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The Long Experiment: Pure in Heart

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: For the Greater Glory of God A great way of unwinding on experiment after the hectic days at the Peter McVerry Trust drop-in centre and the Gardiner St Parish Novena of Grace was to attend Pure in Heart. Pure in Heart is a weekly prayer meeting for young Catholics based in Dublin… Continue reading The Long Experiment: Pure in Heart

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The Long Experiment: Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier SJ

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: For the Greater Glory of God While my primary placement during my recent novitiate experiment in Dublin was to spend time at the Peter McVerry Trust drop-in centre, I also had an extremely formative experience by being involved in the local Jesuit parish: St Francis Xavier SJ, Gardiner St. Here, under… Continue reading The Long Experiment: Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier SJ

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The Long Experiment: Working with Men and Women who are Homeless at the Peter McVerry Trust

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: For the Greater Glory of God My first day at the Peter McVerry Trust ‘Streets to Home’ drop-in centre was a microcosm of many things that were to come over the following three months. It was intense, I was out of my comfort zone and I found my decision to enter religious… Continue reading The Long Experiment: Working with Men and Women who are Homeless at the Peter McVerry Trust

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The Long Experiment: An Introduction

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: For the Greater Glory of God We novices are currently back in Birmingham, embarking on our next six weeks of studies following a hectic few months of experiments and then a variety of Holy Week and Easter-related commitments. Having the time to slow down, reflect and write has been precious and… Continue reading The Long Experiment: An Introduction

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Podcast: Jesuit Novice Interviewed on Experiment

In this interview  with Pat Coyle from Irish Jesuit Communications, Christopher Brolly nSJ speaks about his reason for joining the Jesuits and he shares his experience of working with Peter McVerry SJ. More blogs and reflections to come, following our recent experiments across Britain, Ireland and the Low Countries…  

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Lent: An Invitation to Freedom

The following post is a reflection given to accompany the daily readings of Wednesday 5th April (Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 and John 8:31-42 )    With all the excitement and experiences of my recent experiment, it’s variety of locations and the many different people and communities I have met, I admit to feeling a little disconnected… Continue reading Lent: An Invitation to Freedom

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Dishwater & Robber’s Dens

AMDG This is a reflection based on Friday’s Gospel (Luke: 19:45-48) At the beginning of this week my own prayer life, my interior “temple”, felt a bit like “a robber’s den”. As I tried to retreat into silence and pray I was surrounded by a jumble of unimportant concerns, a mental bric-à-brac: Astro-turf or decking… Continue reading Dishwater & Robber’s Dens