This week, September 29 to October 3, 2015, we’ll be sharing our stories from the Heart. Today the tertians are reminded of an expression which Pope Francis repeats continually when he encounters seminarians. Though we are no longer in the initial formation but nonetheless it speaks about a reality that we are going through in tertianship. It is a concept permeated with the wisdom and the concern of a father: Forming the Heart.
“The expression entails something profound, tied to a biblical concept of the first order. God speaks to the heart, and man responds from the deepest core of his personality, that is to say, from his heart. ” (Taken from A Vision of Priestly Formation in the Light of the Words and Actions of Pope Francis)
Forming the heart, in our context and at this initial stage of our tertianship, is to allow ourselves to be in touch with our feelings, to wrestle with it, to name it so as we can transcend and gain more interior freedom so as we can be witnesses of God’s love and hope to other people.
Yes, sharing one’s feeling can be daunting for we are used to being celebral but with openness, respect and acceptance, we can grow more as a person in the community, journeying together in this life called FORMATIVE PILGRIMAGE.
European Tertianship in Dublin 2015-16. With Fr. John Dardis, former Provincial of the Irish Province (HIB), has been appointed as President of the Conference of European Provincials since January 2010. Together with our tertian instructors, Jan and Paul.
We’ll be spending more or less 5 months in this hollowed place, a place we call home. A place where our desires meet with God’s desire. A place of grace.
September 24, 2015. We had a session on Embracing Transitions with Dr. Kevin Egan. This is very timely for we, tertians, are in the stage of experiencing transitions. Definitely, there is no book of instruction on how to make a successful transition for one can’t manage it but to only experience it (Bridges 2001)
Transition is the psychological and spiritual process people go through in coming to terms with change. Tertianship is more than just a period of change but an invitation to transformation. “There is a great, grave distinction between change and transformation. Change refers to adaptation, reaction, without necessarily involving any newness of being, a new creating energy flowing from the center which acts with creative power upon surrounding events. (Flora Slosson Wuellner)
Dr Egan expressed his hope for us who are in the tertianship to expereince the renewal of energy. In so doing, he also posed a challenge for us, “sometimes we need to let go to receive it back again.”
The session ended with a sharing to deepen the experience and needless to say, a sumptuous meal : burger for supper, to complete the experience