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us to open ourselves in prayer
The teaching of Jesus reminds
us that prayers by themselves do not save us, but only prayer
as an opening of the heart to God so that, in our meeting him,
he may enlighten and purify our hearts, making them humble, wise
and good. When we pray, Jesus transforms us into him, we are
transformed into his image, he makes his permanent dwelling in
our hearts. All this happens in prayer if we decide to let God
into our lives, loving him with all our heart, doing his will,
as Mary did all through her life, and serving him in our brothers
and sisters. The more we pray in simplicity of heart, giving
ourselves to God, the more we become his children, clothed in
his strength, so that Satan does not shake us like branches in
the wind. Anyone who with humility and love is united to Jesus
and Mary as the rock, resists the storms that the prince of this
world is unleashing to snatch souls from God. Prayer works miracles
not only in us, but also through us: it is the miracle of the
light and goodness we radiate, becoming instruments of conversion
for others. Conversion takes place by attraction. With his presence
in us Jesus attracts those who are far away.
Mary knows that we find it hard to answer, so with motherly patience
she exhorts us to give her our hearts, open and purified. She
prays that, like the fire that is dying in the fireplace, we
can renew our faith and love for Jesus, so that we can carry
it to others. If we do not live in Jesus, we cannot give him.
Love for Jesus is the light and the strength of our life. In
welcoming him we allow Mary to accompany us on the journey to
our meeting with the heavenly Father. This is the goal of life,
which we must not fail, because if we lose God we lose everything.
As members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians we give
thanks for the gift of meeting Pope Francis on the occasion of
World Day dedicated to Mary. It was a great gift of Mary that
has in some way confirmed our journey of renewal with special
attention and support for the family. A family anchored to Jesus
and Mary will be strong against all the snares of evil and will
be a sign of hope for a new humanity and the birth of new vocations.
Lucca Tullio, President - Don Pierluigi Cameroni, SDB, Spiritual
PROGRAMME 2013-2014: "Da mihi animas, cetera tolle"
3. Commitment to the Church
for the world
The power of "da mihi
animas" and the New Evangelization
"Da mihi animas" fills the lives of those who are inspired
by Don Bosco, marking their relationship with God, with their
brothers and sisters, and their personal contribution in history.
Contemplation is as important as action, the will to do what
is good and the commitment to search the necessary means.
As followers of Don Bosco, we express the meaning of our lives
in the warmth of pastoral charity. In our day there is a cultural
crisis of considerable proportions, the challenge of the New
Evangelization. The heart of the answer is the enculturation
of the Gospel. It is a pressing need for the Church. Salesians
and lay people are called to be ever more aware of the environment
- the culture and education - in which they operate.
Service of the Gospel
The Son of God became incarnate to reveal the face of a Father
who is a "lover of life" and to be at the service of
the physical and spiritual well-being of people, especially those
most in need of help and hope: "The Son of man came not
to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for
many" (Mk 10:45).
Following the example and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, the
Church and, in it, the Salesian Family, is at the service of
mankind to proclaim the Gospel and to call all to the fullness
It is a service that, according to the indications of the post-conciliar
magisterium includes: the renewal of humanity through social
work and various forms of educational initiatives; Christian
testimony both personal and community; explicit proclamation
of the Gospel with religious instruction and catechesis; missionary
work through inter-religious dialogue (especially the sharing
of life and prayer); collaboration with members of other religions
to fight against unjust situations; accompanying people who are
preparing to enter the Church; the animation of prayer, especially
the liturgical prayer of the Christian community; numerous initiatives
of human and Christian solidarity; many forms of missionary cooperation;
an evangelizing presence in places marked by religious indifference
Forming good Christians and
honest citizens is the aim most often expressed by Don Bosco.
