As a Jesuit brother for twenty-one and a half years, I really enjoyed working with the maintenance crews. Serving on these crews we built schools, churches, a Parish Hall in Belize, and homes on the Indian Missions in Wyoming and South Dakota. I got to know and appreciate these men very much.
Then as a priest, it was great to marry, baptize, hear confessions, give Communion, confirm, and give the last rites to people and their families. One got to see God working in others, and how they gave their lives back to God. It was also wonderful to say Mass and preach to the people hoping that they would lead a good life, turn away from sin, give themselves back to God, grow in the awareness of God dwelling within them, thank God for saving them, and bless God for all that He had done and was doing for them.
And so I can say that I have truly enjoyed my 60 years in the Jesuits. God has certainly blessed me in my vocation in so many ways. Therefore if you decide to become a religious brother, sister, or priest you will be living a life that is enjoyable and blessed by God in so many ways. Try it.
The Ignatian Spirituality Program of Denver offers Ignatian group retreats, individual spiritual direction, the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, and trains spiritual directors and guides of the Spiritual Exercises.