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Second day of the Plenary Council

At the second day of the Plenary Council, the liturgy was cerebrated in Italian. In his homily, p. Angelo Gentile, Minister Provincial of the Province of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy, pointed out that the friars in their works and projects must be directed and focused on the Kingdom of Heaven. It could easily happen that the religious in the various apostolates could forget that they work in the name of their own province, the Church and Order, building their own kingdom. To avoid this, we look to St. Angela Merici, whose memorial we celebrate today. Through her charity shown in her works, she manifested the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we too, if focused on Christ, will build the Kingdom.

In the plenary session, the presenter of the Plenary Council, p. Joseph Benedict Mathias, SJ, has continued with the theme of the previous day, that is a New pedagogy for human development.

Guidelines for an integral human formation must be understood by the Director to assist the formee. The primary formator is the Holy Spirit, but the second is the formee. The Director is a guide who accompanies the formee on his growth filled journey.

Documents of the Church (Optatam Totius, Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the priesthood, Pastores Dabo Vobis) speaking on the discernment of candidates for the priesthood were cited. In these documents, there are several common elements such as the freedom of the person, the maturity of the candidate, the ability to take decisions and to correct himself, mental and physical health of the candidate and so on.

At the end of the report p. Benedict gave 20 recommendations to improve the work of trainers, their relationship with the candidates and human development of the candidates.

First of all, he emphasized that the Formator should not be concerned with looking for people to work in the provinces, but must request the candidates to follow Christ through the religious life. For candidates well formed, preparation is required in professional areas but first one is anchored in Jesus Christ.

During the fraternal meeting at 9 PM, a celebration of the 64th birthday of p. Thomas Kochuchira, Vice Province of St. Louis in India was held.