Wednesday 1 May 2013

Abbot Gregory and the Jesuits

Abbot Gregory Collins of Dormitio, Irish abbot presiding over a German-speaking Benedictine monastery, and great admirer of Ignatius and the Jesuits as far as the discernment process is concerned. He was telling me just now, during our break, that there is no one quite as practical as Ignatius when it comes to finding out what God wants you to do. I suggested that he share something about this with us when he comes to preach our recollection in June. He said that would be a great idea.

He was also talking about the difference in atmosphere and tradition between the French-speaking Benedictine monasteries and the non-French speaking ones, in which he includes the Irish, the British, and the German speaking monasteries. Not Anglo-Saxon, he was firm in refusing that appellation: the Irish, he reminded me, are by no means to be considered Anglo-Saxon. And he is right, to think of it. Just that, for an ordinary Indian, it doesn't mean much.

And the fact of having a Jesuit pope with Francis for a name. The abbot said that there was probably a different way of exercising authority, different for a religous and for a diocesan bishop. That's something to be thought about. At any rate, Pope Francis continues to be the darling of the media. Wait till he begins to say some hard things. It will happen, I suppose. 

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