We had our Monday morning sharing. We then moved into a round of Sharing from the Heart. Each one shared a significant incident from his life. All others then gave him feedback based on that sharing and based on what feelings got stirred within while listening. It was a very rich exercise and lasted through the week.
By the end of this week we had completed 14 days of restricted movement. So an outing was planned. Paul and Tom took us first to Howth and a couple of other places. The tertians then took some time off to visit places in Dublin.
By the end of this week we were also give our house jobs. The job distribution was as follows:
Tommy’s contact person – Lukas Treasurer/ Shopping etc – Michele House jobs coordinator – Roman Handyman/ Cars – Eugenijus Sacristy – Learoy Laundry – Julian Historia Domus – Learoy Webmaster/ Computers – Julian Bikes and Bike shed – Eugenijus Recycling – Lukas Plants/ Library/ Newspapers – Roman Guestmaster – Michele
Other jobs are allotted on a weekly basis. They are: Sanitising door handles, Dining Room mgmt., Drying the dishes, House cleaning, and dish washing in the kitchen.
Week 1 21st Sept to 27th Sept 2020 We are living amidst unprecedented times, with the COVID-related pandemic having affected the lives of millions of people the world over. Here at the tertianship too we shared in a small way the hardships that many others have faced. As many as eight tertians could not arrive here because of visa and travel related issues in their respective countries. Finally we were six wise men (including one from the east☺) who made it here in time for the start of this school of the heart.
By 21st Sept, all the tertians had arrived. The six tertians are:
We are grateful to God for the gift of excellent guides in the form of Frs Paul Pace and Tom McGuinness. They’ve put together an excellent programme, and have meticulously seen to the preparation of the place here. Our thanks goes out also to the Jesuit community on campus and the Manresa retreat House staff for being such gracious hosts. We’re grateful also to Tommy and Jacinta who do a great job with the cooking.
The first 14 days were to be days of restricted movements in keeping with the COVID guidelines laid down by the Irish government and as adhered to by Manresa house.
On 21st Sept we began with supper, community mass celebrated by Paul, and then haustus. The next morning after a round of introductions we shared our hopes for this tertianship year. Fr Franck Janin, President of the European Jesuit Conference, said a word of welcome via zoom and shared some of his own hopes and joys that connect with this lovely stage of formation. He referred to the tertianship as ‘one big EXAMEN’.
On 23rd Sept Paul briefed us about the days ahead, including mention about the Monday morning session where each tertian would be required to share his reflections on the previous week. Common rules concerning house affairs were discussed, and some household jobs were assigned.
On 23rd Sept Paul dealt with the topic, ‘What is Tertianship.’ He spoke of the spirit of tertianship, and its vision. He then outlined the broad purpose as well as the component parts of the tertianship year.
We then started our reading of the Autobiography of Ignatius. This would connect with our own life’s autobiography. Tom later gave us a template which had points for reflection on our life’s journey, and which could become material for sharing with our spiritual guides.
On 24th Sept we had an excellent session on TRANSITIONS by Fr Richard Ebejer SDB. Most tertians found this session really thought-provoking, timely and relevant to their lives. We watched the movie, The Lion King, that evening. We watched many quite a few movies in the days that followed including Ignatius de Loyola and Eurovision. For our daily Eucharist – the tertians and tertian masters take turns to celebrate the daily mass.
Lord, show me your ways. Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