28. CHART OF VALUES OF ENGIM
The history of the ENGIM coincides with the history of the Congregation: we need to go to the Artigianelli where Murialdo, with his collaborators, is teaching a profession, since having a job means to secure one’s lives. Murialdo used to say: “to have a job is like owning a farm”.
For this reason we find in the Engim the josephan characteristics of education such as: the family spirit, the centrality of the boy, the exercise of listening and the educational dialogue, to be an educational community (all together beyond the specific role of each). Young people must be educated to solidarity, to communion in the Church and to legality in society. Finally, education in the ENGIM is to provide professional experiences and sharing, in the exercise of good practices, in the awareness that life is a school, but that a true school is already life.
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28. CHART OF VALUES OF ENGIM
Reading the signs of the times
Let us analyze the words that gave birth to a charism and to a family…
“It is now time for a fight. Nowadays (1850) for defending and saving souls, the clergy must, as always, have knowledge , holiness, charity, but also conquer public opinion with propaganda and defense of the truth … lay and religious persons listening to the needs of society and as a consequence to show interest, to present themselves as friends, to get lessons from poverty and from the poor. Care of the poor, of children, of youths of the working class is offered through the “oratori”, the schools, the “patronato” for apprentices ; but what is done for young workers entering into the working world ? Since there is no association for them, why not set up a union of catholic workers taking care of them, during sickness, unemployment, in the education, in the work, keeping and reviving in them the religious spirit and the Christian practice? From the first Union more will be born!”
These were the words of Leonard Murialdo in his early twenties, insights still contemporary and to be maintained alive, by actualizing them and translating them into activities suitable for young people and modern society, as he suggested: “to read the signs of the times “.
The educational family
The family spirit is the main feature of the activity of the Josephites: every missionary, pastoral, educational and training activity should be impregnated with.
The educational Community is formed by the religious community, by lay people, by young people and their families belonging to the various institutes of the Congregation.
His action, fully shared by all members is geared toward, the service of children and youngsters as integral growth particularly through the building up of esteem, affection and cooperation: such values have been translated into a page that has become well known among the Josephites “of one thought, of one heart, unity of action and friendship”
It is a family style characterized by:
– total gift of himself entirely to youths ;
– sweetness in feelings, in words and behavior, motivated by the certainty that God loves each one tenderly ;
– patience, born from the belief that God is merciful love, from the realistic understanding of youths, being able to wait their maturity;
– the humble and hidden work that affects like a drop on the rock;
– the commitment in “doing rightly what is right.”
The boy in the center
The human, spiritual, cultural and professional formation of the boys and youngsters is the hinge and the meeting point of every initiative of the educational Murialdine community.
The centrality of the person, in the educational, formative and pastoral work of Murialdo, assumes that all operators believe in the potential of every young person, giving them the best opportunities for personal and professional growth, in respect of their aptitudes and interests. To center the educational work on the boy is putting in place a preventive pedagogy, so that none of them can fall at the mercy of ephemeral values. The pedagogy of prevention has a meaning and an exponential significance only if the concrete principle of cooperation between the boy and educator is established “Together we can.” Or “Together it can be done.”
The centrality of the boy assumes the prerequisite of appropriate facilities, tools and technologies in order to accompany him in the evolution of his personal and professional experience.
In this sense, the attention of the training and formative educator, based on the testimony of life at Community level, will tend to bring out the richness inherent in every child, especially in the most timid and “poor”, and will aim in their maturation process, to integrate the capacity of faith together with human and professional capacity.
While young people are the protagonists in the realization of their life project, the educating community is called to a new evangelization as joyful and faithful witnesses.
The needs of today’s youths
Today’s children and youths need to be heard and get strong responses to their needs: these will provide a secure support to their integral growth.
“Young people are particularly at risk of being deceived by the glamour of modern secular culture. Yet, as all hopes, from the largest to the smallest seem at first sight to promise much, it turns out to be a false hope and tragically, disillusionment often leads to depression and despair, and even suicide. ”
The reality of today’s youth, characterized by such suggestions of risk and great potential that do not always have the opportunity to express themselves, can be described by the following needs and requirements:
– Of certainties and securities
“to give them firm points of reference “;
– To believe in themselves and in their potential: ” to support them in questioning themselves in order to recognize their own strength and those evolving;
– In respect of the gradualism of their growth: “to assure them that we love them as they are at this particular stage”;
– To have the opportunity to learn from the successes “to make them experience the loveliness of what is beautiful, of what is good and great through their own success and the success of others”;
– The right to a secure future “to invite them to be lovers of a culture that promotes legality, peace, justice , work in order to play an active role in the society of knowledge “;
– to believe in values “to help them move away from what is ephemeral, from what flatters, to urge them to be and not to appear”.
Young people need to be heard and therefore the educators have to be loving, patient, committed and trained in order to meet the challenge of having young people who “welcome, help, feel inserted, feel loved, open to dialogue and to hope”.
The educational community
The Josephan educational community owns a precious gift: the teaching and the experience of Murialdo. Reutilized in the boy and the young man they constitute an inexhaustible source everyone can draw at.
