Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., on Jesuits and the Global Common Good

Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., on Jesuits and the Global Common Good
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The Jesuit order was founded by Saint Ignatius
Loyola all the way back in the 1500s, the mid 1500s. And the founding document of the Jesuit order
says that the purpose of the Jesuit efforts around the world is the promotion of the glory
of God and the common good. And then Ignatius goes on further to say,
"The more universal the good is, the more it is divine." The more that it reaches out to more and more
people, across borders, internationally, globally, the more it's like God. God's love reaches to everyone around the
world. And as a result of this, the Jesuits from
the very beginning have been truly global people. Some of the very first Westerners to encounter
the cultures of China, Japan, India were Jesuits who translated the indigenous languages of
those countries into the Western languages for the first time. So the Jesuits have been involved in global
affairs from the very beginning. And it is a part of the mission of the Jesuits
to this day.

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