As we approach the 200th anniversary, of the restoration, tomorrow, the Jesuits in the British Province have been making a novena of prayer ' in thanksgiving for God's mercy and faithful love'. There is an excellent audio reflection for each day - see the link below. This novena has spanned both the Feast of St Ignatius (July 31st) and the first year we have been able to celebrate the Feast of St Peter Faber (Aug 2nd). On both days we have been offered a reflection on Spiritual Freedom and Humility, and to consider them in the light of the Suppression and Restoration of the Jesuits.
Spiritual Freedom Fr Luis Gonçalves da Câmara was a Portuguese Jesuit who was a companion of St Ignatius and kept a record of his time when they lived together - this is what he wrote about Ignatius' freedom
“Once when the doctor had told Ignatius he should avoid any bout of melancholy, because that would harm him, the Father
said afterwards, I have considered what might cause me melancholy, and I have not found anything, except if the Pope
were completely to undo the Society: and even this, I think, if I were to recollect myself in prayer for a quarter of an hour, I
would be has happy as before and even more so.” Memoriale of Gonçalves da Câmara, 182.
St Peter Faber, one of Ignatius' first companions was considered a Master of the Exercises, and a model of humilty and simplicity. He was an expert at spiritual conversation.
"It is in fact in Christ crucified that we find our salvation, our life and our resurrection. These three gifts precede the glory which waits us in heaven that comes through Christ glorified—from him and in him. We must therefore seek first the power of Christ-crucified and then that of Christ-glorified, not the other way around.
Click here to visit the online novena and the audio files