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On Saturday 5 September, at the Loyola Sanctuary, three Jesuits took their first vows in the Society of Jesus: Anselmo Jesus Rabadan Linares (Baena, 1993), Francisco Delgado Oliver (Palma de Mallorca, 1995) and Luis Arranz Gil-Albarellos (Valladolid, 1997). The limited capacity and the measures of distance and the use of masks were not an obstacle to the emotion and affection that every glance and gesture of family, friends and fellow Jesuits transmitted in the Basilica. On this occasion a vocational video was shown with their testimonies and those of other Jesuits of the province. In it. Francis explained the steps involved in taking the vows: "This journey brings its harshness, its difficulties, but this is not at odds with the fullest happiness and the beauty of meeting people, on the road, with whom you would never have imagined establishing such a full relationship”. In their words and in the promise they made, you can sense the passion that beats in each one of them - and in so many others like them. Passion for Jesus and his Gospel, for serving his project in the Church, and for doing so with others with whom they share dreams and devotions.
Pope Francis published last Sunday, October 4, the encyclical letter Fratelli tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. The encyclical was signed the day before in Assisi. We have spoken with some Spanish Jesuit theologians, who offer us their opinion and the keys to reading this text. It is a document that does not constitute great novelties with respect to the magisterium of Francis, but rather gathers and deepens his messages, homilies and discourses, with which, as Gabino Uríbarri SJ points out "it takes on a clear flavour of personal synthesis of a fundamental aspect of his magisterium. For his part, Víctor Codina SJ defines it as "a work of maturity on fraternity and social friendship". Its great importance lies, according to Jaume Flaquer SJ, in elevating all these documents to the highest magisterial rank, "so that their content cannot be rejected from certain ecclesial sectors". In this way Fratelli tutti will be a reference for the official doctrine of the Church of the future pontiffs. Victor Codina reaffirms this, saying that "many will be scandalized and think that these are unrealistic and utopian dreams, but it is in perfect coherence with the Gospel and the social doctrine of the Church", which "is strengthened, updated and with a vision from the poor". Access the report (in Spanish)
A new innovative centre. The rector of the Pontificia Comillas and Deusto University and the Director General of Esade have signed the constitution of a new foundation, "Jesuit Advanced Management School". The three Jesuit-inspired institutions have combined their strengths to promote the creation of a new innovative centre in Madrid for postgraduate training with an international scope. The project will take the form of a new postgraduate training centre, with its own identity and autonomy, specialising in the disciplines of management and business, and which will be based in a newly constructed building in the city of Madrid. The centre will focus on the development of master's programmes in different areas of business management and leadership training, and will be complementary to the current higher education activities of the three institutions in Madrid, capitalising on the experience and prestige of the three institutions. These programmes will use the most advanced teaching methodologies, an intensive use of technology and a highly international approach. Likewise, the educational proposal, taking into account the values shared by the three institutions, as centres linked to the Society of Jesus, will be oriented towards the training of "people for others", people who are recognised as being the best leaders for the world, that is, men and women who are characterised, in addition to their professional competence, by the integral development of all facets of their personality, as well as by their ethical commitment to a society that is increasingly fair and sustainable, and which includes everyone in solidarity.
To interiorize and grow spiritually in the Universal Apostolic Preference (UAP) "Care of the Common House" and to outline together the elements of a provincial plan that will help to make this preference more effective and real in personal, community and institutional life. These two objectives were sought at the online Meeting of the Province of Spain on the theme of ecology on October 8th and 9th. The 65 participants from different sectors, areas and platforms of the province collaborated intensely to make them happen.   In his words of welcome the provincial, Antonio España SJ acknowledged with gratitude the journey undertaken as a province with different ecological initiatives and as a global Society he reviewed the milestones with which the last General Congregations and the publication of important documents have made us reflect until 2019 when Fr. General approved the UAP. The meeting included a prayer of contemplation in an ecological key, two talks (Talk Jaime Tatay SJ: The believers facing the environmental challenges; Talk of Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ: The care of the Common House from the Ignatian Spirituality) and work in groups. In the sharing of the work various ideas were repeated such as the theological-spiritual integration in our ecological activities; the perception that there is still a need for ecological conversion at the personal, community and institutional levels. Also the fact that ecology should be mainstreamed in the province, the need for greater networking not only with internal actors; the promotion of experiential activities - some already existing such as the EE in ecological key, but which must be strengthened - the need to increase training in this area. From this first meeting, the way begins to define a provincial plan in this area. A plan on which the provincial, in his final words of thanks, insisted: "It is not like adding a new area, but trying to make a common awareness of what environmental justice inspired by the Gospel means in a transversal way".  Other materials: Booklets Ecological Conversion (in Spanish)
The online prayer project, rezandovoy (Pray as you go), is continuing, about to complete (this coming 2021) it’s ten years journey. During this time it has not stopped growing, and one of the latest developments has been the incorporation of thematic series, in addition to daily prayer and specials. These are particular projects that have to do with some area of life or vocation - such as education, the examination of the day, the figure of St. Ignatius...- On the horizon is the preparation of a series of prayers that will help in the discernment of vocations. On the feast of St. Luke, one of these series was published. 14 prayers prepared to accompany the illness. Precisely because of the times, it seems more pertinent than ever this believing look at aspects of life such as bad (or good) news related to health, fear of the operating theatre, the nearness of death, the beginning of life, letting oneself be cared for, caring for others… All this is in these 14 prayers. It was a team effort, in which the Jesuit Alberto Cano SJ coordinated a group of people linked to the world of health to prepare the prayers. We encourage you to visit the section and spread these prayers that surely can accompany many joys and sorrows in these complex times. Access the series: https://rezandovoy.org/articulo/en-la-enfermedad
The Cristianismo y Justicia Centre in Barcelona has just published a new booklets in English in the virtual collection: Covid-19: Beyond the pandemic, written by Joan Carrera SJ. In this Notebook the Author gathers together the response generated by COVID-19 among the political and economic classes and the consequences that are the prelude to future crises. Because once we are on the other side of the pandemic it is necessary to take on urgently the social and economic aspects of our system that should be questioned in order to foresee and avoid the recurrence in the near future of episodes like the one which we are now living. More information