The Council began, in keeping with our tradition, by contemplating and praying over some of the major socio-political trends in our contemporary world. To do this, we were inspired by the book The revenge of power by Moisés Naím in which he offers three keys to understanding the current proliferation of autocrats who are trying to weaken democracy from within. These three keys are populism,
polarization and post-truth. However, it was not a matter of a simple academic exercise, since the Council took place in the spirit of discernment proper to the Society and, therefore, took place from the gaze of God whom Ignatius suggests in the Spiritual Exercises. What we were looking for was to perceive the action of the Lord at this moment in history and to understand how we can collaborate in his mission.
The Council then considered for several days the enormous educational effort that the Society of Jesus is carrying out in the world and the way in which it can best collaborate in the mission that God has entrusted to the Church. This must be a mission that is carried out in the context of the faith and spiritual experience that animate the Society, which must, as Father Arrupe explained, lead to the formation of people for and with others. Enlightened by Christ, true men and women for others are capable of being agents of change and engaged in building more just and humane societies. This process has led us to deepen the meaning of Ignatian pedagogy, the importance of critical reflection, discernment, openness to the experience of God and faith formation in the multireligious and multiconvictional contexts of societies. of today.