" In light of Ignatius' 'Two Standards' and 'The Mystries Done From The Garden To The House Of Annas', at any moment we can be Judas or Peter, a Christian life can be a fine line."
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Stephen Surovick, SJ "Growing In Grace And Understanding Of God's Call"
Through these six years of formation, I have learned that religious life in the Society of Jesus consists of a personal relationship with God, which in turn supports the public reality of a Jesuit’s mission. The Society’s mission, as it is lived by each individual Jesuit, regardless of the mission, is one of availability. Finally, the opportunity to be ordained a Jesuit priest means having the opportunity to connect people’s daily lives with the Catholic Church. And while I have much more to learn, I have humbly requested to continue theological studies in the coming academic year in preparation for eventual ordination to the priesthood, as my relationship with God continues to draw me into greater service of His people.
I am not a Jesuit, nor am I a cleric. I spent about 5 years under the spiritual direction of a Jesuit, 3 of those years in a weekly directed retreat in everyday life. The profound impact that the Society and the Excercises had upon my life, resulted in me, trying to deal with that impact in some way by sharing my view of Jesus Christ with others. My intention is to pull together Jesuitical and Catholic subjects that interest me. I was born on the feast day of St. Paul Miki, S.J.. I am the father of three small children and an infant, I am married to a great wife.