Our first response to the devastation and destruction of Super Typhoon Haiyan across the Philippines was probably one of horror. But, as so often happens, this reaction was promptly followed by the question: What can we do to help? Across Britain and indeed the world, people turned their feelings of compassion and impotence into action. By donating to Jesuit Missions you are contributing directly to the Jesuits' relief effort as communities in the Philippines attempt to rebuild their lives. So thank you!
Response is a theme that runs through this edition of Jesuits and Friends. Bruce Kent for instance asks how we should we respond to the crisis in Syria and conflicts generally; and Sister Anne-Elizabeth considers the difference that JRS's response has made to refugees and detainees. We consider too what response is needed to address the poverty and inequality in South Africa, while also acknowledging how the Jesuits have responded to the needs of the people of Zimbabwe over the past 20 years.
The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius ask us to respond to some fundamental questions: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What more ought I do for Christ? You can read in this magazine how young adults have responded to these questions through the MAGIS programme. But these are questions for us all. Whether we respond through donating money, praying, campaigning or volunteering, ours is a faith that demands that we do something.
Fr Dushan Croos SJ