As the tertians leaving one by one…going back to their respective provinces after 8 months of consoling formation in Cardoner House Jesuit Tertianship in Dublin, Ireland, the song Times of Your Life kept ringing in my head. This is a popular song and advertisement jingles made famous in 1970’s by a Canadian singer, Paul Anka.
Kodak made a wonderful and nostalgic commercial in 1975 using this said song and it became one of the most memorable TV commercials of all time. You can watch the video by clicking HERE.
The lyrics of the song is so meaning and it reminds me somehow of the Examen on why we need to pause, reflect and pray.
Good morning, yesterday
You wake up and time has slipped away
And suddenly it’s hard to find
The memories you left behind
Remember, do you remember?
Gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?
Though it’s kinda sad to see your brother Jesuit whom you spent together in tertianship leave Dublin one by one but the memories we made, the friendship we forge and the shared consolation, passion and vision will make us one for the Mission…all for the greater glory of God.
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I made a simple and rough video just to help us remember this one great hella experience in our Jesuit life.
You can watch the video in youtube by clicking HERE.
Remember the tree planting ceremony we had yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cardoner Tertianship House, The event is also dedicated to our 2 great mentors, brothers, formators who journeyed with us for about 8 months.
Here is the dedication:
Jan and Paul,
Our deep gratitude for your fraternal and inspired companionship that has helped our incorporation in the Society. May this tree in commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the European Tertianship be a lasting and growing testimony of your dedication.
Dublin, on the 20th of May 2016
European Tertianship 2016
Paul Pace, SJ
Jan Van de Poll, SJ
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This year, Cardoner Tertianship House in Dublin celebrates its 10th year anniversary. 10 years of forming Jesuits. To make this event extra meaningful, to remind us of this great endeavor and to encourage us to be more zealous and faithful to our mission, the community had a tree planting ceremony with John Dardis. John Dardis, SJ is the president of Conference of European Provincials. He celebrated the farewell mass then had the final blessing on the site where we planted the “Cardoner Tree.”
Jan Van de Poll, SJ, our instructors and our chef, Tommy led the tree planting. Jan and Tommy have been with the program since it started in in 2006. They are living witnesses of Jesuit formation in this house.
Ignatio on the experience of the movement from being on top of the tower – narcissism to the opposite, self-depleted
As we move towards the end of our tertianship, we are blessed to two great speakers who somewhat synthesized the whole process of our Jesuit formation here in Cardoner House. Last May 5, 2016, Fr. Ignatio Bone gave a remarkable talk on on Jesuit formation and personal growth. Though he made it clear that there is no single prescriptive developmental theory that would explain the whole process of formation, hence, he only presented some insights and thought that might enlighten us to reflect more about oneself and move towards the process of integration.
Though the whole process reminds me of Maryanne Williamson’s quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
We ended the week by having a talk with Terencee O’Reily on St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises. Terence is an emeritus professor of University College Cork on Spanish and Portuguese Studies. He delivered a very scholarly presentation on the said topic which made me objectively look, read and reflect on one of the most important books of the Society. He spoke about the Exercises belonging to two worlds, the old and the present. Those rules were somewhat controversial during the reformation and used during the counter-reformation and it’s good to reflect on to what extent do they speak to us now, today.
Terence O’Reily on the Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises.
Lord, grant that I may see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly.
Spiritual Exercises §104