“Listening to God in the voice of the migrant” (Cf. Es 3,7-10)
In a dialectical movement between faith and life, we have felt challenged to walk in this direction with audacity, sensitive to the pain of migrants, to reconfirm the precise choice of our Blessed Founder Giovanni Battista Scalabrini in a world still governed by unjust laws and powers oppressive.
Today’s challenge is to approach new migrations, opening our eyes to its causes and asking whether our testimony should no longer be denouncing social injustices and denying human rights. In order to respond more effectively to this challenge, we have understood the value of internationality as a possibility of communion between different people, but in a journey that must go towards interaction “, to allow all cultures to be visible.
For this reason, we intend to encourage interprovincial, inter-congregational and LMS collaboration not only as a strategy for the mission, but as a requirement that comes from God himself. Together we need to listen to God and to the signs of the times, to an increased perception of what is happening in today’s history; and we need the gift of the Spirit to be able to fulfill our prophetic mission, as evangelizers, in a credible and effective way. There is a model in this Fr Giuseppe Marchetti: “To pray to God with prayer … to learn from God what we must do in every situation …”.
We live in a globalized world, with intense human mobility, which signals great changes. a missionary and prophetic pastoral response, which makes qualify our actions in the various initiatives in being with and for the migrant. This necessitates the reorganization of the life of our institute in view of an integrated action between the custody of the faith and the defense of the rights of migrants and refugees.
Our presence, where human life is relegated to the frontiers and intersections of human existence, promotes a “Samaritan” intercultural Church for every man and woman on the move. In this sense the migrant is the theological place of the Scalabrinian mission, participates in the paschal mystery, for which death and resurrection create a new humanity, where there is no longer a slave or a foreigner (cfr. EMCC, 18).