The human, educational, training and religious values of Murialdo, that retain their full meaning can be reutilized according to the precise response to the needs of young people and as an help in training and spirituality for today’s youth. The educators assume, in all this, an exponential importance.
The values listed below form the substance of the “Chart”, which engage the entire educational community:
– Every young person is a gift from God , a treasure for society and, therefore, at the heart of all education as a whole
– Every young person has the right to a path of education and training, tailored to his abilities and interests, so that it can achieve educational, personal and professional success,
– Every young person has the right to make a life plan that includes and integrates the affective, human, cultural and professional aspects;
– Every young person has the right to be accepted like in a family and in a family atmosphere be accompanied toward autonomy and insertion in society;
– Every young person has the right to live the experience of a broader citizenship and civil coexistence that leads him to become an active citizen in society.
It stands as relevant, then, the whole action of guidance from the trainers, and not only that, but bearing in mind that: “The Chart considers, in the perspective of a lifelong education, the rapid change of social structures and the needs of the population, the rapid development of science and technology, the massive expansion of the media and the effective use of resources, in putting the individual in a position to be aware of his personal characteristics and to develop them in view of the choice of studies and trade or business, in every circumstance of life, with the dual consciousness of serving the development of society and the realization of one’s personality”.
In the Engim Institutions the young person is educated to solidarity through experiences geared at:
– to live the extension of the service by developing reading skills and knowledge of the problems and of marginalization in his own territory;
– to give practical, competent and lasting answers to the needs of the brothers, such as transparency and a sign of love
– To discover the “perverse dynamics” producing marginalization and injustice
– To be present in the social community through the ability to collaborate with everyone;
– To develop a sense of respect for life and safeguard of creation;
– to educate themselves to the global community (brotherhood, solidarity, peace…)
The young person is aided in living the ecclesial community, through experiences leading:
– to experiment the evangelical value of the community
– to share “God’s wonders”;
– to engage in dialogue, collaboration and leadership with a clear awareness of belonging to “the well united murialdine family” in a particular church , in communion with the universal mission
In the belief that progress in spirituality, education and culture is a continuous journey.
The method of the murialdine encounter
The Josephan community does not wait to be sought: it seeks the encounter, it dialogues, it listens, helps to grow, respects, gives witness and waits for the seed to bear fruit.
The values described in the “Chart”, as a response to the needs of today’s youths, must be “embodied” and constantly updated by those who continue the charism of the founder, i.e. the educational community, entirely committed to the path that leads the youth to his full human and professional development.
The religious, lay people, the educators and trainers, despite having developed over time methods and tools for welcoming and training, will have to continuously adapt the methodology according to the following main guidelines.
– The youth is at the center of the educational activity, with his richness in all aspects and the educators “need to know his character and morality”;
– to reach out to youths, knowing how to welcome them with all their problems, difficulties and riches;
– to know how to communicate with youths, without imposing one’s own truth, but to make it emerge from their experience,
– to be significant in their affective, cultural and educational messages so as to induce deep convictions in youths;
to bring to maturity the motivations inherent in young people, distinguishing them critically for a motivated and deep choice in their path of life;
– to comply with the gradual growth of youngsters:: the evolution of their own learning method, the acquisition of convictions, the freedom of their choices;
– to concretely live the choice of educational programs, aimed at the acquisition of particular values by young people, by following the boys in a personalized and individualized manner.
– to be witnesses of the human and Christian message, respecting different cultures and different backgrounds
– to create the conditions for continuous training of teachers, both lay and religious, for a profound re-motivation of their ideals of service and response to the charism;
– to be able to offer to youngsters a quality of life through a serene educational environment;
– to be able to be in the educational activity among the young ones friend, brother and father
Finally: to have in their educational activity the characteristic “of being extraordinary in the ordinary’; modelled on Saint Joseph and on the family of Nazareth
Murialdo is a person, a saint, who lives in his sons, in his educational community scattered in the world, operating a slow but deep change. He is a model, a guide, a support, a companion in life’s journey.
His insights are living , always rich of new ferments,
His institutions are living ;
His example, capable of attracting other young people to follow his steps, is alive;
His holiness lives recognized by the Church on May 3, 1970.
He lives in the Josephites of Murialdo, the religious family founded by him on March 19. 1873, with the aim of living among youths: the Josephites follow God’s call, retracing the footsteps of the founder: here they are at work in schools, vocational training centers , youth groups, parishes, missions, shelters, near those youths most in need of friendship and solidarity.
Furthermore Murialdo lives in the feminine religious family the Murialdine of St.Joseph, founded in 1953 by Father Luis Casaril: they carry out their apostolate among the poor youths and in favor of needy families.
Murialdo lives in the Murialdo secular Institute, an association of lay persons in Brazil, formed by individuals who dedicate themselves to God and strive to live a secular spirituality and the charism of Murialdo.
In lay people, women and men, who made the charism of Murialdo their own.
Murialdo still lives in all the realities inspired to Murialdo.
These realities are actually complementary and as such, present themselves as e Family in order to give an image and a coherent and living testimony of fraternity and cooperation.