An Ignatian Examen
I ask for the grace to
see creation as God does
in all its splendor and
I ask for the grace to see
how my life choices impact creation
and the poor and vulnerable
I ask for the grace to reconcile
my relationship with God, creation
and humanity, and to stand in
solidarity through my actions
The mission of the Office of Justice and Ecology (OJE) is to help the president and provincials of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States reflect the Jesuits’ work for reconciliation on issues such as immigration and economic, criminal, juvenile and environmental justice.
The OJE is the voice of the provincials to the Church, governments, nongovernmental agencies and others, advocating on behalf of the poor and other marginalized communities and encouraging others to do the same. The OJE serves as the principal liaison with the international Society of Jesus, particularly with the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.
Equally as important, the OJE helps the Jesuit Conference fulfill the mandate of General Congregation 36 for developing Jesuit, Ignatian and other networks by collaborating and cooperating with various groups and encouraging them to live a faith that does justice.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), is a lay-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that networks, educates, and forms advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions. ISN has over 90 partner institutions across the U.S. and Canada, high schools, universities, parishes, and social ministries within the Jesuit network and larger Catholic Church.
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1 Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 233.
2 Based on the Contemplation to Attain Divine Love from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, 234-236.
3 Contemporary paraphrase of the Incarnation Meditation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, 106.
4 Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 49.
5 Ibid, 2.
6 Ibid, 2.
7 Ibid, 46.
8 Ibid, 2.
9, 10 Greg Kennedy, S.J., Ecological Examen
11 General Congregation 36, Decree 1: Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice, 3.
12 General Congregation 36, Decree 1: Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice, 29.
13 General Congregation 36, Decree 1: Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice, 30.