Fr. Sasmita is the interfaith/intercultural campus minister at Wheeling Jesuit University.What makes me happy to be a Jesuit today?
What makes me happy to be a religious today?
The mysterious way that God connects me with different people in various ways or with various needs is one of the many things that makes me happy to be a religious today.
In May 2014, after having defended my doctor of ministry dissertation, I stayed a bit longer and managed to attend the Baccalaureate Mass at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST of SCU). A Jesuit friend, John, came to receive his licentiate degree. During the reception, John's friend Kristi invited me to a small party that she and her husband prepared for John at her house. Since I did not have any other plan that evening, I gratefully accepted Kristi's invitation.
On the way to Kristi's house, she and I caught up with what has happened since I left Berkeley in August 2012. When she found out that I now work at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), she promptly told me that she just had interviewed a student from WJU for a social-justice internship the week before. Kristi told me that the student's name was Elizabeth. I began to have some idea which Elizabeth that might be. After my return to Wheeling, I sent Elizabeth an email asking about the internship. She confirmed about her interview with Kristi. What a small world!
God's mysterious ways of connecting people and places continued. When the fall semester of 2014 began, Elizabeth told me that her mother had been concerned about sending her daughter to Oakland, CA. As soon as her mother found out that Kristi, Elizabeth and I were somehow connected in all of this, she felt confident in sending her daughter to California for internship.
As a religious, I have the opportunity to reflect, discover and delight in the many mysterious ways that God connects the "dots," namely through all of us. What a privilege it is!