Born in 1943 in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan entered the Society of Jesus in 1961. He studied philosophy and written and unwritten law in the Netherlands. He went on to study languages of Indonesia and theology in Java and worked in Indonesia before returning to Europe. He was Novice Master and, until 2006, Provincial of the Netherlands. His favourite sports have all to do with water. Jan discovered the spirituality of the Jesuits by reading Karl Rahner, from some wise spiritual Dutch and Flemish Jesuits in the Low Lands and, in Indonesia, in his work in Ambon, Yogyakarta, Brussels, Lyon, Bruges and Utrecht. His family is a great support for his vocation. He participated for the Dutch Province in the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in Rome.
Today we continued to hear the sharing from three Tertians, Danang, Robert and Jaroslav.
We had mass before lunch, Robert presided the mass for us. It was well prepared, everything written. Thanks Robert.
After dinner we ran to the theater of the retreat house to watch the movie “Horse Whisperer”. A long movie, about 3 hours, it was well introduced by Fr. Peter Hannan, who specilally mentioned relationships – human relationships and God-human relationship. The movie tells a story about a couple with one daughter. The daughter gets an accident with her horse which she loves so much. The accident was so bad that it forced her to have her right leg amputated. After the amputation and recovery from the surgery, she has difficulty with her self-confidence with the artificial leg. The horse also was badly injured and need some treatment. The mother finds a “horse whisperer” through a magazine. The mother has a strong belief that this man can help the daughter and her horse to recover. A strong courageous mother, she drives the car to bring her daughter and the horse as well to the horse whisperer. She drives the car alone from New York to Montana passing beautiful scenery and reaches the house of the horse whisperer. At the end after all kinds of struggling and tension in the relationship, the daungter and the horse recover from their mental problems through the help of the horse whisperer. It is a very good movie.
God has not ended the summer of this year…Thank You Lord for another bright day.
As tertianship is called the school of the heart, three tertians today have journeyed through the session “sharing from the heart”. Brendan, Toto and Piaras shared their spiritually valuable experiences and the instructors were with us in the sessions of sharing.
The process of “sharing from the heart” is:
- One of us shares his valuable experience about 5-7 minutes length and others are listening attentively.
- After listening the personal sharing, then we have a quiet time about 5-7 minutes to reflect on the story or sharing through the three questions:
- What is my feeling when I hear the story?
- With what can I identify in the story?
- Are there other feelings come up?
- After about seven minutes of reflection, each listener in turn shares his feelings and reactions or responds to the personal sharing. The three instructors also share their feelings after listening to the personal sharing.
This “sharing from the heart” week will end on Friday. Every day, we have three persons who share their experiences.
Danang, today, celebrated his first mass for the Tertian community on this feast of Saint Vincent de Paul and inspired us to follow the steps of Saint Vincent to help the poor and those who are in difficulties.
Before dinner-time a Tertian met Fr. John K. Guiney, the Irish Jesuit who is in charge of Irish Jesuit Missions, he said that the weather yesterday (28 September) was the hottest day of this year. Today we had another sunny day we had.
Today we have heard the sharing of three tertiants, Danang, Robert, and Jaroslav in the afternoon.
Brendan celebrated mass in the Feast of the archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. At the mass we greeted and prayed for Father Gabriel. Brendan shared about the role of the angels in the connection between God and human.
Fr. John K Guiney joined with us for dinner before sharing his Jesuit life. At 8:00 pm, we started to listen to Father John sharing which talked about his Jesuit journey from the novitiate till his last assignement. His novitiate was under Father Joe Dargan, the novice master when the novitiate was here (in Manresa). Then he continued his formation in Juniorate and Philosophy when Ireland was at a moment of change. For his regency, he was sent to East Africa to work among the unfortunate people. The moment of regency is the moment when he actually started his Jesuit life as missionary and was away from his superior. He went back to Ireland to study theology. After his ordination he returned to East Africa working among the simple one with various kind of challlenges. Issues of violence, HIV/AIDS, poverty and political conflict were really parts of his apostolic environment. Once he experienced a plane accident that brought him near to being paralised. He had a broken arm and rib and he had to be rested totally about a year before returned to his mission without any fear. And after his accident, he said it was second chance to give his life for other people so I do not have any fear anymore.
In the midst of his talk, he also shared about his challenges about being Jesuit and religious who worked in the mission area, with the vows and community life, his dream of being a missionary, of falling in love, of meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, and how to deepen his personal life as a Jesuit who was involved mostly in the active life of caring for others.
It was at 9:00pm, when we gave him applause and thanked him for his generous presence and for sharing his life journey. Thank you very much, John.
This is also part of “sharing from the heart.”
It was windy-cloudy Sunday.
The tertians were spread to several places to celebrate mass.
Some of them went to Gabriel Church Dollymount, some said mass in St Monicha communty. Some were in the Polish Catholic Community in Dublin.
Today is an opportunity for the tertians to be involved with Church services in various places.