By this he meant everything that young people need in order to
live their human and Christian lives to the full: clothing, food,
housing, work, study and leisure, joy, friendship, active faith,
God's grace, a way of sanctification, participation, dynamism,
inclusion in their society and in the Church. His experience
as an educator suggested a project and a particular style of
intervention which he summed up in the Preventive System, which
depends entirely on reason, religion and loving kindness."
The various groups of the Salesian Family take the insights and
experiences of Don Bosco and reread them in the light of the
renewed ecclesiology of the Vatican Council and the papal magisterium
on evangelization. Their activity as educators and evangelizers
is expressed in different formulae: "educative pastoral
ministry" as practised in the Preventive System; "educate
by evangelizing, evangelize by educating", "integral
education in the style of the Preventive System"; educate
and evangelize with the "pedagogy of kindness", and
other similar statements.
Basically, there are three
areas in which the Salesian Family realizes its multifaceted
evangelical service: human development, education, and evangelization.
Evangelization, understood as a proclamation and witness to the
Gospel, is the primary objective of the mission of all the groups.
The challenge of contemporary
Today we are witnessing an increased awareness of social, civil
and political life. It calls on those who are inspired by Don
Bosco to pay the same attention to cultural movements and changes.
The politics of the Pater Noster becomes the way to renew society
through work performed with competence and conscience, raising
the level of culture and developing a joyful faith, to make all
people equal as children of the same Father.
In this task, the renewed awareness
of the laity brings to the foreground the responsibility of all
people of good will. Some issues are urgent: the family as the
sanctuary of life, respect for the dignity of the person and
human rights, promoting a culture of solidarity and peace, human
development leading to more just living conditions, the defence
of ecological balance in the environment. A spirit of service
and involvement in direct political life need to be encouraged
and supported, to promote justice and fraternity, paying special
attention to the poorest and the least .
Together towards a renewed
Seeing culture as a human reality to be evangelized requires
a new type of cooperation between all those responsible for the
work of evangelization. Salesians and Christian lay people are
called to put into practice the power received in baptism: faith,
certainty that comes from trust in God, hope, and charity as
the distinctive sign of our belonging to God and our openness
We are committed to ensuring that faith becomes culture by being
proclaimed, lived and celebrated in its fullness. Authentic cultural
values, assessed and taken in the light of faith, are necessary
for the incarnation of the message of the Gospel in culture.
To fulfil this task, the Educative Pastoral Community becomes
an experience of communion and a place of grace, where the educational
programme contributes to uniting the divine and the human, the
Gospel and the culture, faith and life, in a harmonious synthesis.
In this new perspective, inspired by the Word of God and by the
Church's social doctrine, we can proclaim the newness of the
Gospel that focuses on the salvation of the person, service,
and orientation towards the Kingdom.
Salesians are challenged to become more radical in their "sequela
Christi." and lay people are invited to progress in the
synthesis between accepting the Gospel and concrete action. The
programme of life summed up in the beatitudes (which are the
values of the Kingdom) and the Lord's Prayer may also be offered
to those who belong to other religions.
ADMA AT THE MARIAN DAY WITH POPE FRANCIS
On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October one of the best attended
and most heartfelt moments of the Year of Faith occurred. This
was the Marian Day with the presence of the statue of Our Lady
of Fatima. In the homily of the Mass, Pope Francis posed the
question, "Am I a Christian in fits and starts, or am I
always a Christian?" He deplored the fact that "the
culture of the provisional and the relative is entering the way
we live our faith." He then indicated marriage as an example
of a fidelity that is forever, and not just for the first moments
Pope Francis presided over
the Mass in St. Peter's Square with about a thousand priests
concelebrating and more than one hundred thousand faithful present.
He structured his homily around three points: "God surprises
us", "God demands loyalty", "God is our strength".
He gave the example of Mary's journey of faith, showing how she
was a woman open to the "surprises" of God in her life;
a woman who was faithful in times of trial and difficulty; a
woman of thanks and of praise. The Pope said that Mary's attitude
is still relevant, especially in relation to family life: "How
often"- asked Pope Francis - "do we say thanks to those
who help us, and those who are close to us on our life's journey?
