THE JESUITS’ COMPLETE SELF-DEDICATION

THE JESUITS' COMPLETE SELF-DEDICATION

Gtpministries.org – On February 2 2024, to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the First Friday Eucharist, the Feast of Final Vows for four priests belonging to the Society of Jesus was celebrated solemnly at the Church of Santa Theresia Bongsari Semarang. The four caules are Father Rudy Chandra Wijaya, SJ, Father Joseph Mangatur Mangisi Tua Situmorang, SJ, Father Alexander Hendra Dwi Asmara, SJ, and Father Eduardus Didik Cahyono, SJ. The Eucharist celebration led by Provincial Father Benedict Hari Juliawan, SJ was attended by people, families and tertiaries from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Slovakia and Nigeria.

If the First Vow of the Society of Jesus is interpreted as the Jesuit’s promise to join the Society of Jesus, the Final Vow is interpreted as the Jesuits’ full offering to the Society. By taking their vows, Jesuits are expected to emulate the attitude of Jesus Christ who voluntarily offered himself for the glory of God, as when he was presented in the Temple and when he died on the cross.

Final vows were held at Bongsari Church, Semarang.
Documentation: 2024 Final Vows Committee

In his homily, Father Benny told the story of the life of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, whose spirit needs to be emulated. Saint Ignatius, who was originally a soldier, faced a life challenge when a canon bomb hit one of his legs and left him limping. After experiencing all that, Saint Ignatius received a call to repent. When he wanted to pray in a Marian grotto, he took off his sword and coat which were symbols of his warrior spirit and rank. Some time after that, Saint Ignatius completely devoted himself to God by forming the Society of Jesus. Father Benny invited the congregation and the Jesuits to pay attention to Saint Ignatius’ ability to let go of all his possessions, desires and aspirations in order to offer himself to God. Father Benny reminded that in the end, every human being will present themselves to God in a different way. The difficulties or challenges that we will experience in this effort are normal, as happened to Saint Ignatius Loyola.

“In the end, we are asked to give up our freedom to offer ourselves to God,” said Father Benny.

At the end of the Eucharist Celebration, Father Hendra as a representative of the caules, expressed gratitude and gratitude to the families who had supported their journey, the Jesuit community where they served, the congregation, interfaith figures, the Final Vows committee of the Society of Jesus, and the liturgical officers who served during Eucharist.

Father Hendra interpreted the acceptance of the Final Vows as the Society of Jesus’ belief in the Jesuits to live forever in the society for the greater service and glory of God. He also asked for prayers and support from all the people present so that they could be truly faithful in carrying out their duties in the Society of Jesus.

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