A Unique Roman Experience

A Unique Roman Experience

On September 9th the latest edition of the three week long ’65+ course’ for Mill Hill Missionaries started off at the Conference Centre of the Benedictine Missionary Sisters of Tutzing in Rome.

Front: Toos Beentjes, Jakob Kirchler, Matt Grier, Stephen Giles, Brendan Mulhall, Donal Harney. Back: Bob O’Neil, Una Molly, Sally Hyland, Adolf Pöll, John Melhuish, Joseph Giggenbacher, Patrick Harrington, John McCluskey, Alois Valentin, Fons Eppink, Ben Stopel, Liam Cummins, Edmund Ladstätter

Over the past week the relatively small group of participants (15) in what someone called ‘a course in aging for beginners’ have entered into a process of sharing their personal life stories with a particular focus on important transitions in the general flow of their lives.

Ms Una Molloy

Ms Una Molly provided valuable input on the physical, psychologicial and spiritual challenges of growing old, whilst Fr John McCluskey mhm gave a thought provoking presentation on sexuality and spirituality.

 

 

A fascinating guided tour of the scavi (excavations) under St Peter’s Basalica presented a welcome mid-week break.

The organising team consisting of Bernard Fox mhm, John McCluskey mhm, Sally Hyland sjg and Liam Cummins mhm have scheduled further challenging inputs as well as a Papal Audience and a visit to Assisi during the course of the coming two weeks.

No doubt everyone will return home at the end of the month with their batteries amply recharged and their hearts a little more attuned to the gentle promptings of the Spirit.

 

Love after love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott

 

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