Reaching the “Peripheries” of the Heart
Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the Society of Jesus “to reach the geographical and spiritual places where others do not reach or find it difficult to reach.” This same mission has been an overarching theme of Pope Francis’ as well. Many of those “geographic and spiritual places” are the interior world of the human heart – an interior that individuals, due to stress and distraction, have lost touch with.
Research can help us better understand how the ancient truths of the Faith can be communicated to the people of our day in ways that are authentic to Tradition, effective, transformative, and sustainable. That is why SSI’s mission to conduct integral research is one of our two main priorities. We want to help produce spiritual programs and resources that will enable individuals to explore those interior places of the heart where the challenges of life meet the Merciful Christ who is our Way, our Truth and our Light.
All Sacred Story research is modeled on Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, and all SSI researchers and employees sign confidentiality agreements. All analysis will be scrubbed of any personal identifiers to reveal only trends and/or issues present in groups participating in the renewal programs.