This week Brendan Callaghan from the British Province was our guest. For two days he helped us to continue to reflect on the religious vows, in this case that of chastity. As well as some input on psycho-sexual development and maturity, we also considered some ‘case studies’ relevant to the celibate life. Being in a circle of good friends, with Brendan’s gentle wisdom, we found ourselves in a good context to deepen our understanding of the vow of chastity in its contemplative, relational and apostolic dimensions.
At the beginning of this week, we hosted Brian O’Leary SJ, an Irish Jesuit who has dedicated a good part of his life to the study of the Jesuit Constitutions. Brian pointed out the centrality of Mission to Jesuit spirituality: although this is only the theme of Part VII of the Constitutions, it is really the fulcrum around which everything else revolves. Brian described this difficult text as a ‘spiritual classic’ and invited us (more…)
Despite some pretty stormy weather, Mirek, Stefano, Hector and George enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Jesuit community in Galway City and had the opportunity to visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher as well as parts of Connemara.
As we finished the Spiritual Exercises, Christmas was waiting for us, which we spent with the community of Manresa Retreat House. On the evening of Christmas Day we gathered together for a community Mass and then had dinner together, prepared by our chef Paul. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was just as good. Later we spent the evening around the Christmas tree socializing with the odd drink, great conversation and music.
Sr. Anne Codd stayed with us the entire day (November 6), inviting us to reflect on our process of learning. Learning can be seen as an experience, but in order to be respected as such, we are supposed to look deeper and consider more dimensions of that learning event, like surrounding, temperature, odour or sounds. It is getting in touch with what we are passionate about that will enable us find a proper motivation to put in life what we learned.
Paddy’s Greene SJ session (October 31) on dreams was without any doubt one of the most interesting until now. With conviction and clear expression, he managed to convince us about the importance of the dreams for our spiritual and personal development and growth. His observation that the Western civilisation seems to be the only one that forgot about the significance of the dreams, while the Bible is full of occasions on which God reveals himself through dreams helped us consider dreams more seriously and we might as well finish up by founding a dream sharing group among the Tertians.