We’ll be spending more or less 5 months in this hollowed place, a place we call home. A place where our desires meet with God’s desire. A place of grace.
September 24, 2015. We had a session on Embracing Transitions with Dr. Kevin Egan. This is very timely for we, tertians, are in the stage of experiencing transitions. Definitely, there is no book of instruction on how to make a successful transition for one can’t manage it but to only experience it (Bridges 2001)
Transition is the psychological and spiritual process people go through in coming to terms with change. Tertianship is more than just a period of change but an invitation to transformation. “There is a great, grave distinction between change and transformation. Change refers to adaptation, reaction, without necessarily involving any newness of being, a new creating energy flowing from the center which acts with creative power upon surrounding events. (Flora Slosson Wuellner)
Dr Egan expressed his hope for us who are in the tertianship to expereince the renewal of energy. In so doing, he also posed a challenge for us, “sometimes we need to let go to receive it back again.”
The session ended with a sharing to deepen the experience and needless to say, a sumptuous meal : burger for supper, to complete the experience
Today, we had an encounter/interaction with the Jesuits of the Manresa House Community. Our right next door neighbor and is led by their rector, Fr. Mike Drennan, SJ.
It was very edifying in knowing Jesuits who devoted their lives faithfully to the mission of the Society of Jesus in Ireland. We got to know their apostolates and other apostolates where the Jesuits in this country are into, living out the Gospel for the greater glory of God. The English speaking Tertianship in Europe is in Ireland and it’s good to know the Jesuits and their apostolates so as to better understand and appreciate the beauty and significance of this place.
Truly we speak the same language (Ignatian) in spite of the differences. This is the universal Society. Friends in the Lord.