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OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
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us to live our time as a sign of grace
and the help of Mary are for us a source of grace. It is important
not to close ourselves to the love of God, to his gifts, not
to follow our thoughts and plans, but we must open ourselves,
through the help of Mary, to the great adventure of the love
of God. "If we look at the history, we are bound to record
quite often the indifference and rebellion of incoherent Christians.
As a consequence, God while not forgetting his promise of salvation,
often needed to use his punishment.
As a consequence
it is natural to think about the first announcement of the Gospel,
from which very flourishing Christian communities had their origins,
communities that eventually disappeared and are remembered today
only in history books. Can this happen as well in our time ?
Nations rich with faith and vocations are forgetting nowadays
their identity, under the destructive and bad influence of modern
culture. There are those who, having decided that "God is
dead", declare themselves "god", making themselves
the makers of their own destiny, the sole owners of the world.
While getting rid of God and without waiting for his salvation,
man thinks to be able to do what he likes and to establish himself
as the maker of his actions.
But when man
gets rid of God from his own life, he declares God "dead",
is he really happier? Does he become more free? When men proclaim
themselves unique owners of themselves and sole proprietors of
creation, can they really build a society where freedom, justice
and peace find a place? Or, on the contrary does not happen -
as the daily life shows us - that abuse of authority, self interests,
injustice and exploitation, and violence in every form take advantage
? At the end, man discovers himself lonelier and his society
more divided and confused" (Benedict XVI Oct.5 2008 - Sermon
delivered at the opening of Synod on the Word of God ).
Our life becomes
a life of grace if we are with Mary and are attentive to her
teachings, because She helps us to live as Christians. Through
her untiring intercession she provides for us so many graces.
At times we do not even realize this gift! The more we open ourselves
to the love of God, through her intercession, the more we experience
the "discovery" of this love, always more creative
and new and we acknowledge the desire to pay back with a fidelity
always bigger and more precise. The presence and help of Mary
bring us to be more witnesses of peace and love.
If we want,
all of us can avail of these inexhaustible treasures: our free
time, our heart, our smile, our advice, our culture, our peace,
our word. It is enough to look around: that person confined in
the hospital, that widow who is always alone, that man without
job who is always sad, our brother looking for help, our friend
coping up with difficulties. Let us assume the new look of the
Christian - all of his life is based on the Gospel - that is
opposed to self-enclosure and avoidance of problems. Let us put
aside our safety based on earthly goods and let us lean on God.
We will experience peace and love in our hearts and we will become
witnesses of joy and peace for our neighbours.
Fr Pier Luigi Cameroni
Spiritual Animator of ADMA
Let us pray
Mary Help of Christians
(By Lucia Borri Billé - Salesian Cooperator from Trieste)
Rosary wants to help us to love more and more, following the
example of Don Bosco, this beautiful and traditional Marian prayer.
Let us ask God, through the motherly intercession of Mary Help
of Christians, to be able to go back authentically to Don Bosco
in order to learn to love the Church and Jesus as he did.
OF THE LIGHT - THURSDAY
OF THE LIGHT
"As soon as He was baptized, Jesus came out of the water:
at once the heavens opened up and He saw the Spirit of God coming
down upon Him in a form of a dove and rest on Him. A voice from
heaven said :"this is my beloved son, in which I find myself"
(MT 3, 16-17).
Through Baptism, I , too, have become a son of God and I was
freed from sin; but unfortunately I fall and lose the gift of
Grace. Lord Jesus, give me an upright conscience and the ability
to rush back to your mercy with the daily examination of conscience
and frequent confession. "Don Bosco regardless of human
considerations, in time and out of time, used to invite so many
people to the sacrament of confession" (MB 6,452).
"You can discuss so much on the various systems of education,
but as I am concerned I do not find a solid base if not in the
frequent confession and communion" (Don Bosco, Life of Besucco
MYSTERY OF THE LIGHT
THE WEDDING AT CANA
"Three days after there was a wedding at Cana of Galilee
and the mother of Jesus was present. Also Jesus was invited with
his disciples. At a certain moment the wine ran short, the mother
of Jesus said : "They do not have anymore wine" (Jh.2,1-4).
Lord Jesus, thank you for having given me your Mother. Make me
a believer of the power of her intercession so that I might rush
to her with faith.
I pray so that each family, may accept Jesus and Mary and live
in this way in unity and love.
"Our Lay does what she likes. After all our activities started
in such an extraordinary way since I was nine years old"
(BM 14, 609).
"When I was small my mother would ask me to kneel down morning
and evening and, all together, we would recite our prayers in
common, saying the third part of the Rosary" (OM).
OF THE LIGHT
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
"Time has come and the kingdom of God is near at end; convert
yourselves and believe in the Gospel" (MK 1, 15).
