This summer's MAGIS event
consisted of three parts: the opening event, the Ignatian experiments
and the closing event. The opening and closing events took place in
Kaunas, at the Jesuit Gymnasium and Church, while the experiments
were scattered throughout Lithuania. Each participant had the
opportunity to choose the experiment that was closest to his or her
heart: to travel on foot along the partisan trails in the Dainava
District, to get to know oneself more deeply through various arts in
Kulautuva, to experience the fullness of silence during a retreat in
Palendriai, to endure the hardships, but also to admire the trails of
the Camino Lituano in Suvalkija, and to learn authenticity during
theatre classes in Vilnius. Each of these experiments, in its own
way, taught one to look at everyday or unusual activities with the
eyes of faith and gave a deeper understanding of how God works in the
life of each person.
The opening and closing events at the beginning and end of the week gave the participants of all the various experiments the opportunity to get to know each other and to be reconciled to God. A special highlight of the opening event was the optional lectures on the theme "Christianity and Culture". Experts from different professional fields shared their thoughts on what it means for them to work and act in a Christian way in society and the world. Topics covered included Islam, politics, business, ethnology and art. The closing event was marked by an evening concert on the terrace of the Jesuit residence with the artist Linas Adomaitis and his band.
"A faith that is rooted
in life is what a young person needs right now," says MAGIS
coordinator in Lithuania, Lukas Ambraziejus, SJ. "If we want to
attract young adults to the Church, we have to learn how to
communicate the Gospel message to them in the language that they
speak – a language that is full of verbs of stress, worries,
anxieties, relationships, joy, hopes and searching," says Br.
Lukas. This is the purpose of MAGIS – to help a young person to
recognise how God is at work in his or her daily life, which is
sometimes calm and clear, but more often difficult to understand and
chaotic. The grateful and vibrant faces of the participants on the
last day of the MAGIS week testified that this goal was achieved –
despite the aching legs, the patched feet or the hunger they endured,
despite the Instagram that went unread for a week, despite the
uncovering of frightening corners of the soul, and despite the fear
of meeting and opening up to strangers after such a long time in
coordinator of the Partisan Pilgrimage, testifies
that "this experiment, every day, was full of lessons in love:
how to love someone not like you, how to love someone like yourself,
how to love God and yourself". Salomėja Puskunigytė, a
participant of another pilgrimage, the Camino Lituano, describes her
personal experience of the MAGIS week as "a return to God in
leaps and bounds".
In addition to summer events, MAGIS also organises winter/spring retreats and year-round MAGIS clubs in Vilnius and Kaunas. You can find out more about MAGIS activities in Lithuania by visiting the facebook page "Magis LT".