In an increasingly complex society…
Our young people are witness to how one seems to have many opportunities, but also to be forced to compete and win in many areas of their lives. This is no less a consequence of the dizzying speed of social change, which has contributed to weakening human ties and has fostered a society that educates, among other things, in a “culture of success” that makes us more competitive, less collaborative and less empathetic. It seems that only I matter, only what is mine matters, that I have this or that and, if possible, exclusively.
Many young people live in the result of that self so extended that reproduces highly destructive thoughts and feelings… “nobody cares about me; I’m useless, my opinion doesn’t count, I feel invisible or I feel alone”. In the same way, many others are affected by growing up in dysfunctional family environments, suffering experiences that unfortunately they should not have at their ages.
Is the motto that our schools uphold this course and that is made up of two words that can create change and that contain a strong power, the power to make the other feel that they are listened to, valued, integrated, respected , accompanied… and what is more important, loved.
Let’s start by putting the person at the center, something that Jesus, Master of humanity, teaches us in the Gospel (He always puts people in need at the center), something that Saint Nazaria also did in her desire to dignify the poor to bring about change.
Let’s take their example and bet on people, let’s accompany those realities that our children, young people and families live because they are the ones that matter. That our Educational Pastoral be the engine of that change that bets on the neighbor, how?; Perhaps the solution is to start with small gestures of love between each other, with authentic words like “You matter”.
Hopefully this motto not only accompanies us in this academic year, but also in all the following ones, reminding us that if we replace ME with YOU, we will be advancing on the path of the extension of the Kingdom!
Enrique Aybar Criville