Work with Jesus…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIRST SATURDAY OF ADVENT 4 December 2021 WORD of the DAY  Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”         (Matthew 9: 36-38) How shall I live this Word?   The aim of the coming of Jesus is not compassion.  God has immeasurable love and affection for His people.  He knows that we need Him constantly through people like us who live the heaviness of daily life.  Through them He makes His salvation come.  But this can also become an invitation for each one of us to becomes workers in harvest. Freely you have received, freely give. The Voice of  Maximilian Celin, Theologian God does not erupt into our life and our history, but He gives us the time necessary to prepare ourselves.  He offers us a favorable occasion to pave the roads of access to our hardened and indifferent heart. _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail:  Website:  Blog:   Comment by Robert... read more

Jesus, help me see you!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIRST FRIDAY OF ADVENT 3 December 2021 WORD of the DAY  As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”  When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?”  “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”  And their eyes were opened.                                  (Matthew 9: 27-30a) How shall I live this Word?   Two blind men follow Jesus.  It is a seemingly strange thing. Two people who do not see physically see, seek, follow, and recognize Jesus as the Lord.  They are blind to the things of the world, but they well know who merits being invoked and followed.  Many times Jesus passes near us, walks with us, and our eyes are incapable of recognizing Him.  What is needed for this search and this cry is faith.  Faith is the condition for Jesus to heal, but also the motive that brought them to desire healing.  They were not healed because they shared an illness, but because they went to Jesus together. The Lord is my light and my salvation. The Voice of  Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Biblist Jesus proclaims the Kingdom by speaking of the love of the Father and He does it by healing the sick from every infirmity. The Kingdom proclaimed is for the total liberation and salvation of human beings.  Ours is an incarnated faith.  All that is fully human is assumed and redeemed... read more

Young people narrate Don Bosco. Three videos on “Memoirs of the Oratory”

05 February 2021 (ANS – Alcamo) – The Salesian Oratory of Alcamo, belonging to the Sicilian Province (ISI), has produced, with the participation of the children of the oratory, three short videos based on several phases of Don Bosco’s life, drawing inspiration from the “Memoirs of the Oratory”. Born to give voice to the Strenna 2021, which is entitled “Moved by hope”, the project intends to speak of hope, highlighting its meaning in a few events that marked Don Bosco’s life profoundly. “This is not a simple chronological succession, but a rereading of the saint’s writing in which the great example of hope that is offered is tangible,” explained the young Salesian in formation Orazio Moschetti, from the community of Alcamo. The first video is entitled “La vita marchiata da un sogno – Life marked by a dream” and tells of the years from 1815 to 1835. Already in the first years of the saint’s life, hope always accompanied Giovannino and you can see it in the great example witnessed by mother Margherita, from the meeting with Fr Calosso and Fr Cafasso, from the commitment and effort shown in his studies, from the human relationships that the young saint easily managed to establish, for example with Luigi Comollo or the Jew Jonah. Don Bosco’s path is already marked by hope. The second video, “Trovare una geografia nel buio – Finding a geography in the dark”, narrates the years from 1835 to 1845. Don Bosco becomes a priest and immediately begins to look for a place where he can welcome all the children he met on the street, often orphans and without teaching.... read more

The Salesian Bulletin at the time of Don Bosco

The Salesian Bulletin is an original creation by Don Bosco who founded it in August 1877. Don Bosco himself was it’s first director. The first “official” issue of the Bulletin opens with a letter from Don Bosco: “To the Salesian Cooperators”. In the first draft of the regulation of the Cooperators, Don Bosco wrote: “Each month, the members will be given an overview of the things proposed, done or that they intend to do through a printed Bulletin or leaflet.” (Biographical Memoirs XI, 538). In 1879, it was published for the first time in French and in 1881 in Buenos Aires, the first “Boletín Salesiano” was published in Spanish. Today it is present in all 5 continents, with 59 editorial offices around the world. RELATED ARTICLE(S) The Valdocco printing press RMG – Fr. Gildasio Mendes: “The Internet is a vast network of human and cultural rituals” Italy – Young people narrate Don Bosco. Three videos on “Memoirs of the... read more

Mr Bryan Magro, former Treasurer of the Confederation as the 11th ‘successor’ of Carlo Gastini

By Don Bosco Past Pupils World Confederation        Turin, 28 November 2021 — The last of the 3 days of the Past Pupils General Assembly opened with a 9:30am Eucharist at Valdocco (Turin, Italy) celebrated by the Rector Major and followed on LIVE streaming by a good number of World Assembly participants and celebrated for their intentions. As usual, the session began at 2pm. After a beautiful prayer to the Holy Spirit, the coordinator of the Election committee, Sergio (outgoing World Presidency member) shared his feelings of gratitude to Carlo Gastini, the first Past Pupils President. Actually the past pupils of Don Bosco, with their 150 years of history are the oldest Catholic Past Pupils Association in the world. Then he shared the outcome of the elections (online) and left the floor to the Successor of Don Bosco to announce the new President (as requested by the Statutes). And the Rector Major from Valdocco briefly introduced the background of the choice of the new president and announced Mr Bryan Magro, former Treasurer of the Confederation as the 11th ‘successor’ of Carlo Gastini ( At the end of his first Advent homily Fr Angel F Artime asked: ‘Jesus, I would like to live in You’. A newly elected World Presidency: – President: Mr Bryan Magro (53) Malta – Secretary General: Mr Peter Kováč (33) Slovakia – Treasurer: Mr Celso Noguieira (45) Portugal Regional Councilors (4 continents): – Europe (Adults): Mr Valerio Martotana (46) Italy – Europe (GEX): Mr Alessandro Pensabene (28) Italy – Asia-Oceania (Adults): Mr Ketan Gala (53) India – Asia-Oceania (GEX): Mr Niel Evangelista (28) Philippines – America... read more