O Lord, I thank you for all those who speak to me about you.
Help me to understand that the only task of every Christian and
of the Church is the job of evangelizing and announcing the Word
of God. Remove from me the shame to proclaim my belief or the
fear to show my faith where it might seem not suitable.
I pray for the silent Church, for all those who are persecuted
due to their faith in Jesus.
"We must always include in our conversations some Christian
thoughts. It is like a seed which at given time will produce
fruit" (BM 1, 406).
"Any priest should never allow anyone that comes in contact
with him, to leave without having heard a word that shows the
desire of eternal salvation for his soul" (BM 3,74).
OF THE LIGHT
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS ON MOUNT TABOR
"Six days after, Jesus together with Peter, James and John
his brother, went to a secluded place, on another hill. And there
He was transfigured in front of them; His face became as bright
as the sun and his clothes became as white as the light"
(MT 17, 1-2). "Peter said to Jesus: "Teacher, it is
so nice for us to stay here" " (MK 9,5).
Thank you Lord, because you give me moments of deep consolation
in which I see clear your light and together with Peter I can
also say " It is so nice for me to stay here with you and
my brothers. I pray every Christian and Salesian community may
live in your name an authentic family atmosphere. Make me able
to find friendship, love, confidence and joy in this encounter.
"Among yourselves, love each other, council each other,
but never harbour envy or rancour, or better the joy of one should
be the joy of al" (BM 11,390).
"Every day I pray for you and for all my sons, and I wish
that each one would serve the Lord with joy and willingly, even
if he finds himself engulfed in difficulties and diabolic problems"
(BM 17, 632).
OF THE LIGHT
THE MAKING OF THE EUCHARIST
"While they were eating, Jesus got a piece of bread, and
after saying a blessing, He broke it and gave it to his disciples
saying : "Take and eat this is my body" (MT.26,26).
The love of God is manifested in the Body of Christ, and each
mission can only start from that adorable and contemplated love.
I wish to love more and more Jesus in the Eucharist while visiting
and adoring him. Jesus, help me to make my encounter with you
a daily activity.
"Cheerfulness, prayer, holy communion, are our aids"
(BM 10 1178).
The great love Don Bosco had with Jesus in the Eucharist, was
enriched with special graces and extraordinary events. During
winter of 1878,while Mass was celebrated near the room of Don
Bosco, two young boys who later turned out Salesians, saw the
face of Don Bosco being enlightened Then little by little, his
feet got detached from the soil and he was left standing in the
air for ten minutes. This happening took place at least three
times(BM 13, 897).
FOR THE APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER
that the witnessing of love, shown by the Saints, may strengthen
the Christians in dedicating themselves to God and to their neighbour,
following the example of Christ who came to serve and not to
MISSIONARY: So that the communities
of Asia, while contemplating the face of Christ, may find the
most appropriate ways to announce Him to all the people of that
huge continent, rich in culture and antique forms of spirituality,
and at the same time be faithful to the Gospel.
So that the experience of the mercy of God, may enable us to
spread into the world the hope that arises from the feeling that
we are accepted, loved and pardoned.
That Mary, humble maid of the Lord, may give to every person
that religious feeling that is born in the heart of ma
n and opens to the love of God and to the brothers.
Let us entrust
to Mary help of Christians in a special manner the 22° General
Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians that is taking
place in Rome, and also the election of the New General Council.
| We share with Don Bosco the love to Mary
We are going
to share with you some witnessing written by Salesian soldiers
while writing to Fr. Albera Paolo. Some of these have to do with
the love to Mary Help of Christians, through the prayer of the
With the idea
of showing his gratitude to Mary help of Christians, the Salesian
Coadiutor Augusto Barbero,1, while writing to Fr. Albera on September
26 1918, recalls that on the eve of the festivity of Mary Help
of Christians, while under the bombing of the enemy fire and
he was travelling to the front line at Castanevizza, he decides
to say the rosary, that he was holding in his hands, since he
remembered that the day after was the solemnity of the feast
of Mary help of Christians. He testifies that, in all sincerity,
he heard "a celestial voice" that was encouraging him,
inviting him to strengthen his faith while assuring him that
he was free from dangers, in spite of the fact that the battle
was carrying on, a very frightful situation, again for two days
more. For this reason he sent a donation to the Shrine of Mary
help of Christians in Turin, and again there, he asked his relatives
to offer a Mass in thanksgiving.
