January 23: Catholic feast day called “The Espousal of Mary and Joseph.”

Considering the passing of the recent [DIS]Respect for Marriage Act, I believe it is time that you and I bring this feast day back into a wide and devout practice. Click here for story of a marriage saved and the prayer that saved it. Did you know that in 1969, Governor Ronald Reagan of California made what he later admitted was one of the biggest mistakes of his political life? He signed the nation’s first no-fault divorce bill. And the result? Today we see a steady crumbling of the foundation of all social structures—marriage and the family. For many Fatima devotees this comes as no surprise; Our Lady warned of a “great chastisement in the second half of the twentieth century.” As a confirmation of this prophecy, Sr. Lucia wrote the following in a letter to her dear friend, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra in 1983 or 1984:  “Father, a time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head.” My friend, can...

Happy Feast Day of Saint Francis de Sales!

We join with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, as part of the Salesian Family of St. John Bosco, in honoring our mutual Patron Saint! Enjoy reading the Letter of Pope Francis on this gentle yet strong holy man. Dear Friends, The Oblates of St. Francis of de Sales in the United States join with all of our Salesian family in celebrating the feast of our patron, the Gentleman Saint. Celebrating the Feast Day is particularly special this year as we bring to a close our Double Salesian Jubilee Year marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Saint Francis de Sales and the 450th anniversary of the birth of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal. The highlight of the Year was Pope Francis issuing an Apostolic Letter on Saint Francis de Sales. In Totum Amoris Est (“Everything Pertains To Love”), the Pope summarizes the spiritual legacy left to us by Saint Francis de Sales. The Letter includes many of Saint Francis’ teachings and reminds us that these are as relevant today as they were 400 years ago. As a friend of the Oblates, you already know the power and impact of Salesian Spirituality. Through your friendship and support, the Oblates have the humble privilege...

Festa di San Giovanni Bosco in Basilica a Torino e al Colle

Gentile collega, segnaliamo, con gentile preghiera di diffusione, il programma dei festeggiamenti dedicati a San Giovanni Bosco per il mese di gennaio 2023 che si terranno presso la Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice di Torino-Valdocco e presso la Basilica di San Giovanni Bosco del Colle Don Bosco, in occasione della solennità del Santo, il 31 gennaio 2023. BASILICA MARIA AUSILIATRICE – VALDOCCO – MARTEDÌ 24 GENNAIO | FESTA DI SAN FRANCESCO DI SALES Ore 18.30 – Concelebrazione Eucaristica, presiede il Rettor Maggiore don Ángel Fernández Ártime 25-26-27 GENNAIO | TRIDUO: DON BOSCO OGGI NEL MONDO Mercoledì 25 ore 18.30 – Don Bosco in Sud America: don Gabriel Romero Trasmesso su VIDEONORD (canale 83 del d.t.) Giovedì 26 ore 18.30 – Don Bosco in Africa: don Alphonse Owoudou Trasmesso su VIDEONORD (canale 83 del d.t.) Venerdì 27 ore 18.30 – Don Bosco in Asia Sud: don Michael Pulianmakal Trasmesso su VIDEONORD (canale 83 del d.t.) SABATO 28 GENNAIO | CONCERTO IN ONORE DI DON BOSCO Ore 20.00 – Omaggio a don Bosco con i giovani del Liceo Musicale Cavour (TO) LUNEDÌ 30 GENNAIO Ore 10.30-12.30 e 14.00–16.30 – Apertura Cappella delle Reliquie Ore 17.00 – Santo Rosario animato dalle Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice Ore 18.00 – Messa Vespertina, Mons. Alessandro Giraudo, Neo-Vescovo...

Three films about Don Bosco that have made his charism universal through the art of cinema

20 January 2023 (ANS – Rome) – Don Bosco’s great appeal and his charisma have captivated millions of people around the world. His figure has permeated and still permeates the work of a great many artists who have traced his profile, drawn his portrait, making it even more universal through various forms of art; and cinematography has certainly played an important role by bringing the Saint of the Young closer to the general public. Don Bosco is an absolutely “international” saint, in that he is known all over the world and with particular cognizance in the 135 countries where the Salesians are widespread; thus, it is not impossible to come across various films of various genres dedicated to him on the Web. But among the many works produced, it is undeniable that it was his own homeland, Italy, that paid him the most famous cinematic tributes. For this reason, in the work of selecting among the works of the seventh art dedicated to Don Bosco, the field has been narrowed down to three films that are still touchstones for anyone who wants to try their hand in the same artistic arena, that have marked their era, and that have been...

Getting to know Don Bosco: his prophetic dream of the rose arbor

20 January 2023 Immagine a cura di Severino Baraldi, per “Don Bosco ti ha sognato” (Vol. 1) – Elledici, 2013 (ANS – Rome) – “We are children of a dreamer” is an expression often used by his successors to refer to the Founder of the Salesian Congregation and Family. And this is not only because of his ability to see far beyond his contemporaries, foreshadowing developments and realities that would be openly manifested only much later; but also because of that mystical ability of his to have as it were “supernatural visions” capable of directing his own path and that of those who followed him. Countless were the dreams reported by Don Bosco, some certainly more significant and relevant than others. The 9-year dream, whose Bicentennial will be celebrated next year, 2024, constitutes among all of them not only the chronological leader, but also the load-bearing lintel of the entire life and action of the Saint of the Young. In the great skein of dreams dreamed by Don Bosco, today we want to recall in particular the one known by the name of the “bower of roses.” It is, among all, a dream that helps to bring the figure of...