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Accompanied by the Spirit of Healing - Global Advent Retreat

A Global Ignatian Retreat Experience for Educators
Welcome to the Accompanied by the Spirit of Healing Retreat Page. This Global Advent Ignatian Retreat, created for school faculty and staff, is grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and centered on the experience of the living God who desires a personal relationship with everyone. 

Are you looking for a new, refreshingly simple, and relevant way to pray during Advent? “Accompanied by the Spirit of Healing – Global Advent Retreat is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff in Jesuit and Ignatian schools to have an experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (“Field Hospital” exercises by Fr. Michael Hansen. SJ.).

You can do it at your own pace – individually or in group – going though the recordings and materials presented in this page.

The prayers of the First Spiritual Exercises have the power to invite growth and ignite freedom if you dare to be open to experience such an encounter!

About the Retreat Leaders:  

Anne Slingo is a Teacher of Religious Education and History in Xavier College (Kew, Australia), and Robert Stephan is the Director of Ignatian Formation and Adult Spirituality in Loyola High School (Los Angeles, USA). They are both highly experienced retreat facilitators.

Sessions

  • Session 1: The Heart of Accompanying. 
  • Session 2: Clarity of Mind and Heart. 
  • Session 3: The Way of Lasting Faith. 
  • Session 4: The Spirit of Service. 

Format
Each session consists of a video presentation by the two Retreat Facilitators and some questions to guide your reflection process (in group or individually). If you decide to do the exercises with a group, you might find helpful the Group Discussion Guidelines here.

The Heart of Accompanying

For this first session the theme is “The Heart of Accompanying” and we’ll be focusing on companionship and the gift to accompany those who are suffering and journeying alone – especially in these challenging and uncertain times.

Prayer Exercise Scripture Readings
When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her; companionship with her has no bitterness, and life with her has no pain, but gladness and joy. I considered these things inwardly, and pondered in my heart that in kinship with wisdom there is immortality, and in friendship with her, pure delight, and in the labours of her hands, unfailing wealth, and in the experience of her company, understanding, and renown in sharing her words, I went about seeking how to get her for myself. Wis 8:16-18

We were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves because you have become very dear to us. 1 Thess 2:5-8

FSE FIELD HOSPITAL © Michael Hansen SJ

Questions for Group Reflection

You will be invited to join a group to reflect on your experience in this session using the method of Spiritual Conversations. Think about any of the following questions and discuss them with your group.

  • How have you been affected by what you have heard?
  • Did any insights occur to you? What were they?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • How might I make contact and reconnect with the one who accompanied me so well?
  • To whom and how do I pass on this exercise–who can help to accompany those in urgent need?

Clarity of Mind and Heart

For this second session the theme is “Clarity of Mind and Heart” and we’ll be focusing on the gift of spiritual clarity to feel clear minded and spiritually focussed.

Prayer Exercise Scripture Readings
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what they stumble over. My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Prov. 4:19-27.

FSE FIELD HOSPITAL © Michael Hansen SJ

Questions for Group Reflection

You will be invited to join a group to reflect on your experience in this session using the method of Spiritual Conversations. Think about any of the following questions and discuss them with your group.

  • How have you been affected by what you have heard?
  • Did any insights occur to you? What were they?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • How might I make contact and reconnect with the person who gave me clarity?
  • To whom and how do I pass on this exercise–who needs spiritual clarity now??

The Way of Lasting Faith

For this third session the theme is “The Way of Lasting Faith” and we’ll be focusing on the direction and steps we are taking to choose the way of enduring Faith in these testing times.

Prayer Exercise Scripture Readings
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. James 1:2-5

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:7-8

FSE FIELD HOSPITAL © Michael Hansen SJ

Questions for Group Reflection

You will be invited to join a group to reflect on your experience in this session using the method of Spiritual Conversations. Think about any of the following questions and discuss them with your group.

  • How have you been affected by what you have heard?
  • Did any insights occur to you? What were they?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • How might I make contact and reconnect with the one who gave me greater faith?
  • To whom and how do I pass on this exercise–who urgently needs enduring faith now?

The Spirit of Service

For this last session the theme is “The Spirit of Service” and we’ll be focusing on the joy which service gives to our life.

Prayer Exercise Scripture Readings
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.1 Cor. 12:4

After Jesus had washed his disciple’s feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Jn 13:12-1

FSE FIELD HOSPITAL © Michael Hansen SJ

Questions for Group Reflection

You will be invited to join a group to reflect on your experience in this session using the method of Spiritual Conversations. Think about any of the following questions and discuss them with your group.

  • How have you been affected by what you have heard?
  • Did any insights occur to you? What were they?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • How might I reconnect with the person who called me to serve others?
  • To whom and how do I pass on this exercise–who could reach out urgently to serve those in greater need?