Jesuit Online Lenten Recollection

Fr. Johnny Go, S.J. is doing it again this Lent 2010.

If you feel like you want to do a Lenten recollection but are having difficulty finding a good one, or too busy to go to one, you can spend time with our Lord from your computer desk or even with your laptop anywhere you are telecommuting. If you have a mobile phone which is browser-capable, you can likewise attend a recollection. If you are not in the Philippines, it does not matter. You can be anywhere around the world as long as you have internet access.

Fr. Johnny has prepared an ONLINE recollection where he effectively merges multimedia technology to make your Lenten journey with the Lord interesting and meaningful.

Titled “God in the Dungeons”, this is how Fr. Johnny describes the theme:

Dungeons are not exactly the first place we go to when we want to look for God.
We expect to find Him in churches and the other “holier” places of our lives.
But that’s exactly what Lent does not teach us about God.
In the mysteries of Lent, God enters precisely the “dungeons of our lives”
—the deepest, darkest experiences of human pain and suffering—because He wants us to find Him there.

Let’s find time this Holy Week and allow God to enter the dungeons of our lives and quiet down to hear Him speak to us.

The online recollection begins April 1 (Holy Thursday) till April 3 (Black Saturday) but you can already do a pre-recollection preparation even now by clicking HERE.


Jesuit Online Retreat 2009

You can be online, at work, at home, abroad and still be able to do a personal Lenten retreat at any time, at your convenience.


Fr. Johnny Go, SJ, in his spiritual blog, Pins of Light, has given a heads-up on another online Jesuit retreat (The Silences of Lent) that anyone can do for Holy Week. The first online retreat launched by the Jesuits in 2008 was a resounding success as it allowed many people who had little time to spare or who were far from a Holy Week Retreat venue to set aside as little as 30-45 minutes on each day of the Holy Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) and be with the Lord.

Fr. Johnny writes about this retreat:

Ours is a God of Silence, but He keeps different kinds of silences. And during Lent, more than ever, He is silent, for His deepest silences are experienced in the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus.

Lent is a season full of silences: The Silence of Gethsemane, the Silence of Calvary, and the Silence of the Empty Tomb–each one is different from the other. Maybe if we understand God’s silences in Lent, we will better understand His silences–and language–in our own lives.

(UPDATE: Here’s an invite to the online Lenten Recollection)