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A Long Retreat
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In 1990 Andrew Krivak - poet, yacht rigger, ocean lifeguard, student of the classics - entered the Society of Jesus. The heart of Jesuit training is the Long Retreat, thirty days of silence and prayer in which the Jesuit novice reflects on the gospels and tests his desire for the priesthood. For Krivak, eight years of Jesuit formation turned out to be a long retreat in its own right, as he tested all his desires - for poetry, for travel, for independence, for love - against the pledge to do all for the greater glory of God. And in this deeply affecting book the long retreat becomes a pattern for our own spiritual lives, enabling us to embrace our desire for solitude and perspective in our own circumstances, the way Krivak has in his new life as a husband, father, and writer.
The search for God is finally the search for oneself, St. Augustine wrote. Krivaks story pushes past the awful stories of scandal in the Catholic Church to reveal why a modern, forward-looking man would yearn to be a priest. Unlike those stories, it has a happy ending - one in which we can recognise ourselves.
A Long Retreat by Andrew J. Krivak was published by Darton Longman & Todd in May 2008. The ISBN for A Long Retreat is 9780232527384.
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A Long RetreatBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
I found this book hard to put down. How would the author, this honest, restless, searching man, a committed Roman Catholic, leave the Jesuits after 8 years as Novice and Priest? He hints very early in the book that this particular calling would not be for life. But you have to wait until the end of the book to see how his discovery of human love leads him to leave, without any resentment towards the Order. I learnt so much about him, but also about myself, from this very personal account of discernment that highlights Ignatian spirituality, which has become popular among Christians from many denominations in recent years.
What is the ‘long retreat’? The 30 day retreat that is a key part of Jesuit formation, of course, but further, “It’s as though life itself has become a long retreat.”
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Details for A Long Retreat
|Author / Artist||Andrew J. Krivak|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (May 2008)|
|Number of Pages||336|
|Page last updated||14th February 2018|