“Acceptance into the Novitiate of the Society of Jesus”
Yesterday, I received the good news that I have been accepted into the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. I’d like to take a moment to reflect in writing on the significance of this offer, especially on how our Lord has led me to this incredible moment.
My generation is characterized by a sense of restlessness, and I am certain that this sense of restlessness is a result of our lack of connectivity with God. I do not mean to say that God has forgotten us; rather, we have largely forgotten about God. He continually calls us to Himself, yet we are reluctant to respond. This reluctance is the product of a culture that values material wealth, independence, and moral decadence over spiritual riches, community, and holiness. Ours is a culture that says, “We can and should do what we want to.” Liberty is appealing to us, so much so that we have traded truth for liberty and justice for freedom.
Contrary to this culture stands the Society of Jesus with its vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, with its commitment to philosophical and theological rigor, and with its unwavering trust in the power of prayer and God’s presence in the world. Its name comes directly from the source of our salvation: Jesus Christ. The popular name for a member of the Society is a Jesuit, which comes from the Society’s opponents who were astounded by how frequently its members invoked the name of Jesus. After all, without Jesus, life is impossible, whether material or spiritual. God made everything through Him, and there is no salvation apart from Him.
With an overwhelming sense of peace and joy, I say, “Yes,” to Christ’s offer to me through the Society of Jesus. Apart from God’s will, I can do nothing.
Please pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
For the greater glory of God,
David J.W. Inczauskis