Juan Edmundo Vecchi – “Letter of the Rector Major” in ” Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco”

The Rector Major reflects on the significance of the year 2000, not just as a unique moment in the calendar but as a cultural milestone with unforeseen consequences for individuals and humanity as a whole. It urges us to retrospectively evaluate the past century and to rekindle hopes for the future and beyond. This moment serves as an invitation, even a challenge, for disciples of Christ to engage in a process of reevaluation amidst a complex transformation. It’s an evolution in which we are actively involved, not merely as passive observers but as co-responsible participants in shaping what has transpired and what is yet to come.


  • 1. Grace and mercy enfold our life
    • “Mediante Christo”
    • Freely given love and salesian practice
  • 2. Love leads to judgement
    • A merciful and just God
    • The sense of sin
    • The formation of conscience
    • Judgement and salesian life
  • 3. Conversion and new life in the Spirit
    • The return to God
    • Salvation at the root of evil
    • Salesian implications
  • 4. The sacrament of Reconciliation
    • A process of re-evaluation
    • The sacrament and salesian spirituality
    • The reconciled and the ministers of Reconciliation
  • Conclusion: crossing the threshold

Reference time period: 1999

J. Vecchi, Letter of the Rector Major, in «Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco», 80 (1999), 369, 3-47.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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