26th Oct to 1st Nov
Winter is setting in and it is beginning to get colder here in Dublin. The leaves on trees are changing colour and then later falling away. This transition has not gone unnoticed. See the adjoining photograph captured by Roman. While pondering nature the tertians do try to notice the transitions that take place within them as well.
We began the week with our reflections on the previous week and presentations on the Constitutions. Michele spoke on the Formula of the Institute, Roman on the criteria involved in choosing a candidate (General Examen), Lukas and Julian on chapters 1 and 2 of part VII (Mission), Eugene and Learoy on chapter four of part VII and chapter 3 of the book of John O’Malley (The First Jesuits). All the presentations were engrossing and stirred reflection and sharing.
During this week we also had a session on Discernment, done by Tom. Besides input he also got us to ponder the Rules for Discernment, pray for a short while, and then share insights and points that moved each one. It turned out to be a reflective exercise.
Seamus O’Connor, an Irish diocesan priest, took for us an engaging session in Lectio Divina. He guided us through his adaptation of the steps involved in Lectio Divina. His entire session was prayer, interspersed with reading of scripture, praying, applying the text to one’s life and noticing God speak through it all.
Friday Haustus has continued to stir up laughter and conversations on a variety of topics.
All Saints day (1st Nov) – we celebrated the day with a lovely Eucharist, and with the wine sent to Lukas from the President of the Jesuit school where he worked in Chicago.
This weekend some of the Tertians watched the first two parts of the film series on Teresa de Jesus (the life of Teresa of Avila) in Spanish. All found it really enthralling to see her life’s moving story come alive on screen.