Margaret asks me: “An enterprise like Loyola Press is in a position to tip the world a little closer to the Kingdom. How do you see your own role as a facilitator of this transformative tilting?”
To be honest, my first reaction on reading your question was to panic. The idea that this little company might be capable of tipping “the world a little closer to the Kingdom” is overwhelming and then to point to a role for me in this “transformative tilting”… After several deep breaths and considerable reflection, however, I have to admit that if we didn’t believe, to use St. Ignatius’ terminology, in “helping souls” there would no reason for Loyola Press to exist.
My role, as I see it, is to be the Jesuit voice at the table. I believe firmly in the Examen [Examination of Consciousness] and so I asked Jim Manney to write a clear and honest book about it, A Simple Life-Changing Prayer. Jim is now writing about his experiences of making the Spiritual Exercises and I am confident this will do for the Exercises what his wonderful book is doing for the Examen.
It is my honor and responsibility to bring forth great Ignatian voices – yours is one! – both in our books for adults and in our faith formation programs. We are constantly looking for fresh, new guides to the spiritual life.
Another way in which we try to facilitate “transformative tilting” is our determination not to be angry or dismissive in any of our communications. I am concerned that there is too much vitriol, mutual recrimination and condemnation in the Church right now. Our community here at People For Others has so far managed to be courteous and temperate, even when we hold different views on various issues. I pray that we can be a beacon of reasonableness amid the turmoil.