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.
On Thursday, the 18th
April the Provincial superior of the Irish Jesuits, Fr. Tom Layden, S.J., came to meet with the tertians. He presided at the community Mass and joined us afterwards for lunch. The morning program prepared by the tertians was dedicated to the topic of Obedience in the Society of Jesus. Jozef, Anto, Barnabas and Fernando presented the fruits of their reading and reflection before inviting all to a personal reflection, prayer and sharing on our own experience of obedience.
Monday, the 15th – We started our common work this week with a sharing from the heart, a personal reflection on the last two weeks since the return from our placements. After this harvest, Jan gave an introduction to Part X of the Constitutions.
Tuesday morning was devoted to an historical analysis of the suppression and restoration of the Society which happened two centuries ago. Our fellow tertian John and our neighbour Todd Morrissey sj presented the facts, and also the causes and effects of these events, while Jan presented the life of Fr de Cloriviere, a French Jesuit whose life was a bridge between the two periods of the Society. These historical lectures helped us enter a reflection for nowadays, with five questions asked by our Father General (more…)
Monday, the 7th January
We had first a sharing about the learnings so far in tertianship and the challenges of our experiment, in order to welcome more deeply the changes in our lives that the Lord offered us during the long retreat. Then we received a lecture by Joe about the meaning of the experiments in our formation. (more…)
Thursday, the 20th of December
We finish the great retreat this morning. We have to reenter the daily life and its rhythm, after the long experience of silence and prayer, and to collect the fruits of this experience. Jacques will join his family for 2 days, for the burial of his grandmother. We pray with him and for him.
Friday, the 21st
We have a personal time to collect the first impressions of this retreat, and to share with others the fruits we can name at this stage. To prepare a more complete review of our great retreat, we are helped by precise questions, in order to collect the main fruits we received from God during these blessed days. We join the Manresa spiritual center team (more…)