A day of Recollection

The 12th January 14, 2020 we had a recollection to kick off the first term, for our two schools –Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace and Saint Ignatius high school. All the staff members attended. In this recollection, we got time for silence, quiet prayers .

Father René SHEMA, SJ, was a coordinator.

Being a Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord, the main theme was “Meeting Jesus Christ changes my life.” This was divided into four subtopics:

  • What helps me to meet Jesus? This should be simple and decisive, and should help me know myself.
  • What strengthens that meeting? it is to accept who you are. And accept the word of love and joy and forgiveness.
  • Meeting with baptized Jesus, how can it change my vision? Tthis meeting changes many things for us because we look at things and people like Jesus. This helps us have a heart of forgiveness and compassion.
  • Characteristics of Jesuit Education: referring to Father Pedro Arrupe, today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ – for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.

Father Arrupe described the purpose of a Jesuit school. It is, he said, to assist in the formation of “New Persons,” transformed by the message of Christ, who will be witnesses to His death and Resurrection in their own lives. Those who graduate from our schools should have acquired, in ways proportional to their age and maturity, a way of life that is in itself a proclamation of the charity of Christ, of the faith that comes from him and leads back to Him, and the justice which He announced. Few years ago, Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, expressed the same purpose in very similar words: “Our ideal is the well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God.

Recollection ended with a Eucharist presided over by Father René SHEMA, SJ,  with father Jean Damascène BAVUGAYABO, SJ,  and  Father Jean Paul MUKUNZI, SJ, as concelebrants.