John and Andrew followed Jesus at the instruction of Prophet John the Baptist. They spent that day with Jesus. They had an unforgettable experience with him. While expressing it in his Gospel, John says: “It was about the tenth hour, (Jn 1:19).
We the 7 Pre-novices were introduced to the Novitiate during our stages of “come and see” period and pre-novitiate. 20th of November 2017 was the day when we were accepted as Holy Family Novices. It was about 3.30p.m.
When we arrived at Bolawalana in the morning along with Sr.Francisca we had a cordial welcome by the novitiate community. Three symbolic signs for 3 different cultures, Sinhala, Tamil and Pakistani made us feel at home in an intercultural house. At 3.30 p.m. our official entry into the Novitiate took place. The Provincials of both unit and the Councilors responsible for basic formation had come for this memorable event. We responded our desire verbally and individually, saying that we feel called by God and requested the association to show us the way of the Holy Family discipleship in prayer. Sacrifice. Generosity and a life centered on Jesus and his mission. Thus our life started to know each other and to become connected to Jesus Christ.
The atmosphere of Novitiate itself enables silence and calls for solitude, reflection and meditation. The various classes introduce gradual interpersonal relationship with Jesus, more self-awareness and initiate us to Holy Family consecrated life.
The Good Lord who has begun to lead our lives will complete in his own way. We are open to God’s ways in order to find lasting happiness.
1st Year Novices – Sri Lanka
from Sangamum (The publication - Jaffna unit)