100 Keywords of Salesian Spirituality

EAO Boscolink, 7 August 2023 — Fr Francis Desramaut (1922-2014), noted Salesian scholar and author of many books and articles on Salesian spirituality, completed a Dictionary of Salesian Spirituality in 2000, which he published in French in three installments of Cahiers salésiens (1998-2000), the journal at the time of the Salesian Studies Centre in Lyons (France) which he was the director of. It was always his wish that this work appear in a single volume in English and other languages. Other than appearing in a single volume in Italian some years back, only the Introductory essay to the work ever appeared in English (in the spring 1999 edition of the Journal of Salesian Studies) meticulously translated by Fr Arthur Lenti. The entire work, nearly 800 pages of it, is now available in English. EAO readers can find it on Boscolink at Salesian Spirituality. This is an interactive pdf version, lacking the extensive subject index at the end, but because the text is eminently searchable, such an index is not in fact needed in this version. Should any province be interested in publishing it in a print edition, the index can be added without too much difficulty. The digital edition can also be found on SDL in the “Salesian Spirituality” collection under Desramaut’s name, and will shortly be available also on the sangiovannibosco.net site managed by the archivist general of the Congregation, Bro. Marco Bay SDB. While we can call it a dictionary in general terms, Fr Desramaut himself explains in the Preface that it is “halfway between a simple list of terms and a dictionary proper” with “no other aim than to... read more

World Youth Day & Salesian Sanctity

09 August 2023 (ANS – Lisbon) – During the World Youth Day just concluded in Lisbon, the Italian Bishops’ Conference set up a stand for vocations in the “City of Joy”, “a space of silence in the celebration of young people”. Images of the faces of different people – more or less known ones – were posted on the walls of the stand. Next to it, a QR code. By scanning it with your smartphone, you could read the biography of the chosen person. The QR code referred to the website of the Vocations magazine that tells their stories. Each young person was also offered a brick on which to write their name to convey a message to the children: the story is built by each taking their own small step and offering their own contribution. “A vocation is unique, the bricks are all the same, white and made of wood. Then, they all become different and colourful. A sign that seeks to tell the work of the Spirit, “said Fr Michele Gianola, director of the  Vocation Ministry National Office. Among the numerous figures presented were several from our Salesian Family or related to it, whose profile was drawn up for the Vocations magazine by Dr. Lodovica Maria Zanet, collaborator of the General Postulation for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family. She comments on the initiative: “Behind these articles there is not only me, but many from the Postulation and the Church. This stand signifies, including visually, the ecclesial dimension of every Cause of beatification and canonisation: it is a work in the Church, of the Church and for the Church. Also,... read more

“I Bring Good News: There Is Hope for NJ”

Annual Family Policy Council Alliance conference “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 Dear Denise Ann, I just returned from the Family Policy Counsel Alliance gathering this past Saturday and it was very encouraging to hear what the other states are doing and ultimately, what God is doing in our country. I bring good news that there is hope for New Jersey! To be honest, at times I was jealous of those 17 States that passed a “Help Not Harm” bill that applies to minors and prohibits doctors or anyone from blocking healthy puberty, prescribing cross-sex hormones, or performing surgery to modify a child’s body to appear more like the opposite sex. Conversations with other Family Policy leaders were valuable as we shared our challenges as well as our successes. I was able to tout our Motion to Intervene against Governor Murphy and Attorney General Matt Platkin who are suing NJ school boards that wish to inform parents of their children’s emotional, mental, and physical health issues. As Christians, we often relate to different biblical characters during the different seasons of our lives. Recently, I have been reading the book of Nehemiah, a man of God who was a simple layman, not a priest like Ezra nor a prophet like Malachi. His heart for God is revealed in Nehemiah 1:3-4 which reads, “‘Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned down.’ When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.” What can we learn from him today? • Nehemiah doesn’t pray for God to destroy the nations. He prays for... read more

The Pope Video for August 2023: For World Youth Day

Dear friends of The Pope Video, Pope Francis, quoting Saint John Paul II, tells us, “If you live with young people, you become young yourself, and the Church needs young people.” Thus begins the video with the prayer intention for August, produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, in which Pope Francis responds directly to questions posed by a few young people. In his responses, he also reminds them to follow Mary’s example, who, “as soon as she knew she was going to be the mother of God, didn’t stay there taking a selfie or showing off. The first thing she did was to set out on a journey, in haste, to serve.” And he concludes the video with the desire that this WYD be “a seed for the world’s future. A world where love is at the center, where we can sense that we are sisters and brothers.” “Let us pray that the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to set out on the journey, witnessing to the Gospel with their own lives.” Share the video on Facebook “I would also like to invite you to join in the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which spreads, also through social networks, the prayer intentions I propose for the Church each month. In this way, the Apostleship of Prayer moves forward and communion grows.” Pope Francis Be part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. Contribute with your grain of sand to build, along Pope Francis, a world where the human values that Jesus embodied in the Gospel prevail. Your participation is key for making the world aware of... read more

