Wallace Leon Cornell – Don Bosco: Spiritual Director of Young People [An Anthology]

If, on reading the title of this book, you are expecting to find an exposition on how to give spiritual direction to young people, you are going to be disappointed. We will search in vain, among the writings of Saint John Bosco, for such a book.

Yet this Saint stands out as one of the most remarkable spiritual directors of the young in the history of the Church. Facts bear out this statement – it is not just an exaggerated manifestation of hero worship. Can we find, among his writings, how he approached this task of spiritual direction? Yes. This anthology has been put together for this very purpose and some indications of the riches contained have been given. A close and prayerful reading will help the reader ta discover many more. Continue reading “Wallace Leon Cornell – Don Bosco: Spiritual Director of Young People [An Anthology]”

Cecilia Romero – I sogni di don Bosco. Edizione critica

L’atteggiamento di Don Bosco nei confronti di quei fatti ch’egli stesso chiamò sogni è ancora in buona parte da scandagliare e da scoprire. Negli ultimi anni della vita, in pagine confidenziali indirizzate ai Salesiani, egli raccomandava di «non mai né raccontare né asserire che Don Bosco abbia ottenuto grazie da Dio od abbia in qualsiasi maniera operato miracoli». Il fare leva sull’immagine di un Don Bosco taumaturgico a lui appariva come «un dannoso errore». A chi poteva obiettare ch’era stato proprio lui in tante circostanze a mettere in rilievo fatti straordinari che avevano la sua persona in primo piano, Don Bosco rispondeva: «Sebbene la bontà di Dio sia stata in misura generosa verso di me, tuttavia io non ho mai inteso di conoscere od operare cose soprannaturali». Continue reading “Cecilia Romero – I sogni di don Bosco. Edizione critica”

Società di San Francesco di Sales – Salesiani defunti dal 1864 al 2002

Elenco dei Salesiani defunti dal 1864 al 2002. Si indica la qualità di ogni salesiano defunto (n = novizio; S = studente; D = Diacono; L = Laico; P = Sacerdote; E = Vescovo), la data della sua morte (in ordine di mese), l’età al momento della morte e il luogo del decesso. 

Periodo di riferimento: 1864 – 2002

Salesiani defunti dal 1864 al 2002

Istituzione di riferimento:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

Giacomo Costamagna – Conferencias para los hijos de don Bosco / Conferencias para los novicios

Nuestro amado Superior, el Il.mo Monseñor Costamagna, no bién tomó posesión del nuevo cargo de Vicanrio de Don Rua en el Pacifico, puso mano á la obra, y trabajó con empeño, para que los hijos de don Bosco, tan numerosos en estas playas. no desdijeran los ejemplos y virtúdes de su padre.

Entre lo otros tantos medios que excogitó con éste fin. Fué uno de los más felices la difusión de ésta Conferencias. Continue reading “Giacomo Costamagna – Conferencias para los hijos de don Bosco / Conferencias para los novicios”

Giulio Barberis,José Manuel Prellezo – Appunti di pedagogia di Giulio Barberis (1847-1927)

Don Barberis entra certamente nella cerchia dei discepoli e collaboratori di don Bosco, “riconosciuti oggi come figure chiave per la genesi e lo sviluppo” della Società di San Francesco di Sales “negli aspetti organizzativi, istituzionali, formativi e carismatici”.

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Grazia Loparco – Verso l’autonomia giuridica delle Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice dai Salesiani. “Relatio et votum” di G. M. van Rossum per il S. Uffizio (1902)

L’accessibilità dell’archivio della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede (ex Suprema Congregazione del Sant’Uffizio) ha consentito di illuminare gli antecedenti dell’autonomia giuridica dell’Istituto delle Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA), che comportava la separazione dai Salesiani (1906), grazie alla disponibilità di alcune fonti inedite, ritrovate e qui pubblicate. Il periodo si concentra in particolare tra il 1901 e il 1904. Si tratta principalmente della Relatio et votum (1902) del redentorista  Willem Marinus van Rossum, consultore del S. Uffizio, e di due altre relazioni redatte per la Congregazione dei Vescovi e Regolari (VV. e RR.), che supportano l’esito della valutazione.

