Southern Sudan: Team reflects on JRS mission
26 March 2010

Spiritual reflection can help to rediscover our sources of strength. (Angelika Mendes/JRS)
“Working at the new frontiers of our time means to work with people in challenging situations because of religious, cultural or economic differences and sharp ethical, social and environmental problems that lead to tensions and conflicts."
Lobone, 11 February 2010 – JRS staff members in Lobone, Southern Sudan, gathered for a day of retreat and reflection, inspired by the JRS document “Sent to the frontiers on a mission of reconciliation.” Issued in 2009, this paper defines the identity and mission of JRS in light of the 35th General Congregation of the Jesuits.

“Working at the new frontiers of our time means to work with people in challenging situations because of religious, cultural or economic differences and sharp ethical, social and environmental problems that lead to tensions and conflicts, the 35th General Congregation of the Jesuits tells us,” says Bernard Knorn SJ, who facilitated the retreat with Fr Richard O'Dwyer SJ, Pastoral Coordinator in Lobone. “In this context, reconciliation is of paramount importance, also for the people here in Lobone whom JRS assists in rebuilding their lives after more than 20 years of war,” he adds.

To begin with, the two Jesuits guided staff in reviewing the past year of their lives, using the awareness examen of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. The exercise was meant to help people discover how God is at work in their lives and to find him in all experiences of everyday life – something central and vital to Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality.

Rediscovering sources of JRS

In a second step, participants had the choice of joining the prayer and meditation group which would contemplate bible texts, or a second group who were going to read, reflect on and discuss the mission document, in particular the sections related to the identity of JRS.

After a joint lunch the group examined and discussed one chapter from the document about a culture of reflection and prayer before concluding the day with the celebration of the Eucharist. 

According to the participants, the day helped to rediscover the sources of strength for their work at the “frontiers.”







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