Among the guiding documents for Jesuits are the Constitutions and Complementary Norms of the Society of Jesus. The documents date from the middle of the sixteenth century and remain a vital source for us to discover what was in the mind of Ignatius and his companions. We were fortunate to have Brian O’Leary with us to present a number of sessions on the origin and application of the texts and were glad to benefit from his years of study and reflection on Ignatian spirituality.
During the week, Joe Dargan introduced this year’s reading of the Spiritual Journal of Saint Ignatius, which again constitutes a part of Ignatius writings which benefits from some guidance and discussion. Joe also took some time to consider with us and more recent aspect of Jesuit history in offering his own recollections of Pedro Arrupe, (Jesuit Superior General 1965-1983). He drew helpfully on some video interviews with Vincent O’Keeffe, former Vicar General of the Society.
Pat Nolan was Thursday night’s visitor, sharing inspirational, challenging and encouraging story. He outlined his life’s path which involved being a novice, businessman, husband and father describing how Ignatian spirituality has shaped him.