Dear brothers and sisters, friends and family members,
We the Tertians at the European Tertianship in Dublin kindly ask for your prayers as we make our month long retreat, following the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, from 19 November to 20 December 2020.
Thank you very much and be assured of our own prayers for you all during this blessed time.
Dear brothers and sisters, friends and family members,
Week 9: 16 – 22 November
16th Nov to 22nd Nov
Our sharing this Monday morning was about the process each of us underwent when writing our autobiographies.
We then had a couple of sessions on proximate preparation for the month retreat. Tom did the annotations to the Exercises. Paul facilitated a discussion on what personally are we looking for in the Exercises. One of the strongest points to emerge was – ‘we all hope to let God take over and do as he will.’
On 19th Nov evening we began the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. This eventually for each tertian, in a unique way, turned out to be a time of grace and blessing.
23rd Nov to 29th Nov
30th Nov to 6th Dec
7th Dec to 13th Dec
14th Dec to 20th Dec
9th Nov to 15th Nov
The week began with our reflections on the previous week.
We then moved into a beautiful round of sharing by each tertian on his life story. Each person was allotted an hour to speak, and the sharing could be done in creative ways. The sharings were frank and heartfelt. It was a very enriching exercise.
We then moved into a round of sharing (for half an hour) something about each of our provinces. This too turned out to be an informative and enlightening exercise.
One evening after supper, some of the guys watched parts 5 and 6 of the movie – Teresa de Jesus.
We are now in close proximity of the month’s retreat. All seem to be geared towards making the retreat a special moment of grace.
2nd Nov to 8th Nov
The week began with the usual personal reflections. It is interesting to see how each one is being guided by God so uniquely these days.
All Souls day – Most watched the movie ‘Coco’, one evening after supper. This was a film set in Mexico and was based on ‘El dia de los muertos.’ The title track really captured thespirit of the movie – ‘Remember me.’ This theme on remembrances really blended in with the remembrance the tertians are busy with these days concerning their own past lives. The tertians continue to work on their autobiography.
Paul presented to us chapter 2 of the Constitutions on ‘Dismissal.’ It was followed by an engaging discussion. Paul highlighted the Society’s great emphasis on ‘charity’ towards the individual Jesuit who is dismissed.
Tom took a very moving session on the life and legacy of Pedro Arrupe. He showed us a film on Arrupe which really brought out well what Arrupe was about. This was followed by a little input on inspirational bits concerning Arrupe and some sharing.
Paul gave us an overview of Vatican II and also the General Congregations 31 to 35. This session was brief but really enlightening. Paul pointed out major trends emerging in the post conciliar Church and in the Society. It showed us a glimpse into our recent history and also a way forward in the years to come.
Mark Ravizza and the UAPs – We had two exceptionally good days with Mark Ravizza. He dwelt (via zoom of course) on the spirit of the UAPs and how they form part of the fabric of our present day lives as Jesuits. His sessions were interactive; it involved actually praying and in that prayerful spirit pondering what God is calling us to be today. We also had a round of Spiritual Conversations which was found to be very deep and prayerfully insightful.
One evening after supper, some of the guys watched parts 3 and 4 of the movie – Teresa de Jesus.
Week 6: 26 October- 1 November
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.
19th to 25th Oct
The week began with the regular Monday morning sharing.
Much of this week was devoted to the study of the Constitutions. We began with the Formula of the Institute, then moved on to the General Examen, and then to part VII (the core of the Constitutions). Paul gave us topics for presentation. The presentations will be next week.
On 21st Oct we had a very crucial session on Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, by Saoirse Fox, the safeguarding manager working for the Irish province. It was on zoom. She alerted us to the essentials concerning ethical ministry today, and the protocol in place for all who work in Ireland. She said she hoped to come again someday for a discussion and sharing in person.
This week we also received our Faculty for ministry – from Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.
Gerry Clark, an Irish Jesuit at Gardiner street parish shared with us via zoom, his life experiences. His was quite a frank and moving story. One of his striking lines was, when he felt challenged in life to “tell it as it is.”
Vlasto Dufka, a Slovak Jesuit, enthralled us with his session in Liturgy, and especially Liturgical music. He played sample chants which we were able to learn and probably take to our masses too.
The tertianship Website has been updated by Julian and can now be accessed at https://tertianship.eu/
Haustus this weekend was full of song (oldies and latest chartbusters) with all six wise men singing to the rhythm of the guitar.
Adoration on Sunday night was a very peaceful time. Julian exposed the Blessed sacrament and gave the final blessing.