– Fr.Aquilino Bocos
It is at the invitation of Fr. General that I am undertaking an exercise in the corporate memory of the General Chapters held after the Council. I have in mind these words of Sören Kierkegaard who said that “life can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards”.
I. THE COUNCIL, EVENT OF GRACE
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. It was opened on 11 October 1962 by John XXIII. When asked for the objective he wanted to get from the Council, he opened the window toward St. Peter’s square and said: “The Council will do this: that a little fresh air will enter in the Church”. That happy day began the “aggiornamento”, “the new spring”, “New Pentecost”, for the Church as had been indicated by the good Pope on other occasions. The Church began a parable of renewal returning to “the pure and simple lines of the origins” in freedom and charity.