I have to say that when I consider the three basic vows that St. Ignatius originally intended for his order I can’t help feel a little sad when comparing them with the present reality. Or maybe I should phrase it in a different way. Maybe I just don’t understand the Jesuit definition of these vows… so I’ll try again…
What exactly is the Jesuit definition of “poverty?”
Having walked through the Jesuit household at one of the Jesuit Colleges we toured I can honestly say that nothing that I saw there even came close to attempting to fulfill that vow. Unless I’ve missed something and “poverty” has come to mean living in luxurious and plush surroundings? I certainly can’t imagine that that was what St. Ignatius had in mind.
Vow #2 is chastity. At least they’ve kept this one. No renouncing the original definition of the word or explaining how it could be cheerfully ignored.
So far it’s 50/50. One vow kept and one vow redefined. How do you think they’ll do with Vow #3?
I have so much to say about it that it needs its very own post.
Because the Jesuit idea of “obedience to the pope” certainly seems to have changed over time…
(photo from Wikipedia)