Friday 16 March 2018

Staying on the Path

This past week, the Jesuit community (there are four of us: three live at the College, one lives in Bathurst) went for a weekend of reflection and planning. We’re all busy with our individual works and missions, but it’s important for us to get together once in a while as a group and talk about what is important to us. Where we find life, where we struggle. To hear from one another where we are on the journey of life. Some days it’s a lot easier to walk the road than others. That’s why we need to pay attention to one another and listen to each other’s experiences. In sharing the load, it gets lighter. Which is one reason why our community is so strong. All of us are prepared to jump in support one another. As the class of 2018 has stated so clearly: Many wolves, one pack.

This week’s reflection:

I walked through this green tunnel two years ago on the Overland Track. I was so struck, so moved by the Tasmanian landscapes we moved through. But that first day… in the rain, up a series of big hills with the weight of a pack full of food for an eight-day expedition. I really wasn’t sure I was going to make it. But the light at the end of the tunnel and the path itself were so inspiring, it kept me wanting to see more. What gets you up the hill when it’s tough? Can you be grateful for those things?

Fr Jack McLain SJ