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The Pope Emphasizes the Importance of Education in the New Context of Our Age

In 07 Observations on 2013/03/01 at 9:11 AM

The Pope focused on the theme of education, one of the principal challenges of our times and which today is located “in a context in which the evolution of ways of life and forms of knowledge create human, cultural, social and spiritual ruptures hitherto unknown in the history of humanity”.

In this regard, he also mentioned that social networks “tend to substitute natural social and communicative spaces, often becoming the only point of reference for information and knowledge. The family and schools no longer appear to be the primary or most natural fertile ground where younger generations receive the lifeblood of their existence. … Schools and universities seem to have become incapable of creative projects leading to a transcendental teleology able to attract young people in the very depths of their being. … Today’s world and its responsible adults are not able to provide them with the necessary points of reference”.

The Holy Father asked whether the dysfunction of certain institutions and services, both public and private, can be explained “by an inadequately provided and received education”, and went on to invite the governments of the nations represented by the ambassadors “to contribute courageously to the advancement of humanity, favouring the education of the new generations through the promotion of a healthy anthropology, the essential basis for all true education, and consonant with our common natural heritage. This task must take as its starting point a sober review of the various problems that exist within your respective countries, where certain political and economic policies may risk a gradual erosion of your anthropological and spiritual heritages, which have been refined through the centuries and patiently constructed on foundations that respect the essence of the human person in all its variety and in perfect harmony with the cosmos”. The Pope continued, “I again urge your governments to have the courage to strengthen and consolidate the moral authority – the call to a coherent way of life – necessary for a genuine and healthy education for the younger generations”.

“The right to an education in correct values can be neither denied nor neglected. The duty to educate in these values must never be limited or weakened by any form of national or supranational political interest. Therefore it is essential to educate in and about the truth: … the truth about mankind, about creation, about institutions, and so on. Alongside education in the righteousness of the heart and mind, the young also need, now more than ever, to be educated in the meaning of effort and perseverance in the face of difficulty. They need to recognise that all human action must be responsible and coherent with the desire for the infinite, and that this action should form a part of their growth, with a view to developing a humanity that is increasingly fraternal and free from the temptations of individualism and materialism”.

Vatican Information Service #121213

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St. Ignatius Loyola by Fr. Reid

In 05 Homilies by Fr. Reid on 2011/05/19 at 9:19 AM

• In the left transept of the church in Rome known as “il Gesu”, i.e., the Church of the Holy Name Jesus, is one of the most elaborate and beautiful tombs in all of Rome.

• Decorated with lapis and marble, this tomb is the final resting place of one of the Church’s most illustrious sons: St. Ignatius of Loyola.

• St. Ignatius, as you probably know, is the founder of the Society of Jesus, the religious order more popularly known as the Jesuits.

• While there is much to appreciate about the life of St. Ignatius and the amazing contributions the Jesuits have made to the life of the Church in the past 450 years, what I admire most about St. Ignatius is simply the way that he came to love our Lord.

• As a young man Ignatius was a soldier and a member of the royal court in the Kingdom of Castile. There the young Ignatius quickly developed a taste for all the luxuries and vanities that were available to him.

• At the age of 30, during a battle with the French in the city of Pamplona, Ignatius was wounded by a cannon ball and was forced to spend many long weeks recuperating at his home castle in Loyola. Read the rest of this entry »