On the Feast of the Epiphany, we reflect:
When we do not see Jesus, fear comes in because we see our own ghosts instead, especially the one that wants to control things.
Today, January 6, 2016, we had a conference on how to give the Spiritual Exercises and it was facilitated by our tertian instructors: Jan and Paul. It was not a walk in the park experience even though most of us have countless of experiences in giving the Exercises and we ourselves, just had our 2nd 30-day retreat last December. We slowly discuss point by point on the salient parts of Exercises, listen to one another’s experiences, observations, consolations and desolations, to deepen more our understanding of the Exercises.
“Only those who have seen the Lord can open their real treasures. And one offers them beyond one’s self. Treasures without the Lord are vices meant to be consumed selfishly.” We savoured this personally during the “second week” of our 30-day retreat.
The Exercises indeed, calls each Jesuit to gaze upon Jesus and to grow in His love so as we can be more free to say “yes” to His loving invitation.
“Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.”