Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 27 February 2017

You know how he says, “In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2

The season of Lent leads us into an ever deepening relationship with God. Lent invites us to explore, with Jesus our friend, the attitudes, the hurts, the grudges, past situations, past relationships, addictions, and so on, that have filled up our lives and prevented us from hanging out with God. Sometimes these things occupy valuable space in our lives and prevent us from moving forward. Jesus, in Lent, wants to help us bring them before God so that we can let them go and in so doing re-enter the place of truth where we can reclaim our identity.

God desires our friendship! We experience the life and love that God offers us when we open our hearts to an ever deepening friendship in which there are no pretences and no secrets.

This sacred time is an invitation to a renewed friendship with the God who loves you – no matter who you are, where you come from, what you have done or failed to do. This is, as the Letter to the Corinthians tells us, “the acceptable time” in which God desires to listen to us. Lent is the “favourable time” to form a friendship like no other we will ever experience.

Thisreflection is taken from Deepening Friendship with God: Daily Reflections for Lent

By Anthony Egan SJ, Trevor Hudson, Russell Pollitt SJ

Available from the Jesuit Institute at lent@jesuitinstitute.org.za


Lord I ask for the grace to truly use this Lenten season to open my heart to your love.

Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for spotlight.africa. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

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Rev. Trevor Hudson

Trevor Hudson has been part of the Methodist movement for over 40 years. Serving primarily around Johannesburg, he is deeply committed to the work of spiritual formation within local congregational contexts. A significant part of his weekly work presently consists of the giving of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius and the offering of spiritual direction.Besides his local commitments, Trevor travels widely, preaching, teaching, and lecturing in the areas of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and pastoral therapy. He lectures at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, in their Doctor of Ministry (Spiritual Direction) program, and he also works closely with Upper Room Ministries, the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, and the Jesuit Institute in South Africa. He is the author of 17 books including Discovering Your Spiritual Identity (IVP) and Beyond Loneliness (Upper Room). Trevor is married to Debbie, and they are the parents of two adult children, Joni and Mark.

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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