Michal Vojtáš – L’uso educativo dei sogni da parte di don Bosco: contesti, processi, intenzioni

Particolare interesse ha l’approccio ai sogni di don Bosco proposto da Michal Vojtáš alla luce delle sue competenze pedagogiche. Dopo essersi confrontato con il realismo funzionale di Braido e la prospettiva comunicativa di Stella, l’autore integra il loro approccio leggendo la narrazione dei sogni come atto educativo nel suo stesso darsi, così da cogliere il processo dinamico entro cui si colloca ed evidenziarne la storia degli effetti, immediati e remoti. Attingendo alle Cronachette dei primi salesiani, Vojtáš ricostruisce un ricco processo educativo-narrativo fatto d’interpretazione della situazione, accoglienza della chiamata e di opportune applicazioni pratiche. Continue reading “Michal Vojtáš – L’uso educativo dei sogni da parte di don Bosco: contesti, processi, intenzioni”

Aldo Giraudo – Educazione e religione nel sistema preventivo di don Bosco

La tradizione cristiana non incoraggia alcuna sorta di separazione fra verità di Dio e libertà dell’uomo. Lungo il corso dei secoli il sentire cattolico non ha mutato parere, come attesta il saggio di Aldo Giraudo offrendo vigorose chiavi interpretative per rileggere il sistema preventivo di don Bosco. Il Santo condivideva pacificamente la convinzione delle migliori intelligenze del cattolicesimo ottocentesco, secondo le quali la religione è dimensione costitutiva e insostituibile di ogni civiltà. Fra religione e civiltà intercorre una speciale reciprocità: Continue reading “Aldo Giraudo – Educazione e religione nel sistema preventivo di don Bosco”

Joseph Boenzi – Chastity in the salesian constitutions

In a letter dated May 24, 1966, Fr. Luigi Ricceri (1901-1989), then Rector Major of the Salesian Society, introduced a new edition of the Constitutions to his confreres. Nearly one year had elapsed since the close of the nineteenth general chapter of the Salesian Society, and six months had passed since the close of Vatican II In this context, Fr. Ricceri introduced the constitutions which carried a number of changes that were to usher the Society toward its twentieth general chapter.

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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 Formosa – Historical sketch of the oratory of Don Bosco in Malta

In this article, I will attempt to trace how Don Bosco’s original experience was translated in such a way that his work could be established in Malta – an island country in the Mediterranean with a distinct tradition and culture from that in which the Salesian story first began and developed in Turin, Italy. I will place special emphasis on the Salesian Oratory, Sliema.

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John Rasor – Early salesian regulations: formation in the Preventive System

The first part of this study, however, will examine that other body of Salesian particular law, the Regulations. It will trace their development from their earliest beginnings around 1850, the era of Father Rosmini’s and Father De Guadenzi’s Sunday afternoon visit, up to 1967.

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Arthur Lenti – Saint with a human face: Don Bosco in Father Giulio Barberis original chronicle

The Central Salesian Archive contains numerous eyewitness reports of Don Bosco’s words and deeds, particularly in the form of chronicles and memoirs. I drew heavily on these documents for previous articles which saw the light of day in the pages of this Journal. I shall do the same for the present article.

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