A doctor spends years learning the procedures and studying about the latest medicines in the market, but he only comes face to face with the real healer in himself while meeting with the actual patients. Being involved in the Theology Students Association (or Għ.S.T. as it is more likely known) has opened me more to this reality. I can appreciate more my studies at University now that I get to put them into practice also through my involvement, both with students participating in other organisations and also with the students who attend the activities we organise. Theology only makes sense when, like every other science, it is used as a tool to give people another language with which they can communicate.
Għ.S.T.’s aims are straightforward: representation, formation, social interaction, and active participation. They immediately show that what we are looking for is simply ‘giving from what we have to those who are in need of it, being it in the form of material, spiritual or intellectual help’. Throughout the year, we focus on giving formation to both members and non-members by organising various lectures which, more than the passing on of knowledge, inspire the participants to do something for society. We also represent theology students in the best way possible in the various board meetings which the Faculty of Theology holds, we facilitate social interaction between students themselves and also with the lecturers and staff of our faculty, and we also organise activities in which students are actively involved so that together we become more aware of being the working hand of God for those who need it most.
I strongly encourage students to involve themselves while pursuing their studies. Do not see involvement as a hurdle in your studies but as an eye-opener to the world outside of University. Benjamin Franklin’s words seem to fit here: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”