“We are called to overcome frontiers in search of one of the great challenges of today: reconciliation. In this, the example of St. Ignatius can serve as a guide for us”. This is one of the reminders launched by the Executive Vice President of Entreculturas, Daniel Villanueva, SJ, this Friday, August 30, at the World Youth Meeting of the Christian Life Community (CLC), which is being held virtually under the theme Embrace the world in and Ignatian way.
In a talk on the need to weave networks in order to build the Kingdom of God, he affirmed that “as Church, we have a vocation to embrace reality from all possible perspectives,” and he valued the fact that Ignatian members make up a “diverse apostolic body that is already functioning as a network and that can lead us to a conversion capable of achieving things that were almost unimaginable until now.
In this regard, he highlighted several examples of fields in which more and better work is being done today thanks to networks, such as the network of Jesuit schools, Magis, Ecojesuit, the Jesuit Migrant Service, or the work being done with refugees and universities.
The leader of the Jesuit NGOD ended by posing a question to the more than 130 young people from some fifty countries: “What part of this whole process can touch you in order to grow, beyond what you may have already done for yourself?”
During this second day of the encounter, the superior of the province of Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Ondina Cortés, also participated in video. “Life is not only what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you. I wanted to transform my experience into something useful. I want it to be at the service of God’s project, the Kingdom of God,” he said.
As well as on the first dayThe video of a place linked to St. Ignatius – the family home, in this case – was shown, and the so-called “St. Ignatius of the Cross” continued to be outlined. CLC Young Code and testimonies of different CLC members in the world, such as that of Dr. Blanca Gracia, who narrated her experience in the front line of the fight against the pandemic.
The World CLC Youth Meeting will conclude this Saturday, July 31, feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with an intense program that includes interventions by Father General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, SJ; the president of CLC Spain, Eduardo Escobés, and José María Rodríguez Olaizola, SJ.