Saturday 30 January 2016

Ongoing formation, perseverance and fidelity

Amadeo Cencini spoke for almost two hours this morning, in one of the aulae of the Lateran University, Rome, on ongoing formation, formazione permanente. A volcano. When he began, it was so casual that no one realized he had begun. The first remark: the difference between perseverance and fidelity. A distinction that Tony D'Souza had drawn for us young prenovices, I think, years and years ago, one of those distinctions that remain in the head: not enough to persevere, not enough to say, I want to die a Salesian; what is important is fidelity. But Cencini added a fresh new note: fidelity, he said, is relational, whereas perseverance is not necessarily so, could very well tend to be something that I decide to do for myself. Fidelity, relational: wonderful. Just like the difference between Choice and Call: the latter is utterly relational, the former is not, and is very much a phenomenon of the individual-centred individualistic culture spawned in the modern West.


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