Rev. Fr. Melvin Lobo, SJ
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” This quote by Greek philosopher – Aristotle – emphasises the fact that Education must not be restricted to accumulation of knowledge at the intellectual level but must also lead to the formation of a complete human person. Education must encompass learning at three different levels – head, heart and hands. Jesuit educational institutions all over the world prepare students for life by providing opportunities for holistic development.
‘CuraPersonalis’ – care of the entire person is the essence of Jesuit Education. At SJPUC, a premier Jesuit Educational institution in Bengaluru, we ensure that our students not only strive to achieve academic excellence but also imbibe inthe right values that transform them into leaders of tomorrow – for the service of others in the society. The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola – the founder of Society of Jesus inspires each one of us to find God in all things and help us to over come selfish attitudes and develop other centeredness.
Rev Fr Arthuro Sosa Abascal SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus during his recent visit to St Joseph’s institutions in Bengaluru, addressed all our collaborators on the occasion of the Institution day. He highlighted on the immediate need of the hour - Protection of our Environment.He urged the collaborators to instil ecological sensitivity in our studetns and to use all the means and avenues available to ensure that we save ‘nature’ which is God’s precious gift to us.
After having gone through the process of reflection on the theme of eco sensitisation and environmental protection, we must develop a sense of respect and reverence for mother nature and that should lead us towards an attitudinal change. ‘The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.', said Mahatma Gandhiji. Our attitude in sharing the abundance of nature with others will make us harbingers of peace and justice in our common home. We must realise our responsibility as co-creators with God, and allow the divine spirit to work through us to make this world a beautiful and healthy place to live in, for this generation as well as the generations to come.