Also the coadiutor
Clicerio Migliavacca, shows his gratitude to Mary help of Christians
for having escaped dangers related to his body and soul. 2 He
relates this with sincerity to Fr. Albera (13.06.17) . But the
greatest gratitude from his part, is another occasion from which
he escaped with no harm at all, really very dangerous for the
interior life of a religious, such as forgetting and putting
aside the practices of piety and the Rosary: It is already one
year that I am in a war zone. It was for me a year full of dangers
for the soul and the body, but I have to be grateful to God and
to Mary Help of Christians to have watched over me and saved
from these dangers especially those related to the soul, since
we are so much exposed to. Now I tell you with an open heart:
since my arrival here I cannot recall a day to have abandoned
my practices of piety. When I was more open to these life dangers
I never put aside my Rosary, because I realized that these practices
of piety were for me the strength of my soul".
Augusto, Salesian coadiutor, born in Chivasso (To) on Jan. 2
1891, died in Rome on June 12 1953.
2. The data of coadiutor Clicerio Migliavacca are not available.
With joy we
introduce the number 1 of Booklets of Mary Help Of Christians,
under the title "Don Bosco in trincea", work done by
Fr. Leonardo Tullini. The booklet explain the Marian spirituality
as it appears in the letters of the Salesian soldiers with Fr.
Paolo Albera, second successor of Don Bosco and other superiors
during the first world war (1915 -1918). The purpose is to show
the human values and spiritual traits that helped the Salesian
soldiers in this collective dramatic war event, in order to value
more, from the inside, and in the real life, how the devotion
to Mary Help of Christians was a stronghold of the Salesian identity,
particularly in time of trial and difficulties. Let us read it,
let us meditate on it and let us make it known!
We invite to
value during the ADMA meetings, the Catechesis of Wednesdays
given by the Holy Father Benedict XVI on the person of Saint
We invite to
look at www.donbosco-torino.it in the section dedicated to ADMA.
It has been enriched with new means of formation and communication.
PRIMARIA of Torino-Valdocco
ADMA | Torino-Valdocco
5, 2008 - XVII MARIAN DAY
A sunny day of October accompanied the yearly Marian Day of ADMA
with the arrival of more than 200 members, coming from Piedmont
region, besides a numerous representation from Nave. (Bs).
After the welcome greetings , Fr. Leonardo Tullini, introduced
the little volume " Don Bosco in trincea" that recalls
the life of Salesian soldiers during the first world war, through
the exchange of news with the Rector Major Father Paolo Albera.
A special mention is given to the spirit of sacrifice and the
gift of themselves that was animating the life of these young
Salesians, sustained by a great sense of responsibility and by
a strong devotion to Mary help of Christians. Fr. Leonardo invited
all the participants to understand and underline the spirit of
this publication, inviting them to use it as a kind of vademecum
both for the spiritual and apostolic journey as well for that
of the association.
After this presentation, Fr. Pier Luigi Cameroni, spiritual animator
of ADMA, traced back the activities of the Association performed
during the past year: the realization of the directives given
by the Rector Major Fr. Pascual Chavez at the V International
Congress of Mary help of Christians; the presentation of ADMA
to the General Chapters of SDB and FMA, the implication of the
young couples and young families in the journey of the Association.
Late in the afternoon, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians,
during the celebration of the Mass, presided by the new superior
of the Valle d'Aosta and Piedmont region Fr. Stefano Martoglio,
19 aspirants made their commitment as members of ADMA. 13 belong
to the NAVE group (Bs) just recently instituted, while the other
6 belong to some groups from Piedmont. The presence of these
young couples and young families, was a sign of great hope and
renewal. To be noticed as well the fact that 4 of these couples
made their promise.
At the end we closed the activities with a little party, and
a joyful lottery to welcome the new members. This is the opinion
of one member: "The Valdocco day has been a beautiful event,
and as I stated before, we need these encounters to renew our
commitment, to receive strength and thank the Llord for the gifts
He bestows on us. The first publication was so interesting. Each
one of us got a copy of it. I believe that during this Marian
day we can find a moment to meet each other as separate groups,
with the purpose of sharing our difficulties, our ideas and draw
some resolutions" (Anna A).
ADMA -The spiritual animator, Fr. Pier Luigi, on the evening
of September 20 made a presentation of the Association in the
spirituality and the life to the young Salesian confreres , post
novitiate, members of the Nave Community (Bs). In a climate of
fraternity he related his recent trip to Brazil for the II Congress
of Mary help of Christians and he underlined the importance to
know and to nourish the feeling of belonging to the Salesian
Family from the very first period of formation. The same was
done on Tuesday September 23 , upon the invitation of Fr. Agostino
Sosio, the provincial of Milan province, at the gathering of
Como, during the occasion of the monthly gathering. The necessity
of taking care of the Salesian family in all the aspects was
stressed as a point during this meeting. This is also in consonance
with the Strenna of the coming year.
Saturday and Sunday October 12.
