Ignatius meditation, where we are invited to look at the great generosity of God in breadth, height, and depth, which moves us with sincere gratitude to piously express the proposal written by him. St. Ignatius of Loyola. You gave it to me, You, Lord, I return it. everything is yours, they are at your will. Give me your love and grace, that it is enough for me.