Monday 17 March, the Chapter began its fourth week. This includes the time of the pilgrimage to the Salesian places and the time of Retreat.
As usual at the beginning of a new week, the Rector Major spoke to take stock of the situation : “It is important to continue to maintain this atmosphere of serenity, sharing, prayer and work, and to do all things well as we approach the elections. This makes us confident that this week we will be able to approve in good time the more urgent proposals of the Juridical Commission (the ones that need the approval of the Holy See), and complete a first draft of the chapter document before we enter the week of discernment and the elections.”
With an eye to the future, Fr Chávez invited the Chapter members “to be more incisive and courageous in drawing up the broad lines for the future of the Congregation, especially in identifying the way forward, so that we will really be in tune with the model of the outgoing missionary Church that Pope Francis dreams of. This dream will be possible if pastoral workers are thoroughly renewed, and become true missionary disciples. Personal conversion on its own is not enough. There must also be pastoral and structural conversion, but pastoral and structural conversion is impossible without personal conversion.”
It therefore becomes necessary to make a “renewed choice for Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospels, the God-Man. It is a choice for truth, humanity and service, free of any compromise, which will help us to discover God (quaerere Deum) through an intense experience of God in Jesus, and to discover humanity (hominem quaerere) through charity and mercy towards our confreres and the young people. ”
This is a reality to be lived in a culture that “tends to promote ways of being and living that are contrary to the nature and dignity of the human person. (…) Our pastoral work of education must help to transform this society.”
Discussion followed and then a straw vote on the method of election of the councillors for the various sectors and the regional councillors. Other proposals were also presented on some of the tasks of this General Chapter: review of the entire structure of the General Council, evaluation of the animation structures and central government of the Congregation, rethinking the organization and structure of the departments of the Salesian mission (Youth Ministry, Missions, Social Communications).
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