Jesuits / Jedi
18 Dec 2019
There are similarities between Jedi and Jesuits.
Jedi climb through four basic ranks – Youngling, Padawan, Knight and finally Jedi Master. For a galaxy where lightspeed is a standard mode of travel, it is a paradoxically slow process.
Similarly, the Jesuit process of “Formation” takes a while. Those who feel the calling will undertake five distinct stages of development which can take decades to complete - Novitiate, Studies, Regency, Theology, Tertianship.
The Novitiate stage includes begging your bread in a foreign country with nothing but your faith to see you through. It is not for the faint-hearted.
But perhaps the most striking similarity is that both Jedi and Jesuit believe in a universe-penetrating power. Jedi believe in ‘the Force’, Jesuits in seeking to find God in all things.
One of the ways Jesuits learn to find God in all things is through the Spiritual Exercises, devised by their founder St Ignatius of Loyola (he is the Yoda of the Jesuits).
You can get a taste of the Spiritual Exercises at St Beuno’s in north Wales. More about that here.
Master Yoda is eminently quotable (“Do… or do not. There is no try”). But as we approach New Year, we leave you with a quote from St Ignatius: “Go forth and set the world on fire”.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out in cinemas across the UK