The last period: where it appears that tertianship roots mission in depth and opens a way of contemplating God’s glory in everything, in light of the Resurrection…

reflectionMonday, the 1st of April

During the long experiment, from January the 17th to March the 30th, we were scattered. Today is the day to gather again in Dublin. By car, boat, plane, we all travelled to come back here. The joy of Easter gave its light for these encounters, and everyone was happy to meet the others again. At night, everyone was at home, and Jan and Joe could sleep in peace.. or not, for they now had to work again…

Tuesday, the 2nd

As during this week, we needed time to rest, some of us having had long travels, other being simply tired after 10 weeks of work in various demanding ministries… So this day was consecrated to enjoying rest, and to rediscovering our common house (and Tommy’s food again), St. Anne’s Park and Bull Island with a wonderful sun and blue sky (a new experience for most of us, who had to endure the bad weather until Easter), to reading letters, e-mails and so…

Of course, we started again our common prayer with the celebration of the Eucharist, enriched by so many experiences we had during these weeks, and gently radiant in this Octave of Easter…

Wednesday, the 3rd

As everyone could imagine, after such a long experience, we needed time now to reflect on it. An introduction to this reflection proposed several ways to reflect on what happened in us and through us during our experiments, especially five good questions: What were our hopes before going there? How did our experiments change us as human beings? What were the moments of anxiety? What were the consolations? What are the questions remaining now for our own lives?

Joe gave us also a good overview of the program for the remaining seven weeks we’ll have here together.  Then we spent the day reflecting on our experiences…

Thursday, the 4th

After this reflection, we spent time sharing among us.  Each of us had thirty minutes to talk about our experiment.  So we travelled together, from Ireland to Armenia, from Italy to Belgium, from La Reunion to Scotland… but also, from basic service in the kitchen for homeless people to pastoral activities like preaching, giving lectures or retreats, hearing confessions; from an orphanage to a hospital; from parishes to networking attempts… six of us shared on this day, the other six waiting for the following day …

Friday, the 5th

So we continued to travel through our sharing; in fact, we travelled like the disciples of Emmaus, discovering how the Lord accompanied us during this placement, and how He transformed us through the others, and the others through us… the real trip was in the heart, and each of us could see the deep links between this practical experience and the long retreat, the same Lord continuing His work in us…

We welcomed Fr Peter Bujko SJ, the provincial of Slovakia (and by the way, of Jozef), who’ll stay here till Monday…

And as usual on Friday, we had an haustus, particularly thanks to various exotic products coming from our placements…

Saturday, the 6th

To finish this week of transition, we spent the day in rest and hence, in various activities. While the daily services started again during this week, let us mention that Jacques cooked and shared with flavors from La Reunion…

Sunday, the 7th

To end the Easter octave, we participated in our usual Sunday ministries, meeting again the communities we had missed during the placement, and Pascal cooked paschal lamb…