Introduction to the Immersion Experience
Socrates is credited with the phrase ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. He believed that philosophy – which is the love of wisdom – is a pursuit that is above all else. And more than many others in history he exemplifies this pursuit.
Its instruments are reflection, questioning and logical argument; examining the meaning of life by thinking it through. These instruments made their way into the lives of many of history’s greats; and their chief focus and the basis of their directions was so often the ‘examination’ of life. This is a mode of being that has the capacity to make human beings truly human.
We are ambassadors of St Canice Parish in its long-time involvement with Railaco.
Our visit to Timor is an ‘immersion’ experience. As ordinary people, we go to Railaco to listen to the voices of others who speak of ordinary needs.
On an immersion experience such as this, we enter into friendships which can move us to live differently; to act on their behalf with a certain passion for justice issues. It brings us together in growing awareness of our interconnectedness with each other through global solidarity. It grounds us in compassion for each other and in the care of our common home.
A better understanding of how the Jesuit Railaco Mission serves the people of Railaco through a children’s feeding program, mobile medical clinic and secondary school is the primary purpose of our immersion.
This is grassroots. Hopefully, we then return home to share our personal experiences, in order to inform the wider parish about future opportunities and involvements. Hearing our stories, other parishioners may be inspired to tap into their own networks, in support of a valid cause – less fortunate people in a nearby land, to whom we owe a great deal.
Michael Musgrave, 1st April 2019
Articles you may like to read prior to your trip.
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“Mission is not just a matter of doing things for people. It is first of all a matter of being with people, of listening to and sharing with them.” – Donal Dorr
It is a trip with a group of fellow pilgrims, in which we seek encounter with people and realities in the developing world.
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WHY GO ON Immersion
East Timor profile – from Portuguese 1600’s to present time Please click on this link to view Profile in more detail.