It is a great joy for me to participate with you in this Second Seminar, since we will be going more deeply in our understanding of two themes which are of great interest to me: Catholic education and the spirituality of the Blood of Christ. The mystery of Christ’s Blood is very rich in meaning and it is important to discover its contribution to each area of the Church’s pastoral activity. This Seminar provides us with the opportunity to deepen the theme of the spirituality of the Precious Blood in the specific field of catholic education.
Another distinguishing aspect of this Seminar is its “international character”, expressed in the presence of delegations from several countries and continents. This fact reminds us that we are not alone in our daily efforts and that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, of something which transcends geographic and linguistic frontiers. We belong to that great family of educators who labor under the banner of Christ’s Precious Blood.
I would like to repeat the words of Mr. Ricardo Burrows in his closing address to the First Seminar in Santiago, Chile: “Thank you (oh God), for seeing a dream come true: that of a gathering of brothers and sisters, united by a spirituality and a common vocation, at the service of God’s Project.”