Thursday, the 4th

This morning, we had a session on the European dimension of the Society, animated by Dermot O’Connor, the socius (or assistant) to John Dardis, president of the European conference. It was a good opportunity for each of us to discover, or at least enlarge, his knowledge of interprovincial collaboration on our continent. Dermot invited us to widen our understanding of the Jesuit mission, a larger perspective that is linked to a  “pilgrim attitude” that is truly Ignatian.

The feast of St. Francis of Assisi, with a Mass presided by Lucas, gives us an occasion to speak a bit about animals. We met many deer and goats in the mountains of Glendalough and we often see horses, cows and sheep in the Irish countryside. Even in local parks, many squirrels play very freely. On Bull Island, just outside Manresa retreat house, various protected species of birds fly gracefully above the sea, enriching the contemplation of walkers … and today seven seals were spotted sunning themselves on the beach! We hope they will return for Elias’ arrival …