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SACRA RITUUM CONGREGATIONE – SACRA RITUUM CONGREGATIONE, Aquen, Beatificationis et canonizationis servae Dei Mariae Dominicae Mazzarello prima antistitae Instituti Filiarum Mariae Auxiliatricis. Summarium super dubio

Giovanni Bosco – “Memoirs of the oratory”

Written over several occasions between 1873 and 1875, the manuscript of the Memoirs of the Oratory remained unpublished by Don Bosco’s explicit will. However Fr John Bonetti drew on it abundantly for his History of the Oratory of St Francis de Sales, (which found its way into English under a different title Don Bosco’s Early Apostolate) published as a series in the Salesian Bulletin between 1879 and1886. And Fr John Baptist Lemoyne included it in its entirety in the first volumes of the Biographical Memoirs, adding in other information and anecdotes drawn from other witnesses. The first complete edition of the Memoirs appeared in 1946. The decision to put the book in the public domain in its entirety was motivated by the universal dimension that the Saint has taken on, as Eugene Ceria wrote in the presentation: “Today Don Bosco has become part of history and also been listed among the saints.”

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Giovanni Bosco – Spiritual Testament

The sixth part contains most of what, in Salesian tradition, is known as the “Spiritual Testament”. It is a handwritten notebook entitled Memories from 1841 to 1884-5-6 by Fr John Bosco to his Salesian sons, where the saint, on different occasions, especially in the final years of his life, wrote exhortations and reminders for his disciples, friends, benefactors and Cooperators.

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Giovanni Bosco – Exemplary biographies

The biographical profiles of Louis Comollo (in the 1854 edition), Dominic Savio, Michael Magone and Francis Besucco are among the spiritual and pedagogical documents which are most representative of Don Bosco’s outlook. From these stories comes a horizon of meaning, a way of thinking and acting thoroughly rooted in his cultural context. At the same time however, beyond historical contingencies, they highlight a range of elements which better illustrate the characteristic features of the saint’s spiritual pedagogy.

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Giovanni Bosco – The marian dimension of salesian spirituality

Don Bosco, a tireless apostle of Marian devotion, emphasised the role of the Blessed Virgin for salvation of the individual in the Companion of Youth: she is the mediatrix of graces, defence against the assaults of evil, support in living a Christian life and on the way to holiness. These are things he draws from St Alphonsus Liguori: true devotion expressed through a life of virtue above all guarantees the most powerful patronage one could have in life and in death.

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Giovanni Bosco – Zeal for the salvation of souls Don Bosco’s models

Efforts to reform society along Christian lines, undertaken in the Turin diocese after the fall of Napoleon’s Empire, in addition to taking up systematic parish catechesis once more, fostering popular missions, the Forty Hours and retreats for all kinds of groups, focused above all on reform of the clergy, beginning with more careful selection of candidates for the priesthood and diligent care in their preparation. With this in mind diocesan authorities first reorganised the seminary in the capital (1819), strengthening disciplinary and spiritual aspects, and encouraged the initiatives of Fr Luigi Guala, approving the Rule for the Pastoral Institute [Convitto ecclesiastico] (1821), then extended the seminary at Bra (1824-1825), and finally set up a new seminary in Chieri (1829) in the old house which belonged to the Oratorians (St Philip Neri’s priests), putting trusted formators in charge. The model of formation espoused by the archbishop, the Camaldolese Colombano Chiaveroti (1754-1831), drew its inspiration from priestly ideals belonging to post-Tridentine Catholic tradition, with a strong emphasis on apostolic charity and pastoral sacrifice (the priest had to be a “victima charitatis”). Meanwhile groups of generous clergy, supporting his reform efforts, made themselves available for preaching to the people, the ministry of confessions and spiritual direction, along with some orders and congregations that had been set up once more after the suppression in the French era.

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Giovanni Bosco – Spiritual advice for friends, cooperators and benefactors

Don Bosco’s correspondence with the Cooperators and friends, lay and clerical, always contains detailed and substantial spiritual suggestions aimed at proposing a way of interior life along with devotion and spiritual fervour, the practice of virtue, charity, loving and faithful fulfilment of the duties of one’s state in life.

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Giovanni Bosco – Spiritual resources of the christian

All the means of salvation are to be found in the Church, where holiness and charity flourish. Don Bosco constantly invites adults and young people to cooperate with the action of grace, hope and charity, generously offering themselves through constant prayer, and by frequenting the sacraments but especially by imitating Jesus Christ in a virtuous life of charitable works.

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Giovanni Bosco – Cooperators in the salesian mission

The first text (no. 272) included here is an extract from a long conference which Don Bosco gave at the opening of the Patronage de St Pierre in Nice, on 12 March 1877. After summing up the events which led to the founding of the first Salesian House in France, thanks to the involvement of a group of lay people belonging to the St Vincent de Paul Society, supported by Bishop Pietro Sola, the saint said that the work was only set up because of the fruitful cooperation between the Salesians and the Cooperators. Then, pointing out the principal purpose of the Institution (“the good of humanity and the salvation of souls”), he concluded with the reflection that we offer here, focused entirely on practical charity, works of mercy, essential features of true Christian discipleship and on the eternal reward that comes from it (cf. Mt 25:34-35).

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