The Jesuit Spirit In This Land
Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
The bottom left corner of the painting represents Jesuits drawn
from regions far apart and widely differing customs, all of whom
have come through the waters of baptism. Drawn together as the Society
of Jesus, we are bonded by our sacrificial love of one another.
We are united, given life and mission by our vision of Ignatius.
Together we look outward to the bottom right of the painting, anxious
to educate in the Good News and its consequences to those drawn to
hear it. To them we go out, taking with us our unity of purpose
and diversity of background. We walk towards those drawn to the
Good News and we stand firm in solidarity with those in special
need because Christ has stood with us.
Though immersed in service of the local church (below the black
horizontal line crossing the painting), we are always looking beyond
our own situation to the horizons of a universal vision, central
to which is the Cross.
Participating in the Paschal Mystery, we see Jesus in His dying
and we experience the three days in the tomb (the three circles
around the Cross), waiting for His glory to be revealed in the sunburst.
With eyes fixed His Cross and His glory we share in the life of
the Spirit, receiving the grace for our mission. The rising sun
breaks out over the whole world, heralding God's daily action
in our world and bringing to light the needs of humanity.
Watching Jesus on His Cross, we stand with Mary and ask her to
obtain for us the graces from Jesus so that we may be received under
His standard. Together with Jesus we ask the Father that we may
travel the path of His Son, enfleshing the Jesuit Spirit in this