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 – 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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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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Emmanuel Camilleri – Don Bosco’s writings. A theological perspective & means for accompaniment

Don Bosco’s writings are diverse, and yet they had one particular aim: educating the young to religion and life in general. Through the medium of writing, he managed to direct and accompany the young on a journey that would lead them to achieve Christian perfection and personal holiness.

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John Roche – Salesian evangelization. At the threshold of the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth – Part 2

MaryJo Leddy explained that in her act of accompaniment with many of the young adults assisting in her ministry to the refugees, she found herself taking a lead from them. She has found a voice of conscience and concern in this generation. She is touched by their thirst and hunger for holiness and authenticity.

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Arthur Lenti – Community and mission. Spiritual insights and salesian religious life in Don Bosco’s Constitutions

The present article is not concerned with the new constitutions. No comparative study will be attempted, nor any reference will be made to them. This would be carrying coal to Newcastle. I shall instead attempt simply to identify and briefly discuss some of the spiritual insights and principles for religious life and action which Don Bosco embodied in his constitutions.

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Paul Wynants – Writing the history of a religious teaching institute: guidelines for research, sources and methods (19th and 20th Centuries)

In the framework of such a short introduction, I would like to recall some basic principles, obvious enough to most specialists.

The first half of my presentation will be historiographical: by tracing the way in which a congregation’s past has been perceived over the course of time, I will point out themes for research that seem of interest to me.

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Richard Wanner – Don Bosco’s gift to the Church: a spirituality for youth

St. John Bosco (1815-1888) was a product of Piedmont in northern Italy. His seventy-two years spanned a time of industrialization in Turin and other major cities and the complexities of Italian unification. Despite an often harsh anti-clerical atmosphere and the volatile political situation , a number of saints rose to prominence in nineteenth century Piedmont.

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Piera Cavaglià – Lo stemma dell’Istituto delle Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice

L’esigenza di avere uno stemma proprio emerge in seguito alla “separazione” dell’Istituto dalla Società Salesiana. Infatti, in una delle sedute del Consiglio generale in data 26 luglio 1905 si prende in considerazione il fatto, e si stabilisce di farlo preparare per poi sottoporlo all’approvazione del Capitolo generale. Nel verbale dell’adunanza si legge: “Si è determinato di presentare al Capitolo Generale un timbro o bollo da adottarsi per tutta la Congregazione”.

Nei verbali del Capitolo generale successivo, tuttavia, non si trova nulla al riguardo.

Si costata però che dal 1907 le pratiche d’ufficio dell’Istituto venivano timbrate con lo stemma che si è conservato fino ad oggi.

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