Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Greetings from Fr. Tim, Sr. Leslie, and more…

Dear members of the Salesian Family, I greet you with joy on this special day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Let us join in prayer to Our Blessed Mother to watch over our families and Don Bosco’s Family. God bless you. Fr. Tim Zak On behalf of Sister Leslie Sandigo, General Councilor for the Salesian Family, and Sister Gabriela Patino, World Delegate of FMA Past Pupils I send you these best wishes for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. United in prayer. Sr Lucrecia Uribe...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: the “beautiful day” – Greetings of la Madre, Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, FMA

Greetings from the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Rome (Italy). The Message of Greetings from the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: This is the “beautiful day”! This is how Mother Mazzarello defines the days of the novena and the feast of MARY IMMACULATE! (L 16 to the Sisters of Borgo San Martino). Truly everything becomes beautiful with her. The Christian people live this feast as the triumph of the beauty of grace and celebrate Mary with the most beautiful and intense expressions of nature, of creation. In Valdocco, in Mornese, in our houses, for 150 years we have been singing to Mary with particular affection. The Marian Circle that is celebrated in each community unites us in invoking her in languages from all over the world. One wonders on what other day, if not December 8, could the call to a ‘poor priest’ and a boy to embody the Salesian charism be fulfilled, so that young people, avid for the future, for beauty, for...

Meet Pope St. Pius V: The Legendary Rosary Pope (Prof. Roberto De Mattei & Fr. Edward Looney)

In the great history of the Catholic Church, few popes have had the lasting impact and influence of Pope St. Pius V. You might have never heard of him, but this was a Pope who witnessed the crises of the Church amidst the Protestant Reformation and the growing strength of the Ottoman Empire. Today’s short […] PS – IT WAS GREATLY FROM THIS EPISODE IN HISTORY THAT DON BOSCO FOUND A FIRM FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO BUILD HIS STRONG DEVOTION TO MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS Source: Meet Pope St. Pius V: The Legendary Rosary Pope (Prof. Roberto De Mattei & Fr. Edward...

FMA’s 24th GC: the first “Goodnight” of Mother General Chiara Cazzuola

13 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – On 11 October 2021, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, 10th Successor of Mother Mazzarello at the head of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), offered her first Salesian “Goodnight” to the participants of the FMA’s 24th General Chapter with a message marked by the gratitude and centrality of Mary in the life of every religious and of the Institute. Already on October 5, 2021, immediately after the election, the newly elected Mother had said to the Chapter Assembly: “It is a mission greater than me. I trust in the Lord, and I entrust myself to Mary Help of Christians whom I feel very present. For this, I say Yes and I thank you for your trust. I know that it will be a path that we shall travel together.” Then, on the evening of Sunday 11, she expressed the following words with serenity and clarity: “The heart experiences many different feelings, but there is one above all the others: and it is gratitude. Thanks to the Lord for having called us to this wonderful Institute that Our Lady wanted. And this is a beautiful certainty that accompanies us. When we say ‘Mary...

International Youth Rosary 2021

By Cl. Paul Dungca, SDB        EAO, 7 October 2021 (Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, 3 PM, GMT 8+) — In the event dubbed “International Youth Rosary,” nine countries gathered together to pray the holy rosary to honor our Lady.        It was joined by priests, sisters, brothers, and young people. Almost 180 people joined the Zoom Meeting, while others participated via Online Stream. The activity was spearheaded by young people who likewise lead the rosary using their respective native languages.        They were: Inviolata Coo (Indonesia) – Introductory prayers in Bahasa Indonesia, Maria Vicky Bautista (Australia) led the 1st Mystery in English, Phuong Trinh (VIE) for the second mystery in Vietnamese. In Filipino, John Paul Almerez led the third moment. The fourth was in Tetum by Pedrosa Guterres (East Timor). Barbara Moe Pwint Phyu (MYM) led the fifth mystery in Burmese, with the same language, N Min Htun from Myanmar concluded the rosary. The participants responded in English.        A reflection on the power of the Holy Rosary was given by Fr. Dennis Paez, SDB after the second mystery. “The rosary is not just a prayer, it is a weapon,...

Miguel de Cervantes & the Battle of Lepanto

Miguel de Cervantes & the Battle of Lepanto SARAH METTS Miguel de Cervantes, who would one day write the great novel Don Quixote, was born in 1547 in Spain. His family had at one time held influence in society. By the time Cervantes was born, his father was poor and often had to travel in search of work. After studying under the Jesuits in Seville, Cervantes began a career as a soldier, and would find himself in the middle of one of the most important Christian military battles of all time—the battle of Lepanto.  By the 1500s, the Ottoman Empire’s naval fleet had become very powerful. They controlled most of the Mediterranean and often attacked parts of the Spanish and Italian coastlines, forcing the Christian inhabitants into slavery in North Africa. On Sunday, October 7, 1571, a group of naval forces from Spain, Naples, Sicily, Venice and Genoa, led by Don Juan of Austria, met the Ottoman forces in the Gulf of Lepanto, off of Western Greece. Cervantes’ own ship, the Marquesa, was part of the Christian fleet. When the fighting began, Cervantes was very sick, but when his captain insisted he should stay below, he replied, “up to now...