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””

Arthur Lenti – Don Bosco’s Oratories in 1849-1852. Conflict, Crisis and Resolution

Don Bosco’s Oratory of St. Francis de Sales after much “wandering” found its permanent home at last in 1846, in an isolated house and property located in the district of Valdocco, on the northern fringe of the city of Turin. Once settled in that little house, Don Bosco established there a home to shelter the most destitute among the lads attending the oratory (1847). Continue reading “Arthur Lenti – Don Bosco’s Oratories in 1849-1852. Conflict, Crisis and Resolution”

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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Paolo Natali – La Famiglia Salesiana di don Bosco oggi

La Famiglia Salesiana è una realtà diffusa ovunque. I capitoli ispettoriali in preparazione del capitolo generale speciale hanno chiesto una riscoperta delle intenzioni di don Bosco a proposito delle istituzioni da lui fondate: Salesiani, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice, Cooperatori, nella loro organica unità. Lungo i decenni, inoltre, sono sorte altre congregazioni fondate da salesiani e l’istituto secolare delle Volontarie di don Bosco. Quali sono i gruppi che appartengono alla Famiglia Salesiana? Quali sono i modi, i mezzi e le conseguenze della complementarità di questi gruppi? Qual è il criterio di appartenenza? Continue reading “Paolo Natali – La Famiglia Salesiana di don Bosco oggi”

Joseph Aubry – Lo spirito salesiano. Stile di preghiera

L’articolo mette in rilievo l’aspetto più profondo e decisivo dello “spirito salesiano”, cioè la sua dimensione verticale, che ispira lo stile di preghiera del Salesiano, la sua relazione con Dio, la sua “spiritualità”, il suo modo di contemplare Dio, di tenersi davanti a Lui e di trattare con Lui. Continue reading “Joseph Aubry – Lo spirito salesiano. Stile di preghiera”

Pascual Chavez Villanueva – «ll appela ceux qu’ll voulait. lls vinrent auprès de Lui» (Mc 3,13) Dans le 150° anniversaire de la fondation de la congrégation salésienne

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