My One Month Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

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The one month Ignatian Spiritual Exercises is one of the most significant experiences in Novitiate. Last July 27, 2018 I started my SPEX together with my six companions, five Jesuit Novices and one Junior Sister of Teresians Congregation (Osso).

 It was held in Casa Retiro Santos Mártires, Ciudad Limpio de Paraguay. We were accompanied by our formator Sr. Iris Altagracia FI., Fr. Oscar Martín, SJ , Paraguay formator who also gave the points for our prayer and Fr. Juan Carlos Suarez SJ., Argentina-Uruguay formator who introduced us to the proper ambience and instruction on spiritual exercises.

I experienced God in many ways during my prayers, contemplation and meditation which I learned throughout the month of silence, listening intently to the call of God, learning how to discern the movements of the spirit within me, as I became more and more aware of the dynamics of the retreat. I learned that simplicity in praying make me more attuned to that inner voice, savouring the fruits, feeling at home even when there were distractions, and accepting realities of situations and difficulties. God is truly Father who has been generous in loving me throughout my life, who gave me Jesus, who was born for me, to save me and grow in a loving relationship with him, so that he continues to be my center and only love.

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With deep gratitude and love, the Spiritual exercises ended, but a new life awaits as I begin to live in the realities of my life as a novice, praying for grace to continue growing as an Hija de Jesus.