DB Novena Day 9

Day 9: This is the time for generosity in the Congregation. We are a Congregation that is always missionary….  We have a history of 162 years characterized by great generosity that already began with Don Bosco.  In a world where borders are more and more “a defense against others,” the
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DB Novena Day 8

Day 8: Together with Lay People in Mission and Formation We know well that Don Bosco, from the outset of his mission at Valdocco, involved many lay people, friends and collaborators in such a way that they could be part of his mission among young people.  He immediately “fostered participation
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DB Novena Day 7

Day 7: Presence in the Digital World Presence today also touches on the digital world, a new real areopagus for us, a habitat for today’s young people. Here too we need to be present with a clear Salesian identity, with the desire to bring the proclamation of the good news,
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DB Novena Day 6

Day 6: Young People: Active and Responsible Members of the Community Don Bosco found his first collaborators in the young who thus became, in a certain sense, co-founders of the Congregation…  The Salesian treats young people with deep respect, meets them at their level of freedom, and treats them as
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DB Novena Day 5

Day 5: Family Spirit This art (of Salesian presence) also consists in creating, with patience and dedication, an atmosphere rich in humanity, a family atmosphere where young people feel very free and able to express and be themselves, joyfully assimilating the values that are proposed to them. This pedagogy of
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DB Novena Day 4

Day 4: Strive to Make Yourself Loved Don Bosco’s expression “studia di farti amare”, strive to make yourself loved, is fully relevant today. Presence does not only consist in spending time with young people as a group, but in meeting them individually in a personal way, establishing a relationship that
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DB Novena Day 3

Day 3: Salesian Sacrament of Presence Pope Francis wrote to the Salesians on the occasion of GC 28, “Even before things that need to be done, the Salesian is a living reminder of a presence in which availability, listening, joy and dedication are the essential features which give rise to
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DB Novena Day 2

Day 2: Give Me Souls, Take Away the Rest Young Dominic Savio saw the words “Da mihi animas cetera tolle” and said, “I understand; here you do business not with money but with souls.” The “cetera tolle” makes us ready to leave behind everything that hinders us from going out
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DB Novena Day 1

Day 1: Identity of Consecrated Persons Jesus passes by, looks at us with love and calls us to follow him. As consecrated individuals, as Salesians of Don Bosco, God makes of us “a living memorial of Jesus’ way of living and acting” (Vita Consecrata, 22).  And the vocational challenge for
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The Luminous Mysteries for Vocations

The Luminous Mysteries For members of the Church, and for particular vocations 1. The Baptism of Jesus “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22) That young people, parents, educators and church ministers promote a vocation culture, helping all to embrace the foundational vocation –
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