The outbreak of Covid-19 epidemic gives a very special touch to this year’s lent period. It makes us halt, encourages everyone to revise their daily life and face their boundaries. All that is happening to us may cause a turmoil in our soul, existential questions may arise and we might also have uncertainties.
This has made the Hungarian Jesuits and their companions – religious and lay people alike –, trained at Manréza in Dobogókő, offer online spiritual direction and support for anyone who seeks to find God in these special circumstances, would find stillness or ask guidance for their prayers. In our , the dates and times available are listed in an online calendar; once you have registered to one of the spiritual guides, he or she will contact you in order to arrange how – via Skype, Zoom, Hangouts, etc. – the talk will take place.
This initiative goes hand in hand with a similar one offered by Oasis Pastoral Care and Mental Health Service, supported by the Hungarian Province of the Society of Jesus. Face-to-face counselling being unavailable amidst the epidemic, they also offer online opportunities to those who are in need of supportive listening, accompaniment and pastoral counselling.