The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome


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  • To build bridges between the rich and the poor, and establish advocacy links... (GC 35, # 3.28)

  • South Asian Conference Social Coordinators 2012

  • Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature (Pope Francis, 2013)

  • 'Friends of the Lord' means 'Friends with the poor'(GC 34, # 2.9)

  • Move beyond doubts and indifference to take responsibility for our home, the Earth (GC 35, # 3.31)

  • To respond today to pressing needs of our complex and fragile world, many hands are surely needed (GC 35, # 6.30)

  • To discover new horizons and to reach new social, cultural and religious frontiers... (GC 35, # 1.6)

  • Asia Pacific Conference Social Apostolate gathering 2013

  • Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce (Pedro Arrupe SJ, 1973)


The Social Apostolate is Like a Home to Me

Br. Paul Chon Chu-hui SJ (KOR)


In 1988, the year of the Seoul Olympics, I graduated from college and immediately entered the Society of Jesus. As we novices were beginning the second year of novitiate we made a 19th annotation "spiritual exercises in daily life." One day when I took a walk for reflection after finishing prayer in the chapel I suddenly saw a vision. I saw the back of a middle aged man looking like a vagrant beggar in ragged clothes. Then, he just looked back at me very warmly, but said no words. At that moment I felt that this was Jesus and in my heart I felt the desire to follow that beggar walking in front of me. After a brief while the vision disappeared. After the vision, as I continued my walk, I had a strong feeling to follow Christ poor,...

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