Retreats and Spiritual Formation
The Ignatian Retreat
One of the most exciting catechetical programmes that we have developed in recent years is the retreat which was undertaken by some 40-50 members of our Parish under the direction of Father Will. The Ignatian Retreat ran from January 21st to 15th April 2014.
A series of Spiritual exercises developed by St. Ignatius Loyola. The themes are important as they follow a framework of prayer which are divided into four “weeks”. These are not weeks of the seven day variety and are not intended to map onto calendar week, rather they are “phases” or stages through which the prayer will move. These are the important spiritual exercises which a person coming to the end of the Fourth week of prayer may discover for example that he/she is frequently connecting to the deep prayer life that puts Christ at the centre of their lives. It is in being in touch with our hidden self and coming through some difficult questions that we get in touch with ourselves and the inner movements of our hearts that we reach out for total fulfilment in the Lord.
As we follow the weeks of the Retreat we go deeper into the Spiritual Life and then connect with Jesus in his life on earth followed by His Passion and Death and his Resurrection.