Hungarian Jesuits invite and challenge every fellow province to pray and run together for Jesuit vocations.
Dear Jesuits, dear Ignatian family, and all those close to the Ignatian spirituality! After last year’s similar initiative, we, the Hungarian Jesuits and their companions challenge you again to run with peace – and with Saint Ignatius for vocations. While doing so, you may pass through the four weeks of the 30-day-long Spiritual Exercises, what is more, experience togetherness with other provinces in the aftermath of our Jubilee Year.
This autumn, on 1 October, the Hungarian Jesuits and their co-workers are jointly organizing an event titled Jesuit Run, based on the theme of the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises. We invite you, together with your co-workers, students and those discerning their vocation, to join us in any form that is convenient for you.
Here are some examples:
Organize a community run in your province, inviting everyone in and around your community, especially the ones who are considering a Jesuit vocation. This is exactly what we will do, in four categories: 1. Fast runners, 2. Slow runners, 3. Slower runners, 4. Walkers. Then provide a guideline to the event on the theme of the Spiritual Exercises. We will set up four stations on the route, where Jesuits will give a short insight into the four weeks of the Exercises:
- Consider God’s love for us and our sometimes flawed response to His gifts.
- Focus on Jesus and His mission to heal the world.
- Contemplate on the self-giving love and passion of Christ.
- Look at yourself and the world from the power of the resurrection and God’s unending love.
Besides, you might want to provide regular spiritual guidance and offer various ways of living the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius to the participants in preparation for the community run, like we do.
You cannot or do not want to organize a large-scale event, but would like to accept our challenge? No problem whatsoever. By yourself or with companions, find some time and place to run or walk in your own pace, and make reflections on the Spiritual Exercises.
Should you choose any of the options, please make sure to send us a feedback! Any photo, video or written report is more than welcome at . If we may be of any help with regard to further information, please do not hesitate to write!
Here is our video from last year:
Bálint Nagy SJ, vocations director and his team