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Travel notes

by Christian Lefta

On 24 May, the Society of Jesus in Italy celebrates the feast of ‘Our Lady of the Road’, a devotion so dear to Father Ignatius in his Roman years. In general, the image of the pilgrim has always given me a strange ‘spiritual joy’. Needless to say, for the Jesuits, ‘the pilgrim’ – par excellence – is Ignatius himself.

 

A few weeks ago, in the midst of a study time on Ignatian sources in the Cueva de Manresa, with the second-year novices from Spain and Portugal we retraced, actually backwards, the path Ignatius took from the sanctuary of Montserrat to the town where he would receive the most important spiritual illuminations of his life, Manresa. Walking towards Montserrat, I was thinking back to Ignatius’ journey, the physical one but above all the inner one of the thoughts he carried inside, the questions about the future, the remorse for a rather restless past.

 

Now, that I am here in Genoa, ‘in the middle of the road’ of everyday life, every now and then I find myself thinking back to that road I took, with gratitude and great joy, because I feel that that road was not just a ‘road’ but was and continues to be a recapitulation and an anticipation, in mystery, of every road travelled so far and of all the road to come.

 

 

XXIX
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino:
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino,
sino estelas en la mar.

(A. Machado)

Christian Lefta

Let’s start!

18 Oct 2022

At the end of a three-day spiritual retreat, on Monday, October 17, 2022, during the community Eucharistic celebration, the 10 first-year novices entered the second probation. It was a simple but meaningful moment that marked the end of the so-called first probation: in the mind of St. Ignatius, the first probation is a brief time of “trial” that is placed at the beginning of the path of formation in the Society and that helps to verify the choice; with the second probation, however, begins a rather long time of real formation and that spans the two years of novitiate to continue with the successive stages of study and service.

First-year novices (pictured from left to right):
Nace Zupančič (Slovenian Province)
Kristóf Hódsági (Hungarian Province)
Gianluca Severin (Euro-Mediterranean Province)
Roberto Carrese (Euro-Mediterranean Province)
György Kovács (Hungarian Province)
Domonkos Bárczi (Hungarian Province)
Ciprian Prăjişteanu (Euro-Mediterranean Province)
Péter Koszoru (Hungarian Province)
Andrea Cassar (Euro-Mediterranean Province)
Primož Stražar (Slovenian Province)

 

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