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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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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

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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