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Jesuit Terms U


Ultimate Reality, Human Knowledge of

Here are three ways of coming to understand how limited human beings reach some kind of knowledge of Ultimate Reality, "the Divine," God:

(1) Following the 20th-century German Catholic theologian Karl Rahner, Ultimate Reality, "God," is not like the ordinary contents that fill our consciousness. Rather God is the "horizon" against which all our ordinary knowing takes place and tends.

(2) In Buddhism, there are the "10,000 things" and then beyond them there is Ultimate Reality, best called "No-thing."

(3) The 20th-century Indian Jesuit spiritual teacher Tony De Mello says: Do not mistake the "pointer" toward Ultimate Reality for that Reality itself.

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Universal Apostolic Preferences 2019-2029 

Released on February 19, 2019, the Jesuit Superior General, Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, announced four Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society of Jesus over the next decade. These were identified through a two-year process of discernment involving all Jesuits and many representational mission partners. The process concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr Sosa. The four Preferences are:

  • To show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; 
  • To walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice; 
  • To accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future;
  • To collaborate in the care of our Common Home.

See more information on the UAPs

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Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)

Universidad Centroamericana, José Simeón Cañas. For more information concerning the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and the events surrounding them, see The Martyrs of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).

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Universities and Colleges


See Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

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JESUIT A TO Z: An expanded version of the publication "Do You Speak Ignatian?"