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A Tender Heart for God's People
By Minh-Hoang Le, SJ
My first impulse to join the Society of Jesus emerged when I was an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Through encountering a Jesuit, I learned about Jesuit missionaries like St. Francis Xavier, Matteo Ricci, and St. Edmund Campion. These Jesuit missionaries illuminated the rich history of the Society of Jesus and exemplified for me the missionary zeal. They also served as the point of my attraction to the Society of Jesus.
Recently, I gave a talk to a group of student retreat leaders at Loyola University Chicago, where I am currently doing my first studies, the stage of Jesuit formation that involves immersing oneself in philosophical studies and inquiry. The talk I gave centered on the deep and durable desires that can point a person to God’s voice and invitation. Upon sharing with the students this core aspect of Ignatian spirituality, I began to reflect once again on the desires that led me to the Jesuits.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to live and serve in Northeast India. I never thought the missionary zeal that first drew me to the Society of Jesus would begin to take form and shape there.
Getting to Northeast India was no easy task. After all the flights, driving, and sweating, I reached my destination, a remote jungle village called Maweit. I was greeted by the sound of bugs, seemingly endless rain, and the angelic voices of simple, loving kids who would be the source of my joy in Northeast India.
| Minh-Hoang Le, SJ, with children in Maweit in Northeast India
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Minh-Hoang Le, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Wisconsin Province. He is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.