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Unity in diversity

by Raul Petru Ciocani

Beginning with the phrase „unity in diversity”, with which I want to intitle this article, I would like to describe our daily life here, at „Villa San Ignazio” in Genova.

It may seem impossible that people from so different cultural backgrounds might have a common horizon. We come from six different cultures: Italians, Hungarians, Danes, Malteez, Romanians and together we have a common purpose: to know Him and to live together with the Savior. He is our common horizon, who is the center that determines the balance in our community, whose coming on earth we will celebrate soon, when it is Christmas.

The novitiate is a time when we can get to know each other, observe the values ​​that each person has received from the good Lord, put them together to form a community and at the same time get to know ourselves, working on our spiritual and cultural growth and listen to the voice of the Creator who invited each of us to that. Our day begins with the community liturgy preceded by a moment of personal prayer, but of course accompanied by others daily community prayers. Studies are not missing in our novitiate life and are one of the tools that will always be helpful in the commitments that we will then take and which are not missing from the life of a Jesuit. All these are accompanied by moments of entertainment, moments spent together as sports, movie evenings, games and one special day called „giovedì di villa” which is dedicated especially to visiting different places of the city and its surroundings, or to mountain walks or even a relaxing day on the beach when time permits. It is also worth mentioning that we are very connected with the life of people around us, especially the young people, so that each of us works in a diverse group such as MEG, SCOUTS, parish groups or others, doing an apostolate activity.

Jesus being the pole that offers the balance and whose greatness encompasses all the diversity generates the unity betwen us. With this confidence that he is in our midst, we continue to move on.

 

Raul P. Ciocani, novice of the first year

Coronavirus and community in good Company

by Raul Petru Ciocani

 

Few of us can compare a period like this to experiences we have already lived. I spent almost two months without being able to leave the novitiate and this is the longest period I have ever had in my life without going out. Living in community is already a exceptional experience in itself, which I had never experienced before, and now, adding these restrictions, there is the risk of discouragement. In reality I am living this period very well, I have not yet found moments of boredom, indeed I have the opportunity to discover many aspects, and I will tell you why.

In addition to the comfort that accompanies me now, the feelings that pass through my heart in this time are truly varied: uncertainty, compassion with those who suffer and die from coronavirus, and also the fear for my family that is about 1200 km from Genoa, in the western part of Romania, where there are still not many infections. Talking to my grandmother who lives with my parents, I was surprised and impressed by the courage and strength with which she is going through this period. Having already experienced the Second World War, the communist occupation, the deportation of family members to work camps, she is very aware of the reality of this pandemic that we are facing with little courage and patience, because we no longer trust and no longer know in who we need to trust. This is one of the points that makes me think a lot: Can our faith really help us in such critical moments of our life? The answer is yes, but we have to find out. As those who find out during important events of their lives, such as migration, war, addictions, diseases, depression, loneliness and entrust themselves to God and put their destiny in his hands. Here, the current situation stimulates me to think about all this, about the shortcomings and weaknesses that we have and that we do not want to accept and face.

Now I’m going to explain to you why the rest of the time I still haven’t found the moments to get bored. Community life leads me to discover many aspects, which until now I did not know about myself, especially through personal relationships with companions and the community activity in which we are immersed. All of this keeps us very busy most of the time. Starting with the fact that every day I have several people to talk to during meals (friends with whom to share their experiences, daily joys, difficulties, etc.), moments of prayer together, everyday community liturgy but also the passing of the time having fun, playing football, volleyball, ping pong, etc. All this forms a lifestyle, the community one, where, as in a family, you cannot think only of yourself, but you also have the responsibility of the others.

These things represent the community life that we are living in this period of great difficulty for the whole world. The community is what made it much easier for us to go through this time, assimilating all the positive aspects it brings. Personally I live this dimension as a help to my vocation, which is to follow the Lord with the vows that I choose to make in the Society of Jesus.

Raul Ciocani, novice of the first year

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