In order to be a good educator, one must learn to communicate himself to the new generations: a witness from Mexico.

From the moment when I began to sense that God was calling me to be a priest, I did not feel a great attraction toward educating students. The idea of guiding them, especially those in middle school and highschool has not been very appealing. It could be that I had a difficult time in my teenage years, and so I could not see myself as an authority figure for others that could be facing some difficult challenges in their lives. In the seminary I met many brothers who, unlike myself, had almost a natural gift to be able to talk to young students and to create right away simple yet profound relationships, which is essential in teaching.
However, Lord Jesus always does what he wills. When I arrived in Mexico, the biggest need in our mission was teaching highschool and middle school students. I told myself that maybe it is not so important how suitable or prepared I am: in the end no one becomes a father before having children. Probably no one can be a good educator without first agreeing to enter the school of life and to be led to communicate oneself to the new generations.
This is how I got down to business: I asked myself, “How can I encounter the students, overcoming the anticlerical prejudice that is so wide spread?”, “How can I lead them to God?”, “Which activities should I offer other than guided talks, songs and prayers?”, “How can I help them to be faithful to our gatherings?”, “How can I provoke their interest without falling into superficial proposals?”, “How can I help them foster a mutual friendship among them?” Many questions arise in front of reality that wants precise answers; prepackaged solutions do not exist.
In these years, what I tried to do was to learn from the Fraternity of St. Charles. The years spent at our House of Formation in Rome have been a huge school of education, especial the charitable work. Bit by bit, I began to accept my limits and to say “yes” with simplicity. From the time when I began to do charitable work at Barca di Pietro [catechism with middle school students in Rome] with Father Luca Speziale, the desire to be with students, to get to know them and to guide them grew. Here in Mexico, I am continuing this path of conversion thanks to the presence of my brother priests in our house, discussions with them and the on-going education from the Fraternity and the Movement.
Today there are many children and students who come to our parish. Some highschool students became close friends with us, realizing the truth that we are trying to witness to them. Also the community of university students are growing, not only in number but especially their enthusiasm to live out their lives. I cannot but continue to thank God for all this and for the unexpected fatherhood that I am called to live.

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