Someone describes Tertianship as a process of re-founding the Society.
Truly, it is! And we have been experiencing this in the past two weeks.
We started working and reflecting on the Formulas of the Institute of the Society of Jesus, the Constitutions and General Congregations. The sapiential reading of these important documents helped us understand better about the original spirit of the Society of Jesus and the living tradition that went through more than 470 years’ practice under different circumstances. By getting back to the root and building up on the foundation, we hope to be better equipped to carry out our mission today in a more authentic Ignatian way.
As a matter of fact, the Jesuit characteristics, never merely listed in the Constitutions, are manifested in the Society as a body and in each individual Jesuit’s life. This is why the two Jesuits’ sharing, in different day, of their personal stories in the Society have touched all of us deeply. In their narratives, we recognized our common and shared experience and charism.