Dynamic approach

Dynamic approach

Pat CoyleA day before our short retreat we hosted Pat Coyle, the Communications Offices for the Irish province. Her dynamic approach, and the glimpse she gave us into  “into the journalist’s head” were greatly appreciated. Through numerous examples we progressively understood more clearly that knowing something academically doesn’t necessarily guarantee successful communication.  (more…)

Essential tools

Essential tools

Nick Austin SJOne of the last conferences before starting the retreat was ‘in house’.
Nick Austin shared with us his work on one of the essential tools of Ignatian Spirituality, the Examen of Conscience. His main concern is how to find the balance between reflection on spiritual experience, representing a more passive and interior element, and  practice as an active side of the spirituality.

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Church today by Gerry

Church today by Gerry

On Thursday 8th of May our guest was Gerry O’Hanlon SJ. As a systematic theologian, Gerry shared with us some of his thoughts about the Church today, in Ireland and elsewhere.  His down to earth insights helped us to broaden our perspective on the Church and its mission in the world.  He set Pope Francis’s approach to reform in a clearer light.  We felt strengthened in our belief that the Spirit continues to be at work in the Church as a whole, and renewed in our desire to attend to the Spirit in our lives and concrete situations and missions.

Terence O’Reilly between us

On Thursday, 5th May, we hosted Terence O’Reilly, a scholar from the University of Cork and a specialist on16th Century Spanish literature. Terence had kindly prepared some lectures specifically for our Tertianship.  During the day, he shared with us some of his discoveries about the sources from which Ignatius drew in order to understand his own spiritual experiences. It was a carousel of Spanish and Latin authors and we were fascinated by the attention with which he managed to retrace back to their origins some of the expressions that we might consider today deeply “Ignatian”.  (more…)
The Tertians arrived back

The Tertians arrived back

arrival_mThe Tertians arrived back in Cardoner House on Easter Monday: some of us quite early, but others rather late. We came from far and near. Steve arrived back from his time at Clongowes Wood College, although more immediately from his trip to Lesotho. George returned from Moyross, Limerick; Nick from Belfast; Attila and Hector from Scotland; Greg from Brussels; Chris from Munich; Stefano from Malta; Adko and MIrek from Armenia; Primoz from La Reunion, and Elémer from as far away as Nepal. (more…)

Society today

Society today

Antoine Kerhuel SJ

Last week we were blessed with the visit of Antoine Kerhuel, Fr. General’s Assistant for Western Europe. He described how the beginning of Pope Francis’s pontificate has inspired the Society of Jesus to follow Ignatius’s charism even more faithfully, and encouraged Jesuits in their efforts to live ‘for the greater glory of God’. (more…)