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Alban prepared meal for lunch. It was very nice, rice and chicken with three kinds of desert apple pie, chocolate pie and yoghurt pie. Thanks Alban.

Some Tertians went for celebrate masses in different places and some attended masses in some parish churches.

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In the morning, some Tertians visited the public cemetery and Jesuit cemetery. Toto said mass in the afternoon. Piaras cooked for dinner.

We had an animated movie, Rio, telling a story about the last generation of a bird. It was quite entertaining. Thank you Gabriel

Reading the signs

As the long retreat approaches, the timetable begins to address aspects of prayer in remote preparation. Paddy Greene presented two sessions on Monday about the bible, dreams and imagination. He described the importance of dreams in the bible and in tradition and stressed that dreams are at the service of health and wholeness; every dream having a message which only the dreamer can identify. Some discussion followed on dreams offered by individuals, using a proven method of interaction with them. Tuesday saw a lot more discussions over breakfast!
On Tuesday, Seamus O’Connell of Maynooth offered three sessions on Lectio Divina. While relying on a scholarship, Seamus used to practised method to draw attention to the simplicity required for reading the word of God.
Orlando Torres, the General’s Assistant for Formation, arrived on Wednesday night and took two sessions on Thursday and Friday mornings. He spoke on a range of issues, describing their importance for the Church and for the Society. On Friday morning he addressed many questions that had been prepared by Tertians. His visit was welcomed by the Tertians: he was very generous with his time and was interested in hearing from various the countries and apostolates, his long experience in Rome having given him much insight into how the Society fulfils its mission.
A group went Glasnevin on Saturday morning, to pray for the dead at the Jesuit plots in the cemetery.

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Two sessions in the morning, we listened to Fr. Orlando Torrres who gave the answers to our questions, which mostly focussed on formation and some demographic changes of the number of Jesuits in the world.

Fr. Orlando said mass for the community.

Lourenço and Pavel showed photos of Magis activities during World Youth Day, August 2011 in Spain. Lourenço, in addition to Pavel, also shared about the student camp activities in his ministry in Portugal with regards to the preparation for the WYD in Spain.  Father Orlando Torres was with us during the presentation and said goodbye to all of us as he would leave the next day very early morning at 5 am.

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In the two sessions in the morning, Fr. Orlando Torres gave the general situation in the curia under Fr. Adolfo Nicolas. There are topics : universal availability and planning, Spiritual Depth, Formation, Leadership, Creativity, Intellectual Apostolate, Community Life, The first step of the spirit of GC 35.

Emphasizing some parts:

  1. Universality availability : freedom and mobility to be sent to any mission, for a short or longer term
  2. Spiritual Depth : what kind of prayer? Transformative prayer moves to freedom to be sent
  3. Formation : toward universal availability; intellectual apostolate and leadership
  4. Leadership : vision and administrator, skills can be taught.
  5. Creativity ; mission in the various context.
  6. Intellectual Apostolate : mission on the crossroad faith and science, not always in university
  7. Community life : triptych Identity, mission and Community , community for mission, witness living Gospel.