In Loyola! Yes, we are here, we have been arriving in the last couple of days, 160 different people, coming from many places and numerous Jesuit works. Loyola is not, for us, specially this year, a place just like any other, though. Looking around, we cannot avoid evoking what happened to Ignatius right here during his convalescence. Fr. General, as he offered some lines of encouragement for our work, told us this afternoon: “You are now in Loyola”. Wait! This may be more than a statement of the obvious. We may hear it as an invitation to understand being in Loyola as a call for disposing us to go through the same experience Ignatius had here 500 years ago – to be touched and moved by the Spirit and set in a new path of service.
The wounded Ignatius was brought to Loyola to recover his health, bringing with him old projects and dreams. Here, he was surprised by God, he was challenged, and he let himself be deeply transformed. A few months later, he resumed his life journey with different goals and practising a different of way of living. Being in Loyola, for Ignatius, meant conversion.
We hope that the gathering in Loyola, this week, may become a deep and fruitful experience of being also in Loyola. You all who follow it from afar, journey with us. Even if you are not in Loyola, put yourself in Loyola.