An Interview with Fr. Blake Britton

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Virtual ESL: Empowering Salesian Leaders 2020

Empowering Salesian Leaders 2020 This year ESL will be a virtual program experience! Please see below for all the details and reach out to Mr. Guilherme Lopes if you have any other questions. We look forward to seeing you there! Cost: $35 When: June 8th – 12th Who: Young Adults (17* – 23) including past participants (*must have graduated from High School) Important Note: This online program is open BOTH to those who have not attended ESL before AND to those who have attended ESL before. Those who participate for the first time this year will also be invited to participate in ESL in person next year. How: Zoom, Zoom Webinar (Presentations, Prayer Moments), Zoom Breakout sessions (small groups) Registration Link: https://www.salesians.org/youth-and-young-adult-ministry/general-application/ Registration Open: May 8th Registration Close: May 29th Payment Due: May 29th Email all consent and release forms to Gui Lopes at glopes@salesianym.com. Share this:Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new...

Weathering the ‘perfect storm’: preparing for a new world

  Yangon, Myanmar, 9 May 2020 — The Covid-19 pandemic around the world is now a “perfect storm”. It challenges our ways of living, working and celebrating. The impact in Myanmar until now has been slower in coming, but that may only mean it will last longer. Country by country the impact has differed depending on geography, border controls, government leadership and decisions, and preparedness of public health systems. These are testing times for all. In every case the worst affected are those who cannot socially isolate, who do not have water to wash, who have lost their jobs and so have no daily income, who return to their country as unemployed, hungry migrant workers, who do not have a government that looks out for them. For many the priority is to “flatten the curve” of hunger. I want to encourage all to live this time fruitfully, generously, and with hope. Let us look out for one another. I join in the appeal of religious leaders to believers in God worldwide, to set aside “a day for fasting, prayers and supplications” next week on 14 May. In most countries of Asia we live now under restrictions. Schools are closed,...

Conversion – Vatican News

LIVING BEYOND THE CRISIS VATICAN FEDERICO LOMBARDI CORONAVIRUS CONVERSION Conversion The fourth article in the series “Living beyond the Crisis” by Father Lombardi. The current pandemic represents yet another call to spiritual conversion, not only for Christians, but also for all men and women. By Federico Lombardi Many of us have had the experience of being seriously ill at some point in our lives, or even just having a well-founded fear of being sick. If we didn’t give in to panic, we experienced a period that marked us spiritually, usually in a positive way. We realized that things and projects that seemed so important to us were ultimately contingent and transitory – that there are things that pass away and things that last. Above all, we became more aware of our fragility. We felt small before the world and before the great mystery of God. We realized that our destiny is only partly in our hands, even though medicine and science can do wonderful things. To use an ancient word, we became more humble. We also prayed more, we became more sensitive and attentive in our relationships with others, we were more grateful for their attention and for their...

Salesian gospel – Letter from Rome (May 10, 1884)

Rome, 8 May 2020 –  “Studia di farti amare” (Strive to be loved) – one of the most moving sayings of Don Bosco, and one we also bear on our Salesian Cross, again distributed during the General Chapte 28 to all delegates. For every visitor or pilgrim to the ‘Sacred Heart’ house in Rome the ‘must visit’ location is the small ‘Chapel of the Letter from Rome’. And for every Salesian these essential words from this 1884, May 10 letter are visible on the back of their perpetual profession cross.   One of the most famous researchers on Don Bosco, Fr Pietro Braido, defined it thus: “This is the most clear and essential expression of Don Bosco’s pedagogy and one of the most meaningful expressions of Christian pedagogy.” We have had this letter printed among the five ‘Appendices’ in the SDB Constitutions since the1984  edition, and it might be meaningful to take these few pages of Don Bosco again in our hands in these days around May 10th. During the past 136 years this letter has gradually become better appreciated and highlighted. Some years ago Fr Ian Murdoch (AUL) in his ‘Starting afresh from Don Bosco’ (ed. 2007) shared...
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