Justice is an equally important aspect of our education and faith formation. Every person is created in the image and likeness of God. We are acutely aware of the injustices perpetrated and perpetuated by various corrupt economic, political, social and cultural structures. In several areas, Tribals are grossly exploited and are deprived of natural justice. The world is increasingly polarized between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak, and along gender lines. People, especially the tribals and Dalits, who are displaced due to various reasons such as poverty and conflict of various kinds, cry out for justice. Our education and pastoral/social care must make us the voice of the voiceless millions.
I invite you to take this as a clarion call for our times and rise up to the challenges of defending the weak, the poor and the excluded in every walk of life. Therefore walking with the poor of the tea gardens in order to uplift them through education and through faith and character formation must assume primacy in your ministries. Let us educate people to act responsibly. The schools and the parishes need to help people develop critical minds that analyze situations, discern well and have strong, indomitable wills to act justly in faith.