USA/MEXICO – Bishops: “We must not divert our attention from the essential task of education. Peace is possible. Education to build it is a priority.”
MEXICO CITY (Agenzia Fides) – At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, the Bishop of Mexico, in a common message, called on teachers, parents, students, society at large, and all those involved in education: I would like to express my gratitude.” And to create, it is as important as accompanying each person individually, ecologically and socially in the development of their physical and mental capacities (intelligence, will, affection, memory, imagination, collective power). Respect and remember that there is no humanitarian activity. A fraternal, cooperative and responsible civilization”.
In the “complex situation” facing the country, the bishops point out the need to respect some fundamental points in educational action.Quoting Pope Francis, they told people
In accordance with his appeal, concluding so-called educational agreements in each community “strengthens the essential bond between leaders, teachers, parents and students with warm threads that weave together solidarity, compassion and creativity.” Aimed at”. Given the crisis in general, this should help find new avenues in relationships.
“The effects of globalization and the pandemic are forcing us to restructure our lives with a focus on freedom, justice, truth and love,” warned the bishops. This should not cloud our horizons, but we should focus our passions and desires on concrete, solidarity-based and achievable projects. Evil can only be overcome by good. Fire is fire. You can’t erase it with .
Bishops, therefore, educate with faith, hope and charity in their daily striving for gentle and effective change that overcomes the cultural tides of death, abuse, corruption, incompetence, environmental and social degradation. Emphasizes the urgent need to activate. , present in many parts of our Mexico. Peace is a gift and a duty. Peace is possible. Education for construction is a priority.
Referring to the encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” and the exhortation to practice in society the teachings of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, this message is to help our brothers, especially our youngest sons, to heal, heal and take on the difficult situation. invite us “Children and young people ask us for our care and companionship in a thousand ways,” emphasize the bishops. “Do not distract us from the essential task of education, to breathe life into new generations and to bring them up in full respect of their dignity, freedom of thought, conscience and integrity.”
The bishops reiterated the urgency of listening to and engaging with young people, especially those who have dropped out of school, stating that “in any political, economic, ideological or social project, education should not be taken as a booty or It should not be viewed as an instrument of power.
“Education is an act of love, generosity and gratuitousness.” Therefore, they call on governments and society to work together to maximize social participation in shaping the country’s education and training.
The message concludes by urging teachers to contribute “more than ever, with patience, generosity and talent.” Parent participation in school. Authorities, entrepreneurs, social and political leaders “reinvigorate the path of sustainable development, based on dialogue, peacebuilding, human, inclusive and solidarity in all educational spaces”. (SL ) (Agenzia Fides, August 29, 2022)