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Discovering biodiversity

by Daniel Tímár

During the last meeting with the educators of ACR (Azione Cattolica Ragazzi) in the parish were I do my apostolate we did an activity in which each young person wrote on a sheet of paper their most significant characteristic, as if they saw themselves in a mirror. Then, in the second round, on the other side of the paper all the other young people wrote down the qualities of their companions. The next day I reflected on this activity and tried to apply it in our novitiate community. Reviewing the journey we have made together, the first word that emerged was: gratitude.

I am grateful because I can witness how the Lord is working in the lives of each one of us. I am grateful because the good examples of others push me forward on my journey and help me through difficult times. At other times they remind me if I have forgotten something or simply open up new horizons. I am grateful, because although it is not always easy to live with the diversity among us, there are always moments when we become true gifts for others and so we can enrich each other. I am grateful, because among them and with their help I can discover what it means to be the real me.

Continuing my reflection at this point, the image came to me of a meadow in which there are various flowers and small animals. An environment where there is room for different species. This scene represents the fresh experience of the three courses we have just finished. Three different Jesuits, three different personalities, three different themes, three different methods of presentation. As if they were three different trees in this meadow. Living all three deeply in Ignatian spirituality, these Jesuits have shown us what it means to share themselves through their specialisations, using the different gifts and talents of their personalities. I am grateful for this diversity and this experience, because they help me to become the image God has of me.

2021-02-09 Dániel Tímár, second-year novice.

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