Lord, thank you for calling us to be and to belong to your family here on earth.
We celebrate your gift of consecration and we ask you to continue to call us to renewal.
Keep us faithful. Keep us joyful. Keep us ever close to you.
We pray that you guide us and our society to always seek your will.
Gift us with new members—young men willing to leave everything and to follow you in the footsteps of Don Bosco. In a special way, we ask for more Salesian Brother vocations.
Send us men open to your bidding. Send us men who are in love with you. Send us men capable of loving others above themselves.
We ask your mother, the Help of Christians to assist us in our petition. And together with Don Bosco, Blessed Artimedi Zatti and Simon Srugi—we pray that you keep us faithful day by day. Amen.
31 January 2013
Happy day, blessed day, together with Don Bosco in his favourite place, together with the ninth successor of Don Bosco, Fr. Pascual Chavez to celebrate for the first time the feastday here!
Just yesterday we finished three wonderful days of the WORLD ADVISORY COUNCIL of the Salesian Missions. Three gifts received i would like to share with you!
Don Bosco, our model in loving the Lord Jesus Christ
by Fr Tito Pedron
Don Bosco, since his young age and throughout all his life, gave a clear example of his love for Christ.
On many occasions he suffered much for expressing and proving his love for Christ in order to give a good example.
At four years old he was ready to be beaten by his companions and to suffer just to be able to prevent bad talks and fighting.
When he was nine years old, in his famous dream, he tried to prevent the quarreling and bad words of the boys that were against God’s love and goodness. He was struck by the boys in return.
During his time at the Moglia farm, on Sunday, he would attend the first Mass in order to go to confession. Consequently he had to attend another Mass.
At Chieri he preferred to go often to receive Holy Communion. This meant forgoing breakfast.
During his three years at the Convitto he encountered many difficulties just to be able to give the possibility to his boys to go to confession, attend Mass and receive holy communion.
The entire life of our dear Don Bosco is a constant witness to his great love for our Lord Jesus Christ. His life is an example for us Salesians and for many other people to imitate.
FOR the FIRST TIME...
WHAT we do for the FIRST time has always a special charm..
WHAT we do for the FIRST time is always a special grace of God..
WHAT we do for the FIRST time is always first step in unknown direction
First time discerning own missionary vocation (Asia)
First time launching the Salesian Mission Day in own province (Europe)
First time to celebrate Baptism of adults in a mission land (America)
Sixty years ago passed far away from any Salesian house
the first Czech Salesian, Servant of God,
Fr. Ignac Stuchly (1869-1953).
Today I give thanks to God for the gift of this corageous man of faith,
missionary zeal and founders vision. Indeed between 1927 when he reached Frystak (Czech Republic, near Zlin) with 17 boys and 3 first Salesians until the communist regime put all 15.000 religious in Czechoslovakia under control in the camps and prisons (1950, April) - just in 23 years he build up a vibrant Salesian reality:
Two provinces - one in Slovakia, one in Czech part of the country, with some 450+ Salesians, 27 Salesian houses, 50+ novices and many missionaries already sent to three continents.