Convocation of the 12th Regional Congress of Don Bosco Past Pupils

By Secretary General PPDB        World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, 6 June 2021 — Five years after the 11th Regional Congress (Timor Leste, Dili – October 2016) the World Confederation President Mr. Michal Hort has convoked the 12th Congress, this time to be held online on 25-26 June 2021 due to travel restrictions in the Asia-Pacific Region.        Pandemic restrictions forced the cancellation of the long-awaited 2020 December Congress in Tokyo, Japan, and the President of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, Mr. Michal Hort sent out the following notice on 2 June 2021:        “It is an honor and a pleasure for me to announce the Asia-Oceania Regional Congress of Past Pupils of Don Bosco. The originally planned Congress in Tokyo – Japan for 2020 had to be canceled due the Covid-19 crisis. Since the Pandemic is still very real and challenging, after consultation with the Presidency, Regional Councilor for Asia – Oceania Mr. Rajesh Gupta and GEX Regional Councilor Mr Niel Evangelista, we decided to have the Congress in 2021 but in online space on 25-26 June 2021.        I would like to encourage you personally to attend the meeting, since it is an important activity for whole region which, I hope will bring a lot of fruits. Because of that believe I will personally participate on the Online Congress … [along with the two Asia-Oceania World Councilors will be present also our World Delegate, Br. Dominic Nguyen Duc Nam]”.        The two-day (25-26 June) online program envisions three sessions with the evaluation of the... read more

Ten Ways Mary’s Presence Has Endured Throughout Time

There is no woman in the history of the world who has left a more powerful presence in the most positive ways than the Blessed Virgin Mary. Indeed, Mary is the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Mystical Rose, and the Gate of Heaven. These […] Source: Ten Ways Mary’s Presence Has Endured Throughout... read more

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people”

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people” 08 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – In the last two weeks of May and the first of June, delegates, consecrated persons and lay people from all the Provinces of the world participated in three formative sessions organized by the Youth Ministry Sector. This initiative was conceived in response to the need of the Provinces to form and share the pastoral and moral keys for the affective-sexual education of young people, thinking of educational criteria. The participation was very numerous and representative of the various realities: a total of about 580 people across three days. With great competence and skill, Professor Javier de la Torre introduced the participants to very delicate and significant issues on an educational-pastoral level, but also on a personal level. In the first meeting, the pastoral and moral keys for the affective sexual education of young people were provided. They started from a horizon in which there are insufficient models of sexuality education to arrive at principles of sexuality education that envisage a path of knowledge – as opposed to ignorance -, of openness and communication – as opposed to silence -, of attention and acceptance of diversity and vulnerability. A path that leads from “sentimental illiterates” to tune the strings of affection, to moderating desire in a consumerist society, to valuing limits, to rules, to strengthening oneself as educators in prudence and equilibrium. In the second meeting, attention was paid to sexual diversity (the question of homosexuality and sexual orientation), focusing on educational criteria as a pastoral field. They went beyond the theories, beyond... read more

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Be salt and light for the world!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 8 JUNE  2021  Tuesday 10 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”                                                               (Mt 5: 13-16) How shall I live this Word?   What is the purpose of our ‘being’ and ‘being there’? Our aim is to give flavor, taste, and meaning to things, to keep the light on when the dark wants to invade. Our ‘being there’ must make things change in terms of quality by illuminating through our humanity which is “salt and light” so that those around us may “see our good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father”. It is the visibility of love which is indicative of Someone else. We are called to make visible the depth of things, the preciousness of creation, the dignity of life with what we are and what we live, leading our humanity to fullness, the only mediation to reach Him. Lord Jesus, teach us to love each other with what we are, to give flavor, to enlighten, and to warm, so that our neighbor... read more

