One day the grain asked the soil, “How will I be more useful in this world? And what is the unique thing that I have in me to contribute to others?”
The soil replied to the grain, “Come and see.”
The sower acted as the mediator between the grain and the soil and helped the grain to be sown. Nights and days passed, season and time passed, the grain took shelter in the same soil. Thus, it began discovering the wonder of the soil, and getting to know its own identity. This nurtured the grain in finding its place in the world, with all the questions that it had posed previously. Finally, with a generous “yes” to the implied call it received from the soil, it applied itself fully, and slowly started sprouting and growing.
With this analogy of the soil and the grain, I would like to compliment the life in the Society, in Navasadhana. Navasadhana was and is the power house or the womb of the Society.What exactly happened to the grain in the process of seasoning? The grain got initiated into a life of prayer, timely study, singing aloud at the top of its lungs, manual work in solidarity with a working man and the recreations to come together.
It was a life lived differently from the former one, and this made a new beginning in each one. The foundation of organising and having an equilibrium in the way of life taught each one to be men for others. Integration of Jesuit culture into the already existing culture started taking roots. Finally, it was a family of friends in the Lord, gathered to disperse.
The questions posed during those days and now may not be the same, but the process of its transformation is simply to be admired. Even then the desire in each one was like a small burning flame.The generosity of God and of the Society made way for the grain to be rooted and grounded in love for its vocation. It was a choice made out of passion and love. Lots of events and people passed by the route, some nurturing and others pruning. But the companionship and the guidance gave confidence to face the various storms in life. Thus, everything done to the grain was gratefully accepted with joy and it began preparing for the next stage of formation with curiosity and eagerness. In the words of St Teresa of Kolkata, “God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be Faithful.” This is what mattered much and remained as a motivating factor for the grain in its life as a Jesuit.
- Avinash D’Souza SJ