Catherine Fino – San Francesco di Sales maestro di accompagnamento

L’articolo fa parte di un volume che offre al lettore la possibilità di accostare alla realtà dell’accompagnamento da diversi punti di vista e da differenti approcci disciplinari.

Questo articolo presenta la figura di San Francesco di Sales come maestro di accompagnamento. Dagli scritti del“santo della dolcezza si possono attingere interessanti strategie per accompagnare l’iniziazione alla vita cristiana dei giovani e delle giovani di oggi; trarre ispirazione per aiutare le persone ad incontrarsi con la propria realtà profonda e a discernere l’origine e la finalità di affetti, pensieri, decisioni; infine elaborare itinerari di accompagnamento per progredire nella vita cristiana e nell’accoglienza reciproca in dialogo con la propria cultura.

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Antonia Colombo – Il Sistema preventivo di don Bosco forza per rigenerare la società

Nancy J. Bowden – Unwrapping the gifts: Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal and the salesian vision of women

This article furthers the theme of collaboration between women and men, showing this as central to Salesian history and spirit. Dr. Nancy J. Bowden brings us back to Francis de Sales and Jane-Frances de Chantal in the founding of the Visitation-the first Salesian community.

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Francis Desramaut – Contemporary spirituality of the salesian family

A noted Salesian scholar and author, Fr. Desramaut has recently undertaken a work of major proportions, a dictionary of Salesian spirituality. The title of the work is: Les cent mots-clefs de la spiritualite salesienne (One Hundred Keywords in Salesian Spirituality). It is being published in installments in Cahiers Salesiens, the journal of the Center of Salesian Studies in Lyons (France), over which Fr. Desramaut presides. The first installment of the work (containing entries from A to C) is prefaced by an introductory essay on Salesian spirituality. This is the essay which is given here in English as meticulously translated by Fr. Arthur J. Lenti.

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Eunan McDonnell – Holy indifference. Freeing the heart for pure love

The theme of Pure Love is essential to understanding a Salesian spirituality as lived within the Visitandine tradition. This article explores pure love through the lens of holy indifference which is essential for true spiritual freedom. It concludes with an examination of holy indifference as lived by Mary the paradigm of pure love.

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Suzanne C. Toczyski – ‘Because she has shown great love’. Female figures of the Gospels in St. Francis de Sales’ Traité de l’amour de Dieu

In a very unique way, the women of the Gospels whose stories Francis cites are noteworthy in that they, to varying extents, enjoyed a personal relationship with Jesus himself, and thus with God. Their understanding of sacred love is therefore particularly profound.

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Rik Biesmans – Don Bosco & Saint Francis De Sales (1842-1880). Concerning the question whether Don Bosco was influenced by Francis de Sales in both his personal faith and his pastoral-pedagogical practice

While preparing pilgrimages and spiritual exercises in Annecy and the neighborhood, I discovered reliable sources among the German and Dutch Oblates of St Francis de Sales. As a consequence of keeping contact with various participants, they invited the undersigned to take part in the annual meetings of their Arbeitsgemeinschaft (“study group”) in Eichstätt, Germany.

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