India - Give the best to those who have the least
(ANS - New Delhi 15 February 2007) - Addressing the Salesians of Chhotanagpur region of Delhi Province on the second day of his visit, Rector Major Pascual Chavez exhorted the Salesians gathered in Don Bosco, Kokar, Ranchi, 'o give the best to those who received the least'. He appreciated 'he great sensitivity to the poor visible in the Salesian Presences in India'. Exhorting the Salesians to 'be educators in all that we do', he reminded them that pictures don't change history but persons do. Underlining the importance of the primacy of God in all that we do, he reiterated that 'we are not mere social workers'. While commenting on the decline of religious vocations in Europe he said that it is a happy enthusiastic Salesian who will draw vocations. No impact if not passionate he added. He said that it is those religious groups having a strong conviction that they have something to offer to the world, that are enthusiastic and passionate, have ability to create community and have a very deep love for the Church - these are the ones thriving today. Successful groups work more as movements than as institutions, he said. In answer to a question on the contribution of the Salesians in India, he emphasised the need to establish institutes of higher learning with faculties of psychology, sociology, mass media and Salesian pedagogy.