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Family ministry in the Society of Jesus and Ignatian spirituality has a history that has been shaped through various projects. It is a journey that the Society of Jesus has taken up and acknowledged with the launch of Jesuitas Familia and with the inspiration of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. 

In tune with this, we find ourselves in Valencia with the SEPAS program and throughout Spain with the Four Seasons programme. The latter is a method created by the family team of the Christian Life Communities (CVX-Spain) to accompany life after a couple's break-up and is offered in many cities: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Salamanca, Valladolid, Gijón, Burgos, Pamplona, Bilbao, Seville, Granada, Málaga, Almería, Canary Islands, Madrid, Zaragoza, Alicante and Valencia. It has also been exported to Uruguay and Colombia and on the horizon plans to reach English-speaking countries, with the book already translated. 

Believing in one-self

"The project is a proposal of integral accompaniment for a person who has suffered a break-up, it is an attempt to give them a response within and as part of the Church, to give them the possibility that - from this situation of low self-esteem, where their life project no longer makes sense - someone more valuable can emerge", explains Iciar Bayarte, coordinator of this project, a member of CVX and a person who lived through her own process of separation fifteen years ago.  

It is not only addressed to believers, but to anyone who feels the deep desire to reconfigure their life. The process, which usually lasts a long year, includes a group forgiveness workshop and the proposal to carry out the experience of the Exercises.  

An interdisciplinary team has been involved in the development of the materials. And the method has been compiled in the book "Cuatro Estaciones. Guía para recrear tu vida tras la ruptura de pareja" published by Mensajero.  

A listening work

Four Seasons is based, above all, in the listening and the work of the person himself, guided by the companion. The metaphor of the four seasons evokes the different moments of the process, following the climatology of the year, but also the places from which we leave and to which we sometimes return, like the stations of a train journey. The person accompanied is offered a guide, a manual of exercises to practice from the concrete and everyday. A horizon where to reopen the way, to get up, where there is a hope of change, of feeling better with oneself and with one's environment, including the ecclesial one. A companion who will help to objectify hope, to find comfort and reduce harm. A person who will be there at the side, accompanying and supporting. The companions are mostly separated or divorced people who have made their personal process and are healed. In general, they are lay people, but recently some diocesan priests have joined in who want to be trained to implement the tool in their parish. 

In short, it is a project that aims to offer, from experience, a horizon of hope that shouts that it is possible to emerge strengthened and recreated from this difficult situation. 

Full report (in spanish) at: https://infosj.es/documentos?task=download.send&id=2838&catid=146&m=0 

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