Place Me With Your Son
2013 Ignatian Retreat
Cost: $200 per person
Franciscan Spiritual Center
Aston, Pennsylvania 19014
Sponsored by Fr. Timothy Brown, S.J. in partnership with Georgetown University
A Five-Day Ignatian Retreat is characterized by a pensive yet liberating silence that seeks to bring the retreatant, by contemplating God’s grace at work in his or her life, into a profoundly intimate experience with God in Jesus Christ. Deep and provoking individual meditation and prayer, spiritual direction, unstructured personal time, the celebration of Mass and option of Reconciliation, and existing in solidarity with the retreat community all create a distinctive
balance in this retreat experience. A mix of students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni retreatants is an important, fruitful, and unexpectedly-moving aspect of this retreat.
For further information contact Fr. Tim Brown, S.J., 410-617-5524 or firstname.lastname@example.org Peg McKibbin, 410-617-2030 or email@example.com
"As we look at our work here at Loyola, we find ourselves facing unique challenges with regards to implementing our mission."
In the contemplation of the Incarnation in the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius asks that we try to place ourselves with the Trinity, as they look down on the earth and behold persons in great diversity of dress and manner acting:
Some are white, some black, some at peace, and some at war; some weeping, some laughing; some well, some sick; some coming into the world, and some dying.
We carry that image of attentiveness around with us as a way to put perspective on life,
especially in this century. It is a way of developing the habit of paying attention. This habit of contemplative attentiveness empowers us to re-imagine the world in which we live. It is in a retreat that we afford ourselves what should not be a luxury - a time of stepping back and reflecting on what is going on around us. This is essential if we are to re-imagine our world in ways that reflect the Gospel values of fidelity, gratitude, compassion, self-giving love, reconciliation, hospitality, simplicity of life, inclusiveness, and respect for the dignity of each human person.
The basic characteristic of our way of proceeding, our being "men and women for others," calls for an attitude and readiness to cooperate, to listen and to learn for which all of us are co-responsible. Father General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., spoke on the topic of Jesuit-Lay Collaboration in an address at Creighton University last fall. In that address he said,
"As our Jesuit contribution to this common enterprise we have pledged to offer "what we are and what we have received: our spiritual and apostolic inheritance, our educational resources, and our friendship." It is important to recognize that we offer these gifts, we invite others, but we do not impose. One of the important gifts that our partners bring to our joint ministry is their very freedom, a freedom that we Jesuits must not only accept but must respect and appreciate.
The spiritual inheritance that we Jesuits offer, our Ignatian Spirituality, is an apt apostolic tool. It is an active spirituality. After making the Spiritual Exercises, a person is prepared to serve with greater freedom, to discern the "greater good" among a variety of goods, and to find an intimacy with God in the midst of his or her everyday life of service."
On this retreat we will highlight four Ignatian graces:
To understand and to rejoice gratefully in who we are and who we are called to become - by God's gracious and loving desire and design.
Grateful joy in the realization of God's unfailingly steadfast and forgiving love - revealed in Christ crucified, before whom Ignatian asks, "What have I done? What am I doing? What shall I do?"
The enthusiastic desire and determination to join God and Christ in overcoming the powers of darkness - so that the light of truth and love, justice and peace might shine in our world.
To live and labor lovingly as the hands and feet, heads and hearts, of the risen Lord living and laboring in us, his Ignatian companions, Lay and Jesuit, on mission together.
As companions together we have a special mission and calling. We are challenged to make it possible for each person to seek the mark of God in all the creation. We are called to make a case of moral literacy: To create and foster some moral energy, moral passion, moral intelligence that says we all can be larger than ourselves and ask the questions that are so crucial for our mission here at Loyola University Maryland.
We need to be respectfully attentive to the trascendent values of each and every person that are revealed in our encounters and relationships with others in service. Through sharing the Exercises we have the tools to help us in our calling. We want to leave you with three directions as you embark on this retreat:
Begin with Jesus.
Contemplate His face.
Do what He does.
Be assured of our prayers for each of you this week.