Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2016 / 09:52 am
Bringing all people the lasting joy of the Church should be the focus of their service, Pope Francis told representatives of the Jesuits on Monday, as he urged them to shun pursuit of worldly leadership and position.
"The service of good courage and discernment makes us men of the Church – not clerical men, but churchmen, men 'for others,' without our own thing that isolates but placing everything we have in communion and service," he said Oct. 24 to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus at the order's general curia in Rome.
"We walk neither alone nor comfortably; we walk with 'a heart that does not rest, which does not close in on itself, but which beats to the rhythm of a journey that takes place along with all the faithful people of God,'" he said, quoting a homily he gave in January 2014.
"Let us walk, making ourselves all for all."