General Assembly – World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco

29 November 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Over the past weekend, from 26 to 28 November, the General Assembly, the most important meeting of the World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco, which occurs every six years, took place online. On the occasion, the World Presidency was also renewed, which since yesterday has been entrusted to the leadership of Bryan Magro, Maltese Past Pupil, the current Economer of the Confederation. The General Assembly is a moment dedicated to common reflection, sharing from the regions, updates and the plan of action for the future. Over 150 delegates registered to take part in the event. The assembly was conducted in three afternoon sessions of over three hours each. The first day, Friday, November 26, it began with a prayer, animated by young people from the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, and Indonesia. Two recorded video messages by Fr Joan Lluis Playà, Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat of the Salesian Family and Bro. Dominic Nam SDB, World Delegate for Past Pupils were presented. This was followed by a brief and lively message of the 10th Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, directly from Valdocco, which was much appreciated by the assembly. After thanking the outgoing President of the Confederation, Michal Hort, and his collaborators, he greeted the Past Pupils with the message that Don Bosco gave to all the children who were leaving his Oratory towards their future: “Remember that here at Valdocco you will always have a friend and father.” He manifested his awareness of the power, strength, energy of Ex-DBs in the... read more

Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

VATICAN DICASTERY DISABILITY VATICAN The #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities begins from 6 December with a series of video testimonies of Christians living with disabilities. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch on Monday of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, “I am Church!” “I am Church” through Baptism In his message to persons with disabilities on the occasion of the International Day dedicated to them, Pope Francis noted that Baptism gives each one of us, “without exclusion or discrimination, the possibility of exclaiming, ‘I am Church!'” Echoing the Pope’s words, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the videos, which will be released weekly, with the aim of highlighting the contribution that persons with disabilities offer to the ecclesial community on a daily basis. The videos will illustrate the work of evangelization carried out by some young deaf persons in Mexico, of a monastery in France where several nuns with Down’s syndrome live out their vocation, and a group of young Italians with disabilities who participate in World Youth Day celebrations, among others. A sign of richness “We are convinced that if we are able to listen attentively to the voices of our sisters and brothers with disabilities, the ecclesial community will come out truly enriched,” said Gabriella Gambino, undersecretary of the Dicastery. The campaign comes during the Amoris Laetitia... read more


Aviso importante para la Familia Salesiana….este SÁBADO…4 de diciembre 2021….tendremos una mañana de REFLEXIÓN en preparación para el ADVIENTO…… LUGAR: Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción….4497 West 1 Avenida, Hialeah, Fl. 33012…teléfono 305-822-2011…dirigido por el Padre Isidro Perez…en el Salon Parroquial….HORA: de 9:00am a 1:30pm….terminaremos con la Santa Misa….Hace mucho que no podemos reunirnos y nutrir nuestro espíritu pero de nuevo Nuestra Madre Auxiliadora nos da esta oportunidad. ¡¡¡¡Les esperamos!!!Important News from the Spanish Speaking Branch of the Salesian Family…this Saturday….December 4th, 2021…we will have a day of Reflection for Advent….it will be in Spanish…Place: Immaculate Conception Church … 4497 West 1st Ave. Hialeah, Fl. 33012…phone number: 305-822-2011….It will be given by Father Isidro Perez….At the Parish Hall….TIME:  from 9:00am to 1:30pm…ending with the Holy Mass.  It has been a long time since we have been able to gather to nourish our spiritual needs but once again Our Lady Mary Help of Christians have come to our aid. Please do not miss this opportunity. ... read more

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Daily Free Podcast every day of December 2021 from Relevant Radio!

What will happen when the bell tolls? Don’t be haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past!This season, we have a special gift for you – a first-of-its-kind audio Advent calendar. Bringing you world-class audio entertainment fit for the whole family, The Merry Beggars’ debut at Relevant Radio is an exclusive audio series of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Join your favorite characters from the timeless classic, brought to life by professional actors and exceptional sound design.Click and gain access to The Merry Beggars site. There you can get the series, explore other exciting content and subscribe just like your favorite streaming services – except this one is FREE!GET THE SERIES! New episodes of A Christmas Carol will drop daily from December 1st until the 25th. Be sure to sign up and subscribe today!God bless us, every one!Your Friends at Relevant Radio  The Relevant Radio® Mission: Bringing Christ to the world through the media© 2021 Relevant Radio,... read more