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Spanish Jesuits in Formation: Building friendship, rowing into the deep.

Summer is coming to an end. It´s time to return home after some months of intense pastoral work, time to return to our studies. But since three years ago the end of the summer is, for the Spanish Jesuits in formation, also a time for gathering. During three days we meet in our retreat house of Getaria, 50 km away of Loyola. We didn´t have any topic to discuss or any decision to make, we just wanted to share the joy of being together, to practice the spiritual conversation to which we are invited by CG36, and to deepen in the meaning of been called with others.

The 42 Jesuits that attended the meeting represented the different stages of our formation: Philosophy, special studies, regency and Theology. Some of the Jesuits from different provinces that are currently studying in Madrid also wanted to come to the meeting what made the gathering even richer. The companions from Africa, Asia, America and Europe showed not only the plurality of the Society but the common vocation of every Jesuit: sinners called to serve Christ’s mission of reconciliation.

Our meeting finished with the visit of Pablo Alonso, the Delegate of formation, who shared with us some news about the Province and some small changes related to the formation. He also celebrated the mass with us where he invited us to thank the Lord for each one of our companions and he reminded us the importance not only of praying for each other but also for taking real care of each other. After the mass we went back to our different cities, with the joy of those that not only have been called by the Lord to work with Him but have experienced the grace of been called with others that can be called friends in the Lord.

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