Successful stories of the world have an underlying insight to tell us that great endings have humble beginnings. Some of the great entrepreneurs had begun their work from scratch. We are not only inspired by them, but also motivated to achieve some milestones in our lives too. In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”
The Society of Jesus has always been a contingent of men who were formed through humble ways of living, keeping God in the centre of their life. The early stages of formation initiate the young minds to dream big, to think high and to etch on themselves the values of the One who called them to such a way of life.
Down the years Navasadhana, the Jesuit Pre- Novitiate in Bangalore, has been a house of prayer and excellence. It has written many a successful story in red letters on the pages of the history of Karnataka Jesuit province. As it is on the threshold of its silver jubilee celebrations. In this issue we bring to you some of the fond memories of the Navasadhanites of their nostalgic moments.
It is a time to thank God for his innumerable blessings in all the ups and downs of its existence. We need to be indeed grateful to all the dauntless directors and regents who worked hand in hand and side by side to inspire and motivate the young minds and hearts with utmost care and concern.
This number also gives a forum to our scholastics to express themselves through their creative writing.
The road to success is not straight.
There is a curve called Failure,
A loop called Confusion,
Speed bumps called Friends,
Red lights called Enemies, and
Caution lights called Family.
But if you have a spare called Determination,
An engine called Perseverance,
Insurance called Faith, and
A driver called Jesus,
You will make it to a place called Success!!
I gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the authors giving their reflections and reminiscences. I thank Fr Stanislaus D’Souza, SJ, Provincial and Fr Joseph D’Souza, SJ, PCF for their continuous support. I am indeed grateful to Fr Richard Sequeira, SJ for the editorial help. Wish you a happy reading.