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“Who I am is related to who I am yet to become”
It was a homecoming fifty years in the making.
In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society.
It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.
From 1959 until the 1990s, the Center served as a Jesuit training facility called Colombiere College, and it is where Fr. Bukala studied as a novice and was ordained.
Today, “Colombiere is a place to gather to support one another,” Fr. Bukala says. “It’s a community of love. While we may not be in the fields anymore, we still do what we can, and we share our common experiences.”
|Above, Fr. Bukala lectures a class at John Carroll University. Below, Fr. Bukala at a John Carroll reunion.|
|S P I R I T U A L I T Y|
Excerpts from Bukala Forgiveness Initiative
• Forgiveness is ultimately always for the forgiver. If we are interested in our own happiness, we forgive over and over again, as Jesus taught us, in all situations and circumstances.
• Every human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Nonetheless, every human being is fallible; that is, every individual can and does make mistakes. A human being will always need to forgive and be forgiven.
• Our vocation in life is threefold: (1) continue the work of our own creation, with a little help from our friends; (2) help others to continue the work of their creation, as they also help us; and (3) work together to continue the creation of the world.
• Jesus, as a healer of broken hearts, is the model to follow. When asked how many times a person should forgive another, Jesus responded: “Not seven times, but seventy-times-seven times.”
• Forgiveness is connected to love, the love one has for him/herself, the love one has for others, the love one has for God. Love changes everything. Forgiveness makes everything new.
"Forgiving is certainly one of the greatest human capacities and perhaps the boldest of human actions insofar as it tries the seemingly impossible, to undo what has been done, and succeeds in making a new beginning where everything seemed to have come to an end.”