First period: Where it appears that tertianship has the advantages of novitiate, without the disadvantages…

Monday, the 17th

The first day, with the arrivals, installations, first visit of the house, first time to meet. Those who arrived in the morning had a lunch with the community, and time for a nap or a first stroll along the shore…

In the evening, after a dinner which reassured the greedy ones , the first mass was presided by a delegate of the provincial, who welcomed the whole group in his name, integrating our tertianship in the whole Body of the Society and of the Church.

We are: Anto, 42 year old, from Croatia; Antun, 40, Croatia; Damjan, 40, Slovenia; Elias, 44, Tanzania; Fernando, 36, Portugal; Jacques, 43, France; Barnabas, 35, Hungary; John, 45, Canada; Jozef, 41, Slovakia; Lucas, 42, China; Pascal, 41, France; Seweryn, 39, Poland. And the instructors, Jan from Nederland and Joe from Ireland.

For everyone, the first feelings in this new house are that we’ll build this new community together. First joys discovering the beauty of the landscape; First thanksgiving for each other, discovering the faces of those who are given as brothers for this year… first signs that the One who gathered us here is already fulfilling His promises.

For everyone? Not really, for Elias is still in Africa, waiting for his Visa…

 

Tuesday, the 18th

First complete day, still sunny and just a little windy.

The theme of the morning prayer was ‘be gentle with yourself’, the one of the homily (Fr Joe presided the mass) was ‘ask for wonders more than for successes’. It could be a summary of the whole program. We hope it will.

Hopes. That was the question of the day: what are our hopes, coming here, beginning the Tertianship? Each of us, even the instructors, has been able to express theirs, after a first turn to introduce oneself rapidly.

In the afternoon, more practical, a technical visit of the house and of the services, and a visit of the spiritual center, with its chapel, its library and its artworks. We’ll have to choose our service for the daily life, each of us having a part in the concrete service of the community.

First ‘Haustus’ in the evening: understand, a short informal party just to chat, meet each other… and first songs with piano, and first cithara’s sounds in the hall…. Only Elias missed it, still in Africa.

 

 

Wednesday, the 19th

As an introduction, Fr Joe has underlined in a few words the axes of the hopes for a good tertianship. Depth, integration, discernment, balanced life, knowledge about Society…  the ways to reach these objectives will be the sharing of our experiences, the reading of documents of the Society or of the Church, the reflection from our stories and from the Word of the Lord, the prayer… we’ll have to enter into the experience of the first fathers during their deliberation in Venice… so, ready for this journey of the Heart?

After the mass (Jan presided) and the lunch (perfect as usual, thanks to Tommy), in the afternoon, time to visit the town, or for a longer discovering of the nature around the house…

At the end of the afternoon, meeting with the Jesuit community of the spiritual center, followed by the dinner with them, in order to know a little about them.

In the evening, nothing special, but first readings to prepare the next sessions…

And Elias is still in Africa…

 

Thursday, the 20th

As some of us had to go in town for administrative steps, others had time to work, or not, in the house, or outside. For we’ve to organize ourselves, as if we were adults. And indeed some of us are.

Damjan presided the mass, underlining the beauty of the texts, and the perfect summary given by Luke about love, forgiveness and faith (episode of Jesus, Simon and the loving woman).

The session was in the afternoon, after a good nap and jogging and other walks… it was about communication. Playing a short drama or doing a game together, we (re)discovered the importance of the nonverbal communication, of the quality of the listening, in concrete love and respect.

In the evening happened the first cultural event, if it was one, with the projection of 3 episodes of the quite well known comic serial father Ted. After all, while a good way to progress can be to have models and try to imitate them for the best, seeing what we could become and be scared can be another way to avoid the worst…

And Elias missed it, still in Africa…

 

Friday, the 21th

Today, important session about the Autobiography of St Ignatius, animated by Stijn van den Bossche, a Dutch layman who read with us the first 3 chapters of this fundamental book, commenting them with clear, deep and tasty analysis. If we have learnt more or less about this story, not having worked it before in the same ways, in any case all of us have been moved and touched, being in presence of this radiant and beaming conversion of our funder, and following the very precise and delicate process through which the Lord taught him.

This introduction to the reading of this autobiography, that everyone will continue at his own pace, is also an important introduction of the following days, for the program will soon be the expression and the sharing of our own ways of conversion and having been taught by the Lord…

After this dense day (and the mass of Saint Matthew was celebrated by Antun), a quiet haustus for the evening was an occasion to relax, and to organize the day after, for this day being free, we had to organize it. This was made, but without Elias, still in Africa…

 

Saturday, the 22th

As decided the eve evening, the Tertians gathered at 9 for the mass in honor of Our Lady, presided by Jozef, and scattered for several activities during this free day, some practicing sport, others staying quietly at home, others trying a touristic day around Doghedan county…

Most of them gathered for lunch (first French demonstration, thank to chief Jacques, and his helper Pascal) and for dinner (second demonstration, not bad at all…). And Elias missed it, still in Africa…

A group continued the exploration of the characters of Father Ted to deepen this spiritual serial, and others spent the evening otherwise.

 

Sunday, the 23th

While one of us (John) was going to celebrate  the Eucharist in the hospital, and another (Antun) in the retreat house, close to our area, the main part of our group went to the parish for the mass, discovering it with joy.
This free day has been spent in visits, sport, music, prayer… everyone choosing his way…
The French cooks offered these days a first exotic experience of meal, with ratatouille, carbonnade, quiches, tartes aux pommes, salade au chevre chaud etc…
Each of us had to take a good hour to think about what happened in him during this first week, in order to share it tomorrow morning. Without Elias, still in Africa…