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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: 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


Brushstrokes Refugee Centre Christmas Reflection

The picture painted of the events we celebrate at Christmas is fairly sombre in tone to begin with. Mary is an object of suspicion and probably quite a lot of innuendo as it becomes clear she has become pregnant before marrying Joseph, and Joseph himself comes close to divorcing her. Then in the context of… Continue reading Brushstrokes Refugee Centre Christmas Reflection

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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

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Reflection: “I have a cunning plan!”

AMDG This is a reflection on the readings of today, Friday 4 November 2016, memorial of St. Charles Borromeo. (Philippians 3: 17-21.4:1; Psalm 121; Luke 16: 1-8). “I have a cunning plan”. The steward in the parable today is thinking as Baldrick in Blackadder. He is caught wasting the property of his master and he… Continue reading Reflection: “I have a cunning plan!”

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Novitiate Visit to the Low Countries

AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM Our September-December Study period, the longest period inside the novitiate itself, was pleasantly interrupted last week thanks to an excellent trip to (North) Belgium and the Netherlands. This allowed us to visit a variety of Jesuit works and communities that are part of the work of the Four Provinces that make… Continue reading Novitiate Visit to the Low Countries