Week 17: 11-17 Jan

We started the week with two days on The Affective Life: An Attachment Perspective. We were guided by a lady (psychologist) from Malta called Clarissa Sammut. She came across as a lovely person; warm, affectionate, and keenly interested in our Jesuit lives and in our growth as individuals and as a corporate body. The sessions were a mix of theory and practice. We drew our Genograms (family trees) and based on that pondered aspects connected to intimacy and attachments. It was a very relevant and well conducted programme. 

11th Jan was the last day for us to go over to Manresa for lunch. We thanked the community during the meal. On 11th Jan we also received the news of the demise of Fr Connla O’Dulaine, an Irish Jesuit. We offered a mass for him. 

We watched a delightful movie called, A Prairie Home Companion (2006). It had music, laughter, some below the belt stuff too☺, but overall a deep spiritual message concerning life and how we are called to live it graciously and with attention to each moment. 

On Wednesday we carried on with our discernment on the experiments. We met in two sessions, and it seemed that most felt we could end the organized programmes of tertianship earlier (probably by March 14th) and then leave for experiments either in Dublin or elsewhere. Paul the next day gave us an updated plan for the final weeks of the tertianship.

In the evening we watched a documentary called The New Dream Team.

On Thursday Tom did a session on Adapting the Sp Exercises. He shared adaptations of his own down the years. He got us to recall and ponder how we have been adapting the Exercises in our own contexts.

At 1:30 pm (14th Jan) all had a slightly rushed lunch in order to attend a half-hour online prayer service for Fr Stan Swamy SJ (RAN) and others who have been in jail now for 100 days. Fr General, Arturo Sosa, made a special prayer for him and also thanked God for this moment which challenges the rest of us to be true to our own Jesuit calling. He said that this was a great opportunity for us to renew and revitalize our own personal calling.

On Friday, Fr Michael Holman, an English Jesuit, guided us in a discussion on the Jesuit Priesthood. The session was very well appreciated. Michael blended personal experience with points from GC34 to give us a very balanced yet inspiring account of the Jesuit priest today.