Jesuits’ first mission is helping other souls, Pope tells general congregation
October 24, 2016
In an October 24 address to leaders of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis said that the mission of Jesuits is to be “free and obedient—going to the peripheries where others do not reach, under Jesus’ gaze and looking to the horizon which is the ever greater glory of God.”
The Pope told participants in the Jesuits’ 36th general congregation:
The aim of the society is not only that of occupying itself with the salvation and the perfection of the souls of its members through divine grace, but with the same grace to help intensively the salvation and perfect the souls of our neighbors.
Pope Francis—himself a Jesuit—suggested three themes for Jesuit actions:
- Insistently ask for consolation;
- Let ourselves be moved by the Lord of the Cross;
- Do good with good humor, in harmony with the Church.
- Pope Francis’ discourse at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (Vatican press office)