João dos Santos Barbosa Neto – Dalla fede alla virtù: un cammino catechetico mistagogico di discernimento

L’integrazione tra la vita e la fede nel vissuto del giovane cristiano passa attraverso l’assimilazione progressiva dei contenuti della catechesi e dell’iniziazione all’esperienza del mistero vissuto nei sacramenti. La conoscenza di Gesù e il rapporto personale stabilito con lui sono due assi che non si oppongono ma che insieme formano la base fondamentale per una  autentica vita cristiana. Continue reading “João dos Santos Barbosa Neto – Dalla fede alla virtù: un cammino catechetico mistagogico di discernimento”

Maria Pia Manello – La presentazione di Maria nella catechesi

La conoscenza della Madre di Dio costituisce un preciso contenuto della catechesi che esige di essere presentato in modo esplicito nell’ambito della Comunità di fede. Maria Pia Manello, nell’articolo: La presentazione di Maria nella catechesi, intende offrire alla catechista Figlia di Maria Ausiliatrice un contributo costruttivo per la proposta di contenuti che non solo non può disattendere, ma che è chiamata ad annunciare con una specifica competenza metodologica e testimoniale.

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Giovanni Bosco – Don Bosco’s ‘theology’ of religious life

As an introduction to the first Italian edition of the Salesian Constitutions, published in 1875, Don Bosco wrote a wide-ranging letter To the Salesians, to guide them in interpreting the rules and to infuse in them a correct idea of religious life. He later refined and extended it with the help of the master of novices, Fr Barberis, for the third Italian edition of the Constitutions (1885). It is a relevant document from a spiritual point of view. “One can think of it as a brief summary, the most complete one, of what could be called Don Bosco’s theology of religious life. Ideas flow together in it which had matured in him little by little, beginning from when he wrote the history of the Church and the Popes, then as he drew up the Constitutions and documents written to gain approval, further enriched by local and general conferences, instructions given at retreats in the late 1860s and early 1870s, and expressed in individual letters and circulars and in private advice.”

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Giovanni Bosco – Spiritual formation of the young through preaching, “goodnights” and dream accounts

In Don Bosco’s educational system preaching has special importance, both that which is bound up with the liturgical or catechetical context, and that of the informal, familiar kind. The saint often addressed the community of young people with brief and fervent talks aimed at stirring up their emotions, nurturing their minds, encouraging good resolutions and devout sentiments, and looking ahead to stimulating horizons.

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