Come Hear the Story of Chloe Cole – TH SEPT. 28, 2023 – 6 to 8 PM, Stirling, NJ

You don’t want to miss this event. Dear Friend, Chloe Cole is a leading voice protecting children from dangerous and harmful gender ideology. Why? Because as a “detransitioner”, she has firsthand experience of the serious consequences of transitioning her biological body to match her confused view of gender identity. Now, at 18 years old, she is suing the medical doctors who altered her body, lied to her parents, and did not properly inform her of the risks and irreversible effects of transitioning. She is a victim of this radical agenda. Her voice needs to be heard and magnified.  Chloe has been featured in the Epoch Times, Prager U, FOX News, and many other media outlets. We are thankful that she will be joining us for a fundraiser on Thursday, Sept 28, in support of our Get Out and Vote efforts for this year’s election. This is unlike our major Guardian of the Family Gala in previous years. Our vision for this event, and more to be announced soon, is to give you a closer, more personal encounter with our speakers, and to meet our team at the New Jersey Family Policy Center. Seats are limited. Your ticket purchase will help us mobilize voters through digital and direct mail in 2023! This is our time to stand. This is our time to win. The next generation, in the womb and in the classroom, are counting on us. To Purchase Tickets and for More Information Serving the families of New Jersey,   Allan F. Wright Executive Director P.S. If you cannot make this event, please consider giving a gift online to support these Get Out and... read more


ONLINE GATHERING ON SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2023 AT 1PM EASTERN TIME; NOON CENTRAL TIME; 11AM ROCKY MOUNTAIN TIME; AND 10 AM PACIFIC TIME PLEASE SEE SR. LESLYE’S MESSAGEAND THE LINK, ETC. TO JOIN, BELOW I greet you with affection to invite you to meet on Sunday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m. Mexico time with Sr. Leslie Sándigo, General Councilor for the Salesian Family of the FMA Institute who will share with us from Rome a topic of great importance for our Salesian vocation around Laudato Si as a way of life, please send the invitation to each of the people who make up the centers of your province or country. It is important that we continue to enrich our associative life and family spirit through formation. We are waiting for you. LINK ID de reunión: 885 8383 5318Código de acceso: 762726 Les saludo con afecto para invitarles a encontrarnos el domingo 16 de julio a las 11 de la mañana tiempo de México con Sor Leslie Sándigo, consejera general para la Familia Salesiana del Instituto FMA que nos compartirá desde Roma un tema de suma importancia para nuestra vocación salesiana en torno al Laudato Si como estilo de vida, favor de hacer llegar la invitación a cada una de las personas que integran los centros de tu provincia o país. Es importante que sigamos enriqueciendo nuestra vida asociativa y espíritu de familia a través de la formación. Te esperamos. Copyright (C) 2023 Salesian Cooperators USA East. All rights... read more

Come Hear Our “Pro-God” Speakers at our Festival in October!

I embrace the term – thank you very much! Headline: Pro-God Group Tries to Intervene in Murphy Administration’s Lawsuit on LGBTQ Parent Notification  NJ Education Report, July 6, 2023  Salesian Family Festival October 2023 | Don Bosco Salesian Portal Fiesta de la Familia Salesiana de octubre de 2023 | Don Bosco Salesian Portal Dear Friend, At first, I was taken aback. I paused and wondered what her motives were to use the words “Pro-God” to describe the New Jersey Family Policy Center. Was this meant to be a slight to discredit us in the eyes of educators? Did she use the term to invoke a negative connotation in hopes her readers would identify and classify us as some religious fringe? Only the Lord knows the thoughts and intents of a person’s heart, but one thing I do know. I love the term! Let me say it as loud and as often as I can, ‘The New Jersey Family Policy Center is proudly and unashamedly Pro-God’. Historically, there are many acceptable terms that have been used to describe our work and mission including pro-life, pro-parent, pro-religious freedom. But if I could sum up our work and pinpoint a label that associates ourselves with a movement, it would be Pro-God. We are for God and seek to honor Him in all that we do. We protect the lives of all children, born and unborn, because they are made in the image of God. We protect the rights of parents and the innocence of children because family is an institution created by God. We protect the religious freedom of people because worship is the heart of... read more