An unforgettable journey with the “Strangers who became the lifelong travellers”
First year Novice from India
Life is meaningless if there are no challenges in life. Challenges became the stepping stone in my journey. Take risks for God to find meaning in life.
I acknowledge the providential care of Wisdom. My own experience with my foster family was simple but meaningful. From the second day I started to share their work meaning to say I started to break the stones with my foster parents. In the beginning I really felt the pain at my back. It was really a challenge for me to sit under the scourging sun with no shade for two hours in the morning even though I was interested to do as if I was fully involved. In fact my foster family is a poor family, managing with what they yearn, and it was not so big amount to manage the family and I felt the suffering of the family. This real experience opened my mind to look at this family very differently, who has enough , yet they tend to look at themselves very little, on the contrary my foster family is content with what they have.
This experience has also offered me another chance to reevaluate my needs and terms of satisfaction. How much am I satisfied with the things I have? Or else I see myself very little? Indeed my foster family became the great witness to the fact that it is possible to be good amidst the different situations. My foster siblings were great example for me, because they know how to offer themselves for others. They are small but they gave themselves fully to the responsibilities. I just brought this attitude with me to grow better person in the community by taking responsibilities with love. I really learned from them that living for one another are stronger than the different situations that often disappoint us. I learned to offer myself fully in the community tasks.
I am very thankful to Jesus who called me to spend my little time with this precious and suffering people. Those ten days of experience will always journey with me. I also carried with me the attitude of simplicity of life, generosity, sharing faith and gratefulness to put them in to practice to give a life giving community in spite of differences. Now I am sure that with the grace of God I can stand and continue my journey in the midst of unknown people, place and situations. And I put forward the quote which I believe that sustains me in my vocational journey (I will undertake anything as long as it is pleasing to the heart of GOD” by Mother Marie Louise letter 6).