Take on Jesus’ attitudes…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 7 JUNE  2021  Monday 10 WORD of the DAY  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn,  for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.  (Mark 5: 1-12) How shall I live this Word?   The starting point of joy, of bliss is our tears. All true bliss originates in the greatest vulnerability. To believe means to understand that what makes us suffer is not a condemnation but the reality from which to start, it is to have a direction within the crying. It is the pain to ‘accept’ to ‘go through’. In this sense, the word “blessed” that Jesus pronounces is a promise, an orientation to be taken, a path to follow as ‘travelers’ of His love. Jesus, your life is the manifesto of the lived Beatitudes in which joy and pain are always intertwined so that it is always reborn. The Voice of  Albert Camus, Author Blessed are the hearts that know how to bend, because they will never be broken! ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail:  Website:  Blog:   Comment by Sr. Emilia Di Massimo,... read more

Jesus gives Himself to us!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 6 JUNE  2021  Sunday 10 MOST HOLY BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST WORD of the DAY  On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water. Follow him.  Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘ Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.”   The disciples then went off, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover.                                          (Mark 14: 12-16/22-26) How shall I live this Word?   “Take.” This is the precise and clear verb. Stringent and without excuses. Jesus does not ask the Apostles to adore, contemplate, venerate that Bread, but rather, “I want to be in your hands as a gift, in your mouth as bread, in your heart as blood, to make Me your breath. Your life. Take.” Within it resounds all of God’s need to realize a communion with us without obstacles, without fears, without ulterior motives. Leo the Great expresses it with a famous formula, “participating in the body and blood of Christ tends to transform us into what we receive.” May we all become what we receive, we too... read more

Give all to God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 5 JUNE  2021  Saturday 9 WORD of the DAY  In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.  Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”                              (Mark 12: 41-44) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus helps the disciples to look carefully at reality, grasping not only the most evident problematic aspects, such as the vain and ambitious attitude of the rich and of religious men, but also what might seem insignificant, irrelevant, uninteresting to them, such as the gesture of a very poor widow who throws two ‘lepta’ into the treasury of the Temple, which are the smallest coins in the Greek world. It seems that Jesus means, “From whatever angle you look at it, the widow’s offering corresponds to the absolute minimum. But if you look more carefully you will discover that it... read more


FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 4 JUNE  2021  Friday 9 WORD of the DAY  As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.’ David himself calls him ‘lord’, so how is he his son?” The great crowd heard this with delight.                     (Mark 12: 35-37) How shall I live this Word?   While Jesus speaks, says the evangelist Mark, there is a large crowd to listen to Him with delight. But I wonder how many of those people understood the significance of the things Jesus was trying to explain. Certainly, we are faced with difficult words on an issue that has been the subject of misunderstanding in all generations of disciples, the nature of the kingdom of God. The kingdom inaugurated by Jesus, we well know, is not of this world. And above all, it does not have a physical place, bounded by borders, defended by armies, in which to settle, because it coincides with the human heart. It is in the heart of the human being, of every person, where the Lord wants to be recognized as Lord. Because until He has the first place and is in the center of human existence, there will be wars, divisions, enmities, hatred, violence of all kinds. Therefore, Lord, help us to contribute even today to the building up of the Kingdom whose advent we continually invoke. So be it!! The... read more

US Catholics to celebrate Religious Freedom Week – Vatican News

The Bishops of the United States are calling on American Catholics to pray during the upcoming week for religious freedom, held from 22 to 29 June. US Catholics to celebrate Religious Freedom Week By Vatican News staff writer “Solidarity in Freedom” is the theme of the annual Religious Freedom Week, which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is promoting from June 22 to 29. The reason for the choice of dates is that 22 June marks the liturgical memory of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, who died defending the primacy of the Roman Pontiff in the dispute over Henry VIII’s marriage. 29 June, on the other hand, marks the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome. In a message published on their website, the Bishops write that “solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community.”   Religious freedom, they continue, allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all. Prayer guides In view of the event, the USCCB has prepared a special prayer subsidy that suggests, for each day of the Week, a specific theme. On 22 June, prayers will be said for “children waiting to be placed in a loving home”; on 23 June, for all Catholic institutions that, “with wisdom and courage” place themselves at the service of the world affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; on 24 June, prayers will be said for respect for the dignity of all in the United States, while the following day prayers... read more