“Work, work until you rest in heaven.” St. Guanella

Sugar cane harvest - sivagangaiSivagangai – The Yesuvanam community is happy to see the fruits of their labor; sugar cane, groundnuts and chilies. After the harvest as a token of gratitude, a thanksgiving Mass was celebrated to offer the fruits of their work to God Almighty; also thanking Him for the graces and strength that He showered upon the community. Working the land is difficult; whether chili or sugarcane, it must be fertilized, watered, nourished and weeded. Only then can it yield fruits as told in the Bible, a hundred or sixty or a thousand fold. Those in formation need to prepare their hearts for the inner voice of God. Though it is mere physical work, it helps to inculcate formation with the same mind. As the land is fertilized so also we must be fertilized by the word of God. As physical work is necessary to reap the crops, spiritual work is needed to nurture hearts ripe with the fruits of God.

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