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Synod on Youth: mgr. Galantino, “If it tends to self-preservation, the Church is not responding to its call”

“If it tends to self-preservation, the Church is not responding to its call”. This was said by the general secretary of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), mgr. Nunzio Galantino, who in Rome this morning officiated the Eucharistic celebration for the opening of the second day of the workshop for theology teachers and pastoral assistants organised by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. “Wisdom lies in a smart heart. Youth, university and discernment” is the subject of the workshop, and mgr. Galantino spoke precisely of discernment. “Nowadays, there’s a lot of talk about discernment. It is not a subjective fancy, it is the result of prayer and of the encounter with the Lord – he pointed out –. When in our life there is no passion for what we are asked to do or for the role we are given, it means He is not with us”. Then, the prelate looked at the mission of the Church: “Jesus’s Church is not for perfect people or for a class that is called to judge or condemn”. And he quoted Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium to explain that “sometimes we behave as watchers of grace, not as facilitators”. Then, mgr. Galantino called everyone to “start to count not those who are in, but those who are out, often kept out of our choices and of our language”.



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