2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
We finished up our eight days of silent retreat and closed out the final lectures. Fr. John Dardis made his final visit to us as the European Tertianship for 2016-2017 drew to a close. The overwhelming feeling was of gratitude for the program and the opportunity to be pupils in this “school of the heart” while feeling the pull of our missions that await us. We are indebted to all who have made this possible, especially our benefactors, Frs. Paul Pace and Jan van de Poll, and the Jesuits in Dublin.
Saint Ignatius envisioned the Companions of Jesus as a body with diverse members, spread out to bring the Name of the Lord to the whole world. Staying true to this vision, the tertians have packed what little we need and set out. Please pray for us, for the Society, and for all those to whom we will minister. And may the peace of Our Lord be with you all.
After spending ten weeks out on our experiments, tertians have all returned to Dublin, safe and sound. We were in Armenia, Iraq, Malta, Scotland, Hungary, Wales, Belgium, Albania, Italy, Kosovo, and even just down the road in Dublin. We brought back many experiences and the stories to go with them, so naturally the first days back were spent sharing lessons learned and graces received.
Still feeling the metabolism boost from working in the apostolate, we returned to lectures as usual on topics like the virtues of a good Jesuit, lay collaboration, recent history of the Society of Jesus, psychology and spiritual development, spiritual direction, and more on the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. The presenters were from various backgrounds: lay and religious, local and imported. They all did a wonderful job.
These last weeks of the tertianship look a lot like the first, at least from the outside. We continue with our regular diet of Masses, classes, and jovial repasses over our lives as Jesuits thus far. But we know that this is near the end of the latest chapter in our Jesuit formation and the last formal one. A spirit of gratefulness is palpable, but so is a readiness to tackle our next assignments with the grace of God.
Soon, we will enter our annual eight-day silent retreat, so these photos from our experiments should entertain until the final post from this group of tertians. Please pray for us!