Fr. Pier Luigi
together with Bro. Michele Belotti, went to London in order to
show the gratitude of the whole Association to Mother Eugenia
Pantalleresco on the occasion of her 50° year of religious
profession in the order or Orsuline Sisters in Malta. Mother
Eugenia, before in Malta and now 27 years in London, distinguishes
herself for her great love to Mary Help of Christians and for
the spreading of this devotion to our Lady under this title.
On Saturday afternoon, a brotherly and joyous meeting of prayer
took place with ADMA London guided by the spiritual animator
Father Ugo Preston, Salesian. Sunday afternoon, a solemn thanksgiving
in the parish Saint Thomas More with a well attended concelebrated
Mass presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Londo Mons. Bernard
Longley and with the presence of 30 priests from the province
of Great Britain. The provincial Fr. Michael Winstanley was there.
At the end of the concelebration, Fr. Pier Luigi presented to
Mother Eugenia a gift consisting of an artistic statue of Mary
Help of Christians and a plaque of appreciation. He wanted in
this way to show the appreciation of the ADMA Primaria Council
and the whole association, to this lady as a special devotee,
a true person who fell in love with Mary Help of Christians.
30, the Provincial of Milan Province, Fr. Agostino Sosio, during
a solemn concelebration has canonically established the ADMA
group of NAVE, dedicated to Mary Help of Christians. This group
is attached to the formation house since his beginnings (1938).
It is now the outcome of a long journey of prayer and Christian
life. As a matter of fact, this small group was instituted since
1988 as a payer group devoted to Mary and catechetical formation.
The members met every Tuesday evening for the past 20 years.
Animated by the Salesian Spirit and enlightened by the messages
of the Queen of peace, this group kept on increasing reaching
the actual number of 70 members. The belonging to this association
is the answer to Mary help of Christians to testify with joy
the beauty of the Christian life. The first group was made up
of only 13 members. It is worthy of a note to stress that there
are various young couples who have started this journey of faith
and Marian devotion. Sunday October 5 in Turin, during the Marian
encounter they made their promise.
VII NATIONAL CONGRESS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
One of the
resolutions of the VII National Congress of the Association of
Mary Help of Christians at Liceo Manuel Arriara - La Cisterna
Santiago, was the duty to spread in the coming years the devotion
to Mary Help of Christians among the groups of the Salesian family.
200 members coming from Iquique up to Punta Arenas took part
in the event. After the solemn opening, animated by Fr, Vincente
Soccorso, the works of the congress experienced a particular
significant moment with the formative approach from Fr. Mons.
Ricardo Ezzati on the theme: "How to live the Christian
faith every day, as disciples and missionaries of Christ".
The approach of seminarian Cristian Guzman: " The fondness
and the mission among the most need youth"with the witnessing
of youngsters pertaining to the group Vida Compartida and to
the Hogar Miguel Magone, was appreciated.
Late in the evening the participants visited the Museum of Natural
History, the grotto of Lourdes, and the birth shrine of Laura
Vicuna situated in Renca site. All the activities were over with
the Mass celebrated in the Tempio Don Bosco, presided over by
Fr. Provincial Leonardo Santibanez.
The encounter was done in a familiar and joyous atmosphere, showing
the love that is shared among the members and the unity that
strives in the association. During the test and the evaluation
some objectives that were met during the past years were pin
pointed namely: the animation of life and the organization of
the Association, with the aim to deepen the identity; the growth
in the conscience of the members regarding the membership to
the Salesian family; the fact of having clarified and assured
the identity of ADMA, as a basis of life and action among the
local groups. Other achievements were the work done among the
poor youth groups and the feeling of being the promoters of the
Continental Mission in the local area. It is nice to remind that
the national Congresses in Chile, take place every two years
in different cities of the country : Santiago (1996), Conception
(1998), Linares (2000), Puerto Montt (2002), Santiago (2004)
and Punta Arenas (2006).
Dated May 23,
2008. At the conclusion of a triduum organized by the Parish
priest Fr. Giuseppe Hari, 11 aspirants have become members of
the ADMA; Present during this occasion were the members of the
Local Presidential Council. This affair took place in the Church
of Mary Help of Christians during the jubilee year with the presence
of the Salesians of this little town (1958- 2008). The new members
prepared themselves in order to be part of this association.
They took part in spiritual encounters and they met in collective
catechetical groups. During the celebration the Aspirants showed
themselves with devotion and proud to be members of the Salesian
family. The event ended up with the recital of the Rosary., the
procession with candles and the floral offering to the statue
of Mary Help of Christians. Everything followed by a sense of
joy and serenity. The association of Alcamo, presided over by
Mr. Antonio Romano, is made up of 100 members. They are always
involved in various activities of the parish.
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