Peter Schineller, SJ, likes Ignatius’s image of God’s people as laborers in the vineyard:“The world is seen not as a battlefield, prison, or vale of tears, but as a garden or vineyard, a place of growth yielding fruits necessary for life. As laborers in the vineyard, we make a difference in this world. We are involved in a living and life-giving project, a constructive task whose goal is to bear fruit for the Lord.
“We do not work alone. We are co-workers with God (1 Cor. 3:9). While we plant and water, it is God who gives the increase. We do not just pass through, or simply weave baskets in the day and take them apart at night. Rather we are here to tend the garden and bear fruit, fruit that will last. One who works in a vineyard is an optimist, a laborer committed to the long haul, to patient, respectful, cooperation with fellow laborers and with the Lord of the harvest.”