21st Dec to 27th Dec
For Christmas mass on 24th night and for lunch on the 25th we joined the Manresa community. This was live on zoom for a few people who are in regular touch with the retreat house. The mass was celebrated by Fr Mike Drennan. His short reflection was directed towards us all noticing Christ’s birth in the world today, especially in situations that need urgent attention. He urged us to live the spirit of Christmas.
Before the mass we sang carols just outside the retreat house. A number of people from the neighbourhood gathered to hear us sing. It was a lovely moment with them. And this was a first here at Manresa.
Lots else happened during the Christmas week and the week that followed:
- The tertians travelled to Glendalough on 23rd Dec on a cold rainy morning. The place was beautiful though.
- The tertians (a few days earlier) also visited Ardgillan castle, the National gallery of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, and a few other locations. Lukas in particular was delighted to see the famous painting of Caravaggio at the National gallery. This painting was previously held in a Jesuit house in Dublin, and is now loaned indefinitely to the museum.
- One day the tertians together cleaned the kitchen too.
- Some of the tertians’ families and friends sent them sweets and other goodies for Christmas.
- Some of the tertians became chefs for a day – Michele made some lovely Tiramisu for the community. Lukas cooked steak for the community. This was much appreciated.
- We watched movies too during this period – Wolfwalkers (at Manresa house), Soul, and Dunkirk
- We watched a music festival on TV of Irish performers performing traditional Irish songs.
- We started having our noon meal with the Manresa community. This arrangement will carry on for some time. This has been an excellent chance to mingle with the retreat house community and talk with them about their ministry and other things.