Dublin recently ran a Spiritual Gifts Workshop on a Saturday. Registration was intentionally limited because of the nature of the day; however, it is hoped this will be the first of a number of such encounters. Those attending had an opportunity to reflect on the St. Ignatius Examen. Simply put, this tradition states "The goal of the spiritual life is to choose what better leads to God's deepening life in me." Several short videos including one from the Christian NOOMA series were used. We were exposed to The Enneagram and used the Rev. David Ewart's "A Questionnaire for Discerning Spirit-given Gifts. The latter involves 110 questions, the answers to which provide indicators to the spiritual gifts of an individual. (These are not to be confused with talents: a person may use specific God-given talents in one part of their life, but may be called and gifted in quite a different way for use by God to further God's work.) We were provided with the excellent take-home handout, "Gift Descriptions," by Rev. Ewart so we could continue to explore the time of going deeper we experienced. We hope others will consider this as part of their faith-journey when it is offered in the future.
We welcomed our sponsored Syrian neighbours to a service, followed by a lunch in their honour. After six months in Canada, English is becoming more comfortable, the boys are settled into school and learning about life in Canada. Select 'read more' to see a picture from that day.