Ramón Alberdi – Resonancia de la muerte de Don Bosco en Barcelona

A las dos y media de la tarde del martes 31 de enero de 1888, en la redacción del Diario de Barcelona se recibia un parte telegrafico enviado desde Paris por la agencia Havas-Reuter. El telegrama decia textualmente: «Ha fallecido en Turin el sacerdote Dom Bosco, fundador de numerosas instituciones benéficas».

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Cosimo Semeraro – Don Bosco e Giacomo Cusmano. Un interessante «caso» di storia contemporanea comparata

Tutto il taglio della sintetica elaborazione che segue su Cusmano – Don Bosco, pur nella consapevolezza di un’ardita operazione pioneristica (non mi risulta nessuna pubblicazione precedente in tal senso), si colloca sul piano di semplici «appunti» e nella prospettiva, speriamo realizzabile!, di futura più ampia riflessione storica.

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Pascual Chavez Villanueva – “Da mihi animas, cetera tolle”. Charismatic identity and apostolic zeal. Starting again from Don Bosco to reawaken the heart of every Salesian

Francis J. Moloney – Salesians beyond 2000

In the article, Fr. Frank looks at the images of God and Community and poses questions that young people in Western Societies are facing on the threshold of the Third Millennium. He moves from the contemporary to the scriptural, and looks at the figure of Jesus and questions of discipleship as posed in the New Testament. What is the significance of discipleship in the Gospels? How does this significance speak to our reality? to our vocation as Christians, and as Salesians? These are the questions of the middle portion of Fr. Moloney’ s reflections.

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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 – 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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Giovanni Bosco – Sodalities and spiritual friendships

Christian education of youth in popular works with a markedly missionary character like the Oratories on the outskirts of Turin, frequented by boys who were mostly abandoned and uneducated, required processes that were gradual and geared to each one’s possibilities. The Companion of Youth offered a complete but essential proposal adapted to everyone. Starting with this, Don Bosco used the sacrament of penance, personal chats, suggestions of optional and practical devotions and offered books to read and meditate on. He set up personalised processes which were more adapted to youngsters who were more capable of greater moral and ascetic effort. Continue reading “Giovanni Bosco – Sodalities and spiritual friendships”

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