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The Netherlands: "Like a disciple of Peter"

The presentation of the Dutch translation of Carrón's book "Education. Communicating One’s Self ". The Rector of Erasmus University Rotterdam and a headteacher from Liverpool were in dialogue with the author.
Laurens Peeters

On April 24, an online presentation of the Dutch translation of Julián Carrón’s book Education. Communicating One’s Self took place.

For me, the moderator of the evening, it was special to take part in the conversation between Julián Carrón, Van der Duyn Schouten, Rector of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Hans van Mourik Broekman, a high-school headteacher in Liverpool, England.

Looking back on the evening, I liken my experience to that of one of Peter's disciples who saw him talking to those he met. After years leading several universities and advising the government on education, Van der Duyn was the first speaker to share his faith-inspired wisdom on education with us. Van der Duyn, a great intellectual and administrator, was at first somewhat reserved, but then he became increasingly attentive and curious, encouraged by the words of Hans and Carrón.

Hans van Mourik Broekman

Hans spoke compellingly, and with infectious cheerfulness, about the risk that he, a successful headteacher, has been willing to take with his school, his teachers, and his students since he discovered the charism of CL. And he wants to learn how to do this from Carrón.

They are two great personalities, both with great resumes. Their attitude amazes me and at the same time they really help me to verify that our charism can really "conquer the whole world". If they want to work on this hypothesis with such responsibility, how much more seriously should I take it?

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When Carrón spoke, therefore, it was almost a novelty for me to hear that "my heart can be a burning place." I can really make people constantly perceive that what might normally be understood as a poetic phrase or the explanation of an attitude – which is therefore fleeting – is actually my criterion. I think of Peter because from my attitude of amazement as I watch these "adults" listen to Carrón, it becomes immediately clear to me that what strikes me about Carrón is that he really shows us a path in which a beautiful phrase, an intuition almost, can become a constant, daily work. You can see that Carrón does a daily, constant work of verification, as Peter did before and after the Ascension.