Takeaways from the New Apostolic Exhortation

  1. Holiness is possible for all people within their daily circumstances. Each are invited to find their own paths of holiness. The help of Holy Spirit is this regard is something that is stressed here.
  2. It stresses on joy and sense of humour. It speaks of alive-ness as the sign of being human.(the famous saying attributed to St Ireneus).
  3. It speaks of 2 subtle enemies, gnosticism (extensive focus on intellectualism) and pelagianism (excessive focus on my actions and not at all on God’s Grace).
  4. This document surely has an Ignatian touch. Anyone who has done a month long Ignatian retreat or familiar with Ignatian spirituality will see the explicit and implicit links. For me, it makes me conscious of my own Ignatian/Jesuit identity and an invitation to go deeper into it. [This is nothing to boast of, but it reveals how deeper experiences of life continue to haunt you/influence you, whatever you do].

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..