To be merciful means to walk the path with fellow men trying to find out what they actually need, which is usually not what they ask for. To become a neighbour is a matter of heart.
With the above words and the question from the parable of the Good Samaritan teachers from St. Stanislav’s Institution tried to pursue the path to children, pupils and students who are entrusted to our care. It was the archbishop of Ljubljana Msgr. Stanislav Zore, who was the keynote speaker on the annual education day, which took place on 23rd August 2016. The director of St. Stanislav’s Institution dr. Roman Globokar emphasised the purpose of this day, which is to continue last year theme on the protection of the environment, pay respect to the holy year of mercy, deal with refugee crisis, consider Pope’s messages of encouragement and embody the mission statement of St. Stanislav’s Institution. This is to foster the integral personal growth of each individual in the community, guided by faith, hope and love and in dialogue with the world, with the goal of living fully for the betterment of the world. Both speakers encouraged teachers and educators to live the example of Samaritan: he listened to his heart ignoring the rules; he was not afraid of actually meeting the man who fell into the hands of robbers; and finally he did not leaveude the wounded man out, but stood by him.
“Who is my neighbour?” is the key question teachers and students in St. Stanislav’s Institution will try to answer in a variety of ways throughout the academic year 2016/17. The answer will especially come true in our everyday life, to which we are looking forward, as it is the most precious gift of God. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/