Seamus O’Connell, a professor of scripture from Maynooth Seminary, introduced us to Lectio divina, a profound and simple reading of scripture rooted in the Benedictine tradition. The lecture was more pastoral than technical, and the entire session was really more practical than theoretical. We did two long exercises, reading the text, meditating upon it, sharing prayers linked to our own lives, and contemplating what the text was telling us. (more…)
We continued the sessions with Antoine and Barnabas presided at the Mass, introducing us to the contemplation of a funnel during the homily! In the evening, Pat Nolan, a layman very close to the Society, shared his life and experience, showing us a wonderful pilgrimage in life and the powerful impact of the Spiritual Exercises on his life of service and engagement. (more…)
Seventh period: where it appears that tertianship is founded on the Word of the Lord
The presence among us of Antoine Kerhuel, Assistant of Father General, opened us to the universal dimension of the Society, and gave us a larger point of view of our life and our questions. By his lectures, and the simple dialogue we had with him, he helped us to enter the deepest questions at work in the Body of the Society, and gave a clear account of the way they work in Rome for the good of the Whole Body. Antoine presided at the Eucharist. The rest of the day was spent, as usual, on personal work.
Saturday, the 27th – Sunday, the 28th
An intercontinental cooking team, John and Elias, offered us some creative dinners this weekend. On this 30th Sunday of ordinary time, let us simply mention Antoine’s safe arrival and his first visit to local seals during a good hike along the seashore…
Watch the beautiful group of seals on this Pascal´s video:
After a last presentation with Barnabas, Elias and Fernando about our mission and priorities today, we had time to deepen some questions about the Constitutions. The Mass was presided by Anto. A special evening meeting prepared us for the coming of Antoine Kerhuel, s.j., Assistant for Western Europe. After a brief video presenting an interview of our Father General Adolfo Nicolas, s.j. by John Dardis, s.j., we shared and wrote the questions we wanted to ask Antoine. The traditional haustus concluded the day and this quite busy week.