Since this is my first post, let me introduce myself. My name is Fr. Mark Mossa, and I’m a Jesuit priest. I have worked on 3 Charis retreats (and will, again, this summer). Heather, who wrote a post a few days ago, was on at least one of these. I have been involved in ministry to young adults for nearly twenty years (though I’ve only been a priest for less than two).
One of the things that I often tell others about Saint Ignatius is that Jesuit spirituality, and his idea for the Jesuit order itself, rose out of his young adult experience of God. This is why I think The Spiritual Exercises, on which the Charis retreats are based, are especially effective in helping young adults to discover what God is doing in their lives.
If The Exercises revealed nothing else, they would be important merely for the reason that they help us to see that God is present and active in our lives. God wants to invite us to the type of life which can best amplify the gifts and talents given to us for God’s glory, and the good of those whom we are privileged to encounter, and serve.
Look for the illustration of this in the readings for this Sunday’s mass. God says to us: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.” And Saint Paul reminds us, “If I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”