The Bosco Diamond

You may well ask why the Foundation Course at the Bosco Centre is called the Diamond Programme. Well in 1996, at the very beginning of the programme for 15+ young people, we called it the Diamond Project. So the Diamond programme is part of the whole of the Diamond Project. It all goes back to a story. A story that may be true, and I have always believed it…



Two young people in Kashmir, a beautiful part of India which is always being fought over… but at this time there was no fighting. These two young people (a boy and girl aged 16 years) were coming home from an errand… It was late afternoon and as they climbed over the stoney path up the hillside (which was very beautiful with a waterfall, and butterflies and beautifully coloured flowers - use your imagination to picture it) they had to pass the 'Holy Man’s' hermitage - a small cabin on the edge of the waterfall. This Holy Man lived alone, spoke to no-one, meditated, and sometimes gave advice to the people of the local villages. They tried to hurry past very quietly, so that the Holy Man would not see them… and as they were passing, and thought they had 'done it' the Holy Man came out to see them! They were terrified! They had heard so many stories of the Holy Man, about how he was very still, had magic powers and how he had changed so many people by just talking to them. They bowed down to the ground as they had been taught to by their parents when they met an “old person”



He didn’t say anything to them at first, but stretched out his hand, picked up two large clay rocks and gave one firstly to the boy, then the girl. He said “May Allah go with you” smiled and turned his back and went into his tiny hut.

Neither the boy or girl said anything; they were scared stiff… they just walked on quickly passed the hut and round the side of the hill, passed the other side of the waterfall…

When they were out of the Holy Man’s sight, the boy turned to the girl and said "What do I want with this mucky rock” and threw it away down the hill…



The girl, being a little more thoughtful, said to herself “my mum goes to see the Holy Man and he has helped her lots of times. He wouldn’t give this to me for nothing. I’m not throwing it away”… and she kept it…



They went down the other side of the hill and came to a small river on the flat land, which flowed through their village . They said “goodbye” and arranaged to meet the next day. The girl had to cross the stream to get to her house… As she stepped over the stepping stones across the river, she slipped, lost her balance, tried to jump to the other side of the stream, and the rock, flew out of her hand.



It landed on the other side, but smashed itself open… and guess what….



Inside was a huge DIAMOND…



So what about the young man?? How do you think he felt? What do you think he would have done?



I love this story, because it makes me think about LIFE… What is the greatest gift I have… LIFE, like the Diamond can be thrown away or can be kept and treasured and cleaned up and shone and made into the most beautiful precious thing… and here at Bosco that is what we want to help you do for yourself - help you to find your diamond and to make it shine…



You could discuss this story for ever, but if you want some more answers or ideas about it, ask me.

Sr. Cecily – Director