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May 2012

(Special Feature)

Issue No.5/12

Experience Shared By The Coordinator (in Manresa, Spain)‌

completely from his old ways, he was still seriously lacking in the true spirit of charity and Christian understanding. He proceeded to the Benedictine shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, made a general confession, and Completely converted from his old

knelt all night in vigil before Our

desires, plans of romance and

Lady's altar, following the rites of

worldly conquests, and recovered

chivalry. He left his sword and

from his wounds enough to travel,

knife at the altar, went out and

Ignatius left the castle of Loyola

gave away all his fine clothes to a

in March of 1522. He had decided

poor man, and dressed himself in

that he wanted to go to Jerusalem

rough clothes with sandals and a

to live where our Lord had spent

staff.

his life on earth. As a first step he

Barcelona but stopped along the

began his journey to Barcelona.

river Cardoner at a town called

Though he had been converted

Manresa. He stayed in a cave 1

He

continued

towards


outside the town, intending to

encounter with God as He really is

linger only a few days, but he

so that all creation was seen in a

remained for ten months. He spent

new light and acquired a new

hours each day in prayer and also

meaning

worked in a hospice.

experience that enabled Ignatius

It was while here that the ideas

to find God in all things. This

for what are now known as the

grace, finding God in all things, is

Spiritual Exercises began to take

one of the central characteristics

shape.

of Jesuit spirituality.

It was also on the banks of this

It is here at the ‘Cova’ (cave) in

river that he had a vision which is

Manresa, that I have spent the

regarded as the most significant in

last

his life. The vision was more of an

International Ignatian Immersion

enlightenment,

Course.

about

which

he

5

and

weeks

relevance,

attending

an

an

later said that he learned more on

There are 35 participants from

that one occasion than he did in

about 18 countries representing all

the rest of his life. Ignatius never

continents. About two-thirds of

revealed exactly what the vision

the participants are Jesuits, while

was, but it seems to have been an

the rest are consecrated women

2


and two lay-men (including myself).

Ignatius and relating that to my

Africa

3

own life experiences. During the

participants; A Tanzanian Jesuit

second week of the immersion

from the Eastern Africa province,

course,

Fr.Emmanuel Mchopa, Fr. Gerard

individually guided retreat, which

Kalisa, a Jesuit from Rwanda-

was

Burundi region and myself.

experience; after which we studied

is

represented

by

we

made

a

profound

an

8-day

personal

the spiritual exercises and later the constitutions of the Society of Jesus. The lecturers are Spanish Jesuits (with the exception of this final

week).

lectures,

we

Apart also

from

the

had

the

opportunity to visit Montserrat,

L to R: Frs. Joe, Gerard, Emmanuel and myself, (the large ‘Cova’ building is in the background).

Loyola and the surrounding areas, Javier (birthplace of St.Francis

During these past 5-weeks, we

Xavier), San Sebastian, Zaragoza

have had the opportunity to study

and

the legacy of St. Ignatius of

the

‘Ignatian

Barcelona’

Loyola in some depth, both as inspiration for authentic Christian living in contemporary society and Church, and as a means for the spiritual formation of individuals and groups. I particularly enjoyed studying

the

autobiography

of ….On the way to the top of Montserrat 3


I am also enjoying very much the

Africa. You will of course, be all

community life here.

very fondly remembered!

We have daily Mass and Morning

I hope that my time here will be of

Prayer, take turns to work in the

use to the MAGiS Kenya program;

kitchen, and have a day in the week

that I can bring new insights into

to relax and share stories over a

the MAGiS ministry, and share

drink

with

or

two.

On

alternate

you

all

the

immense

evenings, different people share,

experience gained in these 5 (soon

for one hour, presentations about

to be 6) weeks. I look forward very

their apostolates. In fact, just a

much to meeting you all at the next

few hours from the time of writing

Magis weekend or groups visits and

this,

send you all warm greetings from

I

will

be

showing

the

MAGiS’09 Africa film and speaking

‘La Cova’, Manresa. AMDG!

a bit about MAGiS Kenya and

Allen.

The 35 participants of the International Ignatian Immersion Course 2012-Spain.

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