Personal Integration

Personal Integration

david_coghlan_sjThe 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.

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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.

 

30 Days in the Spiritual Exercises

30 Days in the Spiritual Exercises

The great retreat: Where it appears that Tertianship is now coming to its own heart…

From the 19th of November to the 20th of December, we will live the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We will keep silent during this time in order to pray more intensively and to hear better the Word of our Lord. To be removed from usual occupations (internet, mail, conversations, activities…) will help us to enter this internal world, wherein our Lord lives and meets us. That is why we will suspend this blog for four weeks, as we will do with our personal communications. From now on, all of the adventure will be on the inside! The link between us will be by prayer only, but indeed this is the most powerful link we can experience. Through silence and prayer, our communion will be even deeper… Over the next thirty days, we would appreciate your prayers for us retreatants as well as for our tertian instructors, Fr. Joe Dargan and Fr. Jan van de Poll. We assure you of our prayers…

Anto, Antun, Barnabas, Damjan, Elias, Fernando, Jacques, John, Jozef, Lucas, Pascal, Seweryn

Preparation for the Retreat

Preparation for the Retreat

Thursday, the 15th The morning sessions were spent sharing about the exercise of our autobiography: how we experienced reflecting on our own story, writing it, sharing it with an instructor, and sharing it with the group. We also reflected on what we might do with this exercise in the future. And so… Then Antun presided at Mass, and the rest of the day was free.

Friday, the 16th The morning sessions gave us, through Jan and Joe, some fundamental awareness and some very practical information in order to prepare for the great retreat, and to enter it with more benefits. We also gave each other information about where we will do our placements from the middle of January to the end of March. (More information about the placements will be given later.) Barnabas presided at Mass, and we had as usual our haustus. But this time, after organizing the break that we will have after Christmas, we started an animated karaoke in various languages…

Saturday, the 17th A day of rest as usual, but let us mention the Croatian cook Anto, and an improvised haustus around Tamas Forrai S.J., the Hungarian provincial who visited us this evening, and a good surprise: French cheese!

Sunday, the 18th As usual on Sunday: pastoral celebrations and rest. Barnabas cooked, and French cheese added a festive touch to this last spoken supper.