sabato 11 febbraio 2017


       " ...........In this horizon of evangelization, I wish to share with you some expectations.
     First of all, in face of an invasive individualism, which renders us humanly poor and culturally sterile, it is necessary to humanize education. The school and the university make full sense only in relation to the formation of the person. All educators are called to collaborate in this process of human growth, with their professionalism and with the richness of humanity of which they are bearers, to help young people to be builders of a more supportive and pacific world. Even more, Catholic educational institutions have the mission to offer horizons open to transcendence. Gravissimum educationis recalls that education is at the service of an integral humanism and that the Church, as Mother Teacher, looks always at the new generations in the perspective of the “formation of the human person, be it in view of his ultimate end be it for the good of the various societies, of which man is a member and in which, on becoming an adult, he will have tasks to perform” (n. 1).
    Another expectation is that the culture of dialogue will grow. Our world has become a global village with multiple processes of interaction, where every person belongs to humanity and shares the hope of a better future with the entire family of peoples. At the same time, unfortunately, there are so many forms of violence, poverty, exploitation, discrimination, marginalization –restrictive approaches to fundamental liberties that create a disposable culture. In this context the Catholic educational institutes are called, in the front line, to practice the grammar of dialogue that forms to encounter and appreciation of the cultural and religious diversities. Dialogue, in fact, educates when a person relates with respect, esteem, sincerity in listening and expresses himself with authenticity, without obfuscating or mitigating his identity nourished by evangelical inspiration. We are encouraged by the conviction that the new generations, educated in a Christian way to dialogue, will come out of the school and university classrooms motivated to build bridges and, hence, to find new answers to the many challenges of our time. In a more specific sense, the schools and universities are called to teach a method of intellectual dialogue geared to the search for truth. Saint Thomas was and still is teacher in this method, which consists in taking the other, the interlocutor, seriously, seeking to thoroughly understand his reasons, his objections, to be able to respond not superficially but in an appropriate way. Only thus can we truly advance together in knowledge of the truth.
     There is a last expectation that I would like to share with you: the contribution of education in sowing hopeMan cannot live without hope and education is generator of hope. In fact, it is a making something be born, it is making something grow, it is placed in the dynamic of giving life. And the life that is born is the most gushing source of hope; a life inclined to the search of the beautiful, of the good, of the true and of communion with others for a common growth. I am convinced that today’s young people have, above all, need for this life that builds a future. Therefore, the true educator is like a father or a mother that transmits a life capable of a future. To have this temper one must listen to young people: the “labor of the ear.” To listen to young people! And we will do so in particular with the forthcoming Synod of Bishops dedicated to them. Education, then, has in common with hope the same “cloth” of risk. Hope is not a superficial optimism, not even the capacity to look at things benevolently, but first of all it is being able to risk in the right way, precisely like education....... "

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