Stanisław Zimniak – “Sulle obiezioni circa i nove voti positivi espressi dai consultori teologi sulla «positio» per il processo di beatificazione e di canonizzazione del servo di Dio cardinale August Hlond, primate della Polonia” in “Ricerche Storiche Salesiane”

Il 9 marzo 2017, nel corso del Congresso peculiare dei Consultori teologi, è stata votata la Positio super vita, virtutibus, fama sanctitatis del Servo di Dio cardinale August Hlond, primate della Polonia, socio della congregazione salesiana e fondatore della Societatis Christi Pro Emigrantibus (1881-1948).

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Mathew Kapplikunnel – “Father Philip Thayil: visionary and innovator (1917-2003)” in “Ricerche Storiche Salesiane”

It is quite natural that anyone who intends to profile a Salesian personality in South India would quite naturally think of Fr. Philip Thayil as someone deserving of being made known to a wider Salesian readership.

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Maria Maul – Fragility in the life of Mary Mazzarello

In the altar of the large church to St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello in Mornese-Mazzarelli, a vertebra of her backbone has been inserted as a symbol of her upright personality and her inner strength. It is not surprising, therefore, that Fr. Alberto Cavaglià, in his celebratory lecture on 14 May 1932, at the end of the Jubilee Year with which the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mary Mazzarello’s death, compared her to the “strong and wise women” of the Book of Proverbs (cf. Prov 31). Continue reading “Maria Maul – Fragility in the life of Mary Mazzarello”

Anthony Nguyen – God as father and Don Bosco as father

Don Bosco is a saint who is honored as the “father and teacher” of the youth. However, we may be curious to ask ourselves: In what sense do we understand the term “father” as it is attributed or applied to Don Bosco? Surely, it is not in “biological” sense of the word. But it is not simply in spiritual sense because Don Bosco did not only provide spiritual nourishment (heaven) to the young, but also “work and bread” (something for bodily/biological needs). Continue reading “Anthony Nguyen – God as father and Don Bosco as father”

Savio Hon – Back to Don Bosco: Da mihi Animas Response of Fr. Savio Hon Don Bosco Hall, Berkeley, Symposium July 20, 2007.

The article of Fr. Arthur Lenti is very well documented, succinct, and concise. In my response, I would like to focus on two points. One is to appreciate the sapiential dimension of the motto that has permeated all aspects of the life of Don Bosco and the Salesian Family. Another is to call to mind the inter-cultural aspect which deserves more of our attention nowadays. Continue reading “Savio Hon – Back to Don Bosco: Da mihi Animas Response of Fr. Savio Hon Don Bosco Hall, Berkeley, Symposium July 20, 2007.”

Arthur Lenti – Da Mihi Animas in Don Bosco. Don Bosco’s life and work for the “Salvation of Souls”

The motto Da mihi animas; cetera tolle expresses the primary objective and spirit of Don Bosco’s incessant activity and the pastoral and ascetical program that he wished to hand on to his Salesians. How this driving ideal powered Don Bosco’s life and work-that is, his manifold pastoral choices-is the object of this paper. Continue reading “Arthur Lenti – Da Mihi Animas in Don Bosco. Don Bosco’s life and work for the “Salvation of Souls””

David O’Malley – The youth minister as mystic and martyr. Recognizing and supporting religious experience in young people

The study of religious experience and young people is a relatively new field of research. It is important to recognize at the outset that it offers a different entry point into the spiritual lives of young people. It contrasts markedly from the approaches proposed by the cognitive studies of faith development based on Piaget’s work in the last century. Continue reading “David O’Malley – The youth minister as mystic and martyr. Recognizing and supporting religious experience in young people”

Mary Greenan – Accompanying the young: the souls our hearts seek

The story is told of a young novice in the desert who went to the elder, the holy man of God, and said, “Father, according as I am able, I keep my little Rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and, according as I am able, I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts. Now, what more should I do?” The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. Continue reading “Mary Greenan – Accompanying the young: the souls our hearts seek”

Francis J. Moloney – Jesus and Salesian Discipleship

I have been given the mandate to speak to you today on the theme: “How the Word of God shapes our community and our mission today.” I was not sure how to handle this very large question in a couple of talks and a discussion session. Biblical themes abound. But in the end, I thought that the best way to reflect on the way the word of God shapes our community and mission today was to reflect upon “the Word of God.” Continue reading “Francis J. Moloney – Jesus and Salesian Discipleship”

Joseph Boenzi – Paolo Albera’s instructions early efforts to inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco

Among Saint John Bosco’s early disciples, Paolo Albera (1845-1921) was one who was called upon to articulate and defend the founder’s spirit. Even as a youth, he had been numbered among Don Bosco’s most beloved. He served in a variety of leadership positions from his teenage years until his election as rector major in 1910. Perhaps his most significant role before becoming superior general was that of spiritual director general of the Salesian Society, a post he held from 1892 until 1910. Continue reading “Joseph Boenzi – Paolo Albera’s instructions early efforts to inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco”

Kaoru Tamura – Something about Mary. Reflections on Don Bosco, mother Mazzarello and the development of the “Spirit of Mornese”

Mary Mazzarello had not seen Don Bosco until October of 1864, when he visited Mornese. In fact, it was not until 1871, some seven years later, that she came under the direct authority of the Founder, when the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians was founded. However, she seems to have been well prepared for her work with Don Bosco and the Salesians, both in her philosophical formation and her life experiences. Continue reading “Kaoru Tamura – Something about Mary. Reflections on Don Bosco, mother Mazzarello and the development of the “Spirit of Mornese””

Giovanni Bosco – Elenchus privilegiorum seu facultatum et gratiarum spiritualium quibus potitur Societas s. Francisci Salesii ex S. Sedis Apostolicae concessionibus directe et Congregationis SS. Redemptoris communicatione in usum presbyterorum eiusdem societatis

Priusquam typis excuderetur, attenta ac severa trutina, quoad ejus fieri potuit, permagnum opus pensatum fuit ab aliquibus Congregationis nostrae theologis, qui testati sunt nihil censura dignum in ipso contineri, omniaque ad ecclesiae leges, aliisque Congregationibus factas Apostolicas concessiones conformata ac consona esse. Quod vero ad nos attinet, testamur, omnia Diplomata et Documenta, quae in eodem opere adferuntur, authentica et vel ex archivio nostro generali, vel ex aliis locis omnino fide dignis deprompta esse.

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Capitolo Generale XXVIII Salesiani di Don Bosco – “Quali salesiani per i giovani di oggi?”. Riflessione postcapitolare

Il documento, che giunge ora a tutti i confratelli attraverso questa pubblicazione, ha come sottotitolo “Riflessione postcapitolare” e non “Documenti capitolari”, come abitualmente avveniva in passato. Questo perché l’Assemblea capitolare non è arrivata all’approvazione finale del testo con una votazione. Solo alcune deliberazioni capitolari, specialmente quelle a carattere giuridico, hanno visto la luce nelle prime quattro settimane dei nostri lavori. Continue reading “Capitolo Generale XXVIII Salesiani di Don Bosco – “Quali salesiani per i giovani di oggi?”. Riflessione postcapitolare”

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