|Don Bosco and youths from the Oratory tended cholera victims in Turin, 1854|
- becoming aware of the suffering of many people;
- paying attention to the many constant and silent epidemics such as the hunger that so many suffer, complicity in wars, lifestyles that enrich some and impoverish millions of people;
- asking ourselves whether we can live—those among us who have more—with a more sober and austere lifestyle;
- seriously considering that our world, the whole of creation, suffers, gets sick, while continuing to deny the evidence;
- realizing how important it is “to unite the whole human family in the pursuit of integral and sustainable development.”
- from closure to opening
- from individualism to solidarity
- from isolation to authentic encounter
- from division to unity and communion
- from pessimism to hope
- from emptiness and lack of meaning to transcendence.
- in borderline situations God continues to speak to us through the hearts of people who see and respond in original and different ways.
- the Salesian holiness of our Family is rich in models who have known how to live moved by hope (Blessed Stephen Sandor, Blessed Madeleine Morano, and others).
- accompanying young people along the path of existence, opening them to other horizons, to new perspectives;
- learning to live “within the limits” within a society “without limits.” That is, helping young people and adults to discover the “normality of life” in simplicity, in authenticity, in sobriety, in depth;
- letting ourselves be challenged by the many voices of hope of young people in difficult times: the ecological movement, solidarity with the needy.
|The Annunciation (James Tissot)|
Mother of God, our Mother,
teach us to believe,
to hope, and to love with you.
Show us the way to the Kingdom.
Star of the Sea,
shine above us
and guide us on our path.”
Memorial of Blessed August Czartoryski