Innocent Impressions of a Pre-novice
Fr. Provincial commenced the visitation of Savio Bhavan, the pre-novitiate community of the province, on 16th July 2017. He began the visitation by giving conference to the formation team of the community. He also met all the Pre-novices individually as well as in group. His conferences created profound impact on them and gave them the secret of discerning their vocation. He asked them to reflect on their life in the light of God’s word.
He also insisted on being focused and exhorted the them to give their hundred percent and not just fifty. Knowing, loving and serving Christ unwaveringly was the pivotal point of one of his talks to them.
He threw light on the three giant pillars of the religious life – the three vows. He also tried to explain that in the modern era ‘materialism’ is the biggest enemy of the religious and not any Government, however unfriendly it may be towards them.
Within a short span of three days he learnt the names of all the pre-novices, making them feel that he loved them personally. His exhortation would enable them to live their life fully in whichever way God is beckoning and it would help them to be undeterred in their conviction. As a gesture of honour the pre-novices organized a cultural programme to express their sentiments of love and gratitude towards him.
The Provincial congratulated the pre-novices for putting up a wonderful show and urged them to keep alive the legacy handed down by our Father and Founder, Don Bosco. He also took a keen interest in teaching some liturgical hymns to them.
As a final message he exhorted them to be joyful, sensitive and to work together. He concluded the visitation in the afternoon of 18th July with the promise that he would come back to visit Savio Bhavan in the end of November 2017.