What have you learned at JRS-Greece?
I didn’t learn so much about welcoming migrants - I had been doing that during the formation session - but rather about the importance of caring. I’m talking here about human kindness. In people who have been through very hard stuff, you find very beautiful things. I also learned that you can have all the ambition in the world, but you cannot change everything in a few seconds: you do what you can!
It’s a leap into the heart of reality, into the experience of refugees. You learn by sharing with them. Then, what strikes me is that the children as well as the adults have an extraordinary resilience, a strength to move forward despite all the obstacles: it makes me grow. Finally, without means or money, they have a great sense of hospitality. “The essential is invisible to the eye,” the Little Prince said.
I was struck by the solidarity found in this Jesuit centre and with the religious organisations. All the people I have met here have this willingness to give without any return. People come here to give: I find it a beautiful way to live religion. The experience of living with people like that is very rich. I have also learned a lot about migrants and that the important thing is to express my solidarity with them, to give them what I can.
I felt - this is something we know but that I had never touched so closely - how unfair the world is nowadays. When you work with people who don’t count in the eyes of society, who are mistreated, you feel overwhelmed when you see how little you can do. But I have seen that these people never lose hope: that is extraordinary!