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A message of humility in declining numbers
He also spoke to another elderly Jesuit who noted the decline of the Order in Greece, which has given up various apostolates as numbers have declined.
Pope Francis said the Order had over 33,000 members when he was in the novitiate in 1958, but that it now counts around half that number of vocations.
The Pope added there is meaning behind this continuing trend, which has its roots in God who sends vocations.
“I believe the Lord is giving us a teaching for religious life. For us it has meaning in the sense of humiliation.”
He recalled that the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius always point to humility and humiliation, making reference to the “Third Degree of Humility”. It reads: “I want and choose poverty with Christ poor rather than riches, opprobrium with Christ replete with it rather than honors.”
Pope Francis said this is the “only Jesuit fecundity that matters,” saying “we must get used to humiliation.”