The Tertians at Cardoner House Dublin completed their 30-day Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, a beautiful journey with the Lord, on Dec 20 2017. After two days of brief sharing on our experiences, we are now moving to the Christmas break.
With deep gratitude, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your great support and prayers for us during our Exercises. May the good Lord continue to bless you all, and grant you and your family a joyful grace-filled Christmas and a happy New Year.
In the past two weeks, the Tertians, while writing their own autobiographies, took turn to share the stories of their life to the companions in the community. The various experiences, though not without pains and difficulties, witness how each one has been striving for meaning and how God has been working in each individual’s life journey. The sharing is a testimony that the stories of our lives are actually parts of the History of God’s Salvation.
Someone describes Tertianship as a process of re-founding the Society.
Truly, it is! And we have been experiencing this in the past two weeks.
We started working and reflecting on the Formulas of the Institute of the Society of Jesus, the Constitutions and General Congregations. The sapiential reading of these important documents helped us understand better about the original spirit of the Society of Jesus and the living tradition that went through more than 470 years’ practice under different circumstances. By getting back to the root and building up on the foundation, we hope to be better equipped to carry out our mission today in a more authentic Ignatian way.
As a matter of fact, the Jesuit characteristics, never merely listed in the Constitutions, are manifested in the Society as a body and in each individual Jesuit’s life. This is why the two Jesuits’ sharing, in different day, of their personal stories in the Society have touched all of us deeply. In their narratives, we recognized our common and shared experience and charism.
Fr Finbarr Lynch sharing his life story with Tertians
“Sharing from Heart” marked the second week of our Tertianship program, which was such an experience that allowed us to revisit our Jesuit life from deferent prospective, and helped us continue to learn from the past and from one another. The sharing also serves each tertian to know others deeper in a personal way.
After a rather heavy week, the group had a three-day pilgrimage to Glendalough, visiting the roots of Christianity in Ireland. We are impressed by the early Irish monastic tradition, a brief history of Irish Catholic Church and the Celtic spirituality.
The entrance to the ancient monastery site
St Kevin’s Church
At the end of the third week, Tertianship group held a‘At Home’ in Cardoner House. About 12 Jesuits from nearby communities of Irish province joined us to attend the lecture on the Society of Jesus in ZIM and MDG Provinces. A good evening, indeed.