By Bro Mariano Di Vito, OFM Cap.
In Pope Francis’ homily given on 2 February 2017, addressed to all religious, he used the word “dream” at least ten times. He spoke of the dream of their founding fathers and mothers, the dream of their elders, the dream of the younger generations, and the dream of all those, even if not many still numerous, who have not given up on the greenest of all virtues, hope.
Yet that aspiration to go beyond ourselves, to venture into unknown territories, seems to have fallen out of fashion.
It has become the past instead, the already seen, the safety of boundaries and the protection of walls that more and more frequently occupy the agendas of governments and political powers in the many different parts of the world.
Undoubtedly the worries and the fears of failure are many, and the temptations to make do with little, to hold on to what we already have, “to be prudent” as the saying goes, loom large with their promises of safety. We want nothing too adventurous, no leaps in the dark!
The men and women who traced out new paths, opened fresh vistas, built bridges and who,...