Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Thursday, 1 September 2022

"Being commensurate with those of unwavering will"

Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader :

"Magnanimity"  in Arabic language  implies enthusiasm and zeal, while "determination" implies rushing to help brethren and family. We, in Jordan, have incorporated all these terms in one term, namely "nashmi", which means a brave and courageous person who helps others, especially in times of distress, and it has become closely synonymous with the word ”Jordanian".


We have recently witnessed sporadic "impulsive reactions" when a number of citizens responded to distress calls for fulfilling various humanitarian needs. Furthermore, light has been shed on several success stories of high school students who have excelled by attaining impressive results, at a time when they were experiencing difficult financial conditions, among others.


With words expressing the reality of the humanitarian media, it is to noted that the media which sheds light on the human suffering, problems, basic needs, and calls for being “magnanimous” towards the needy is at the gist of the healthy and correct media work. The media, in its traditional form as well as modern media or rather social media, has never been intended to create strife among people, but rather to unite them on goodness, beauty, kindness, and humanity as well as on launching magnanimous initiatives.


As we are at the onset of the new school year, these issues are also at the core of integrated education or rather the integrated humanitarian development. The schools are no longer merely designed  to teach the curricula prepared by specialized committees, but it  rather goes beyond that to activate the values ​​of magnanimity. This is not only achieved by organizing school activities and trips, but also by teaching students the crux of humanitarian work, the values ​​of voluntary work, and the beauty of work that does not await any return.


Students learn during religious education classes the contents of Holy Books which elucidate love and support for others. Afterwards, teachers may conduct competitions relevant to the initiatives that students may undertake in academic education so that they can apply what they learn in classrooms in real life by extending a helping hand to the needy, the poor, and the sick.


 The field of humanitarian work and the application of magnanimity have many ways which have been expressed by our grand people through numerous initiatives launched during this busy summer. We definitely thank God for the blessing of the prevailing  security and stability that always enable us to carry out our human responsibilities in summer and winter through the numerous initiatives that express love and social solidarity. But we now need to introduce these initiatives to become part of our daily life, and not only confine them to "impulsive reactions" and to include them in the daily school curricula, rather than just being merely confined to increasing marks relevant to  extracurricular activities. We now need to make them part of our daily life, rather than being subject to impulsive reaction.


With best wishes for a fruitful academic year to our dear students, we reiterate that while being commensurate with those of unwavering will, our determination comes forth.