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A Shoot Will Spring Up, Return to Me with Your Whole HeartVirtual Lent Retreat

This online retreat is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff in Jesuit and Ignatian schools around the world to have an experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola via live presentations, personal reflection and group sharing
This global retreat leverages Ignatian Prayer and Spirituality and is facilitated by two Jesuits, with vast experience in leading and accompanying school retreats. No previous experience is necessary. Come one, come all.

There have been so many changes that have occurred during this global pandemic, many of them frustrating for all of us. Still, some changes have produced fruit, and perhaps even fruit that will last.

Our hope is to help you reflect upon those changes and consider how some might be of value in the long-term as we move into a time of gradual restoration and healing. We are striving during this Lenten season to be like Jesus in his single-hearted and single-minded focus on God in preparation for the revelation of the Paschal Mystery. In other words, there is new life in store for us, this faithful truth is at the center of our belief!

Join us for a self-paced online retreat grounded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff in Jesuit and Ignatian schools around the world which includes presentations, personal reflection, and questions for individual or group faith sharing.

About the Retreat Leaders:  

Casey Beaumier SJ is the Vice President and University Secretary in Boston College (Boston, USA), and Patrick Nolan SJ is the Assistant Director of Enrollment and Chaplain to Athletics in Boston College High School (Boston, USA). They both have extensive experience leading retreats.

Sessions

  • Session 1The Light of Life–Past Faith to Sustain Our Present Moment
  • Session 2God is directly at Work in the Life of the Creature
  • Session 3Shoots to Sustain: Unexpected Rituals to Carry into the Future
  • Session 4 Imagining possibilities for a transformed path forward

Format
This is a self-paced online retreat that can be done individually or in a group. Each session consists of a video presentation by the two Retreat Facilitators and some questions to guide your reflection process (in a group or individually). If you decide to do the exercises with a group, you might find helpful the Group Discussion Guidelines here.

Bonus Session
In this Bonus Session, the retreat leaders go through the main highlights of the previous sessions and share their reflections on the experience. Watch the recording of the session.

The Light of Life–Past Faith to Sustain Our Present Moment

 

Grace: 

To savor the moments in the Christian tradition that reveal life in the midst of difficulty

The difficulties of the past year are very apparent. If we turn to our faith tradition, we can see that in the midst of deep challenge, there are surprising, unexpected, tiny signs of new life, of growth. There is wisdom from our past that reveals light.

 

Scripture:

Joel 2: 12-14

“Return to me with your whole heart … return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love.”

Isaiah 11: 1-3

A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength.

For more details please download the retreat materials

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.

  • What might God be desiring for us through these glimpses of life?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • When I reflect upon the Church’s faith story, where is it that I have noticed the community of faith revealing little buds of life, especially in challenging times?

Join The Conversation

Post your reflections, thoughts, feelings, questions, or prayers here.

You can continue here the conversation started in the live retreat by sharing your reflections with other participants and the community.

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God is directly at Work in the Life of the Creature

 

Grace: 

To pray for an awareness of the moments of grace, the little shoots of hope, as I review my personal history of the last year.

If we use the gift of our memories, we can be drawn into wonder at the possibility of a different interpretation of what has happened over the course of the last year in our personal lives. As we become more aware of the little shoots of hope that have emerged over the course of the past year, we can trace God’s abiding presence in the midst of a difficult year.

 

Scripture:

Psalm 139

LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all. Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, far too lofty for me to reach…” Read more…

Matthew 13:31

He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”

Luke 24: 13-34

Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him….” Read more…

For more details please download the retreat materials

Questions for Group Reflection

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

  • What might God be desiring for us through these glimpses of life?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • A particular examen of looking over your calendar from the past year and to mine it for shoots of life …Examen … go back over the calendar and look at what happened … and notice the little graces that have emerged

Join The Conversation

Post your reflections, thoughts, feelings, questions, or prayers here.

You can continue here the conversation started in the live retreat by sharing your reflections with other participants and the community.

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Shoots to Sustain: Unexpected Rituals to Carry into the Future

Grace: 

To name new elements that have been introduced into my personal life in the past year that I would like to maintain as I move forward out of the pandemic.

While the past year has brought so much disruption and hardship, there have been adaptations that have been fruitful and important for our lives. These practices, whether at home or work or in the variety of our relationships might be worthy of our holding onto and incorporating into the future.

These rituals, whether at home or work or in the variety of our relationships might be worthy of practicing in the future.

 

Scripture:

Luke 22:19

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”

Luke 5: 36-39

“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.”

Rev 21:5-6

The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” He said to me, “They are accomplished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water”

Luke 9:59-62

And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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Questions for Group Reflection

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

  • What practice or custom have I engaged during this past year that I have found to be a source of joy?

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • What practice or custom have I engaged during this past year that I have found to be a source of joy?

Join The Conversation

Post your reflections, thoughts, feelings, questions, or prayers here.

You can continue here the conversation started in the live retreat by sharing your reflections with other participants and the community.

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Grace: 

To imagine possibilities for a transformed path forward.

  • In the Christian tradition, after the disciples encounter the risen Jesus, they change. They witness hope and facilitate new possibilities, for they do not walk with Jesus now in the same way that they did before. How might we learn from those early companions of Jesus so that like them, we become bearers of light in the midst of a new reality because of the glory of the risen Lord?

Scripture:

Matthew 16: 18-19

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

John 21:15-17

“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 14:2-6

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.

Habakkuk 2:3-4

Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision; Make it plain upon tablets, so that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.

 

For more details please download the retreat materials

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.

  • As Jesus must have imagined in the tomb the path forward in the resurrection, how might I look to him and imagine with him the transformed path forward that he models for me and invites me to consider for the future?

Join The Conversation

Post your reflections, thoughts, feelings, questions, or prayers here.

You can continue here the conversation started in the live retreat by sharing your reflections with other participants and the community.

Read what your fellow Jesuit and Ignatian educators belonging to our global network are saying.

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