The last period: Where it appears that our Tertianship is now coming to its end…
On Thursday, the 16th May we had time in the morning for a review of the entire Tertianship, with personal integration and sharing on the program and our main learnings during this year… In the evening session entitled “living Jesuit life in the context of final vows”, we met with David Coghlan S.J., professor and writer.
Our retreat (May 8 – 15) was a good and peaceful time to integrate all the gifts we received during this year, and to continue to be shaped by the living Word of God to become more and more Companions of Jesus. Jacques left Dublin just at the beginning of the retreat, in order to accompany his family, for his mother is now seriously ill. We prayed especially for them every day during this retreat.
Most of us know now our next destinations and missions (some of us knew it from the beginning, others learned of it during the year, others very recently), and our hearts are turned toward these people we’ll meet and serve. After having received so many gifts here, we’re happy to share them with others, “helping the souls” as we have been helped.
It’s good here to thank Joe and Jan, simply but deeply. The last days are now prepared for us to collect and share this joy.
Tuesday, the 7th – Terence O’Reilly gave us a powerful and deeply inspiring session on the spiritual diary of St. Ignatius. It was a perfect introduction to our retreat we started the same evening with the Eucharist. It means that for a week until the Wednesday 15th, as we did during the long retreat in November and December, we will suspend communication with others during this time, changing our daily routine to enter a new rhythm of prayer in silence. And so we will continue to pray for each other, even more intensely.
As Monday the 6th May was a bank holiday in all of Ireland, we took advantage of the long weekend to have a break. Most of us visited the west or north of Ireland, (more…)
On Friday, the 3rd May, Pat Coyle, a former BBC journalist who now manages communications for the Irish Jesuits, animated a very dynamic and practical session about media and communications. She gave us much useful advice and suggestions, enthusiasm and hope in dealing with the media, especially with interviews. It will be part of our mission, spreading the good news by many means.
John Dardis S.J., President of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, presided at the Eucharist and celebrated the feast day of the apostles Philip and Thomas. As our tertianship nears its end, John invited us to receive our mission with a large and generous heart. During the classical haustus, Pascal’s parents thanked everyone for our good welcoming them, and offered reproductions of a homemade icon of St Ignatius and St Francis.
Monday, the 29th April – After the quite usual sharing about our reflections on the past week, Seweryn, Lucas, Antun and Pascal presented their work on part VIII of the Constitutions, helping the whole group to reflect on the qualities of our community life and its importance for the Mission. In the evening, we welcomed Pascal’s parents, who’ll spend a few days among us as guests.
Tuesday was dedicated to reflection on part IX of the Constitutions. (more…)
Friday, the 26th – Mgr. Donal Murray, retired Bishop from Limerick, animated a session on “living the priesthood”. He led us in a reflection on the biblical and Vatican II theology of priesthood and Church, offering deep insights into an ordained ministry, which serves the universal call to holiness. His deeply spiritual and theological lecture invited us to consider our concrete way of proceeding in daily pastoral tasks and in liturgy. He presided at the community Mass (more…)