Formation is a crucial responsibility
Formation is a crucial responsibility in our time that is characterized by the clarity of discernment, a courage backed by intelligence and a trust in the Spirit of God.
We recall the words of the Pope Benedict XVI: "It is indeed our duty to ask ourselves what kind of priest, or religious or lay person do we wish to form". The Gregorian University has to assume in a particular manner its commitment to the formation of the students, which is equally important for the future.
We need and we will continue to need men and women who live their faith as a commitment and hope in a society which is uncertain in itself, pervaded by doubt and fear; a society where people do not know what can or should be their future; we need men and women with deep inner life with God as the source of their lives who can give testimony to the Lord wherever they are scattered and rooted; we need men and women who have the passion to know and to understand.
We need not fear the intelligence insofar as it seeks rightness in that humility which always carries us further.
We need men and women who have lived and continue to live faith as the greater risk of a human life; a risk that ceaselessly leads and brings us back to Christ, who is always sought and followed, served and loved.
Fr. François-Xavier Dumortier SJ