Building up from the Root

Building up from the Root

Someone describes Tertianship as a process of re-founding the Society.
Truly, it is! And we have been experiencing this in the past two weeks.
We started working and reflecting on the Formulas of the Institute of the Society of Jesus, the Constitutions and General Congregations. The sapiential reading of these important documents helped us understand better about the original spirit of the Society of Jesus and the living tradition that went through more than 470 years’ practice under different circumstances. By getting back to the root and building up on the foundation, we hope to be better equipped to carry out our mission today in a more authentic Ignatian way.

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As a matter of fact, the Jesuit characteristics, never merely listed in the Constitutions, are manifested in the Society as a body and in each individual Jesuit’s life. This is why the two Jesuits’ sharing, in different day, of their personal stories in the Society have touched all of us deeply. In their narratives, we recognized our common and shared experience and charism.

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Fr Finbarr Lynch sharing his life story with Tertians

From Heart to Root

From Heart to Root

“Sharing from Heart” marked the second week of our Tertianship program, which was such an experience that allowed us to revisit our Jesuit life from deferent prospective, and helped us continue to learn from the past and from one another. The sharing also serves each tertian to know others deeper in a personal way.

After a rather heavy week, the group had a three-day pilgrimage to Glendalough, visiting the roots of Christianity in Ireland. We are impressed by the early Irish monastic tradition, a brief history of Irish Catholic Church and the Celtic spirituality.

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The entrance to the ancient monastery site

 

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St Kevin’s Church

 

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At the end of the third week, Tertianship group held a‘At Home’ in Cardoner House. About 12 Jesuits from nearby communities of Irish province joined us to attend the lecture on the Society of Jesus in ZIM and MDG Provinces. A good evening, indeed.

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‘At Home’