We often take things for granted, and this happens also with
God". "Excuse me, thanks, sorry: these are the three
words of a happy coexistence. If you use them, the family will
be a happy one."
This re-reading of Mary's life
of faith applying it to marriage and family touched the hearts
of the more than 300 members of the Association of Mary Help
of Christians, who had come from different regions of Italy to
experience this extraordinary event of faith and of the Church.
Many ADMA families were present along with many children and
young people who took part in both the Marian Vigil on Saturday
and the Sunday Eucharist. The Mass ended with the Act of entrustment
to Mary. At the end of the Eucharist Lucca Tullio, President
of ADMA, greeted Pope Francis assuring him of the prayer of the
Association and presenting him with an artistic reproduction
of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin.
SOUTH ARGENTINA INTERZONAL
On September 21, in the Salesian house in Bernal (Buenos Aires)
the annual meeting of ADMA in the Province of Southern Argentina
took place. Sixty-four members from various local ADMA participated
with Fr Luis Timossi as animator, The meeting coincided with
the first anniversary of the National Congress of Mary Help of
Christians, celebrated last year in Lujan, to which Fr Luis referred
in his address. He described the presence of Mary in Don Bosco's
life as "the personal presence of Mary, the hand that moulded
the Salesian charisma." In the group sessions the features
of Mary's presence in the dream at the age of nine were discussed,
and the participants reflected on how her educative presence
in the Salesian Family could be renewed: what do we want to learn
from her, and how do we go about it? During the Mass, Fr Luis
reflected on the word of God and presented Mary as the faithful
"administrator" par excellence of the gifts she received.
He invited his listeners to reflect and see if this same attitude
is present in our lives (María Inés).
PARISH of SAINT PAUL (LUANDA
- ANGOLA) 25th ANNIVERSARY of ADMA
On 22 September, the Association of Mary Help of Christians in
the parish of St. Paul (Luanda - Angola) celebrated the 25th
anniversary of the birth of the group. With great joy, the whole
Salesian Family celebrated the anniversary with Mass at which
Fr Filiberto Rodriguez, Provincial of the Vice-Province of Angola
presided. Many members of other associations in Luanda joined
the ADMA of St. Paul in their prayer of thanksgiving and joy.
At the end of Mass, Mr. Bartholomew Duarte, co-ordinator of the
Association, delivered a commemorative diploma to Irma Rafaela,
of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Cluny, who had been the
promoter of the group. In the afternoon there was a lunch with
the help of many members of the ADMA groups of São Paulo,
Mota - Bom Pastor, São José de Nazaré from
Lixeira and other members of parish groups and of the Salesian
Family who shared this time of celebration in an atmosphere of
FMA Petrolina (Brazil) - "We
have a family that belongs totally to Mary!"
On 3 October, the educative community of the College of Our Lady
Help of Christians, Petrolina welcomed Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda,
FMA, Councillor General for the Salesian Family, with a happy
heart. During her visit there were meetings with the various
groups that share our charism in the Salesian Family, among them
ADMA youth, ADMA Adults, Co-operators and Past Pupils. In her
address, Sister Maria Luisa gave a testimony of fidelity to the
roots of our charism, left to us by Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello,
as a visible sign of God's love among young people. She reminded
us of our role as promoters of the educational mission entrusted
to us and encouraged us to live as disciples and missionaries
of Jesus Christ, especially in the midst of the many challenges
of today's world. The spontaneous and charismatic presence of
Sister Maria Luisa Miranda left a trail of enthusiasm and commitment
to our mission. Now more than ever, we feel in our hearts a burning
sense of belonging that unites us as the Salesian Family (Sr.
Claudiane Cavalcante- Pastorale).
ALICANTE (SPAIN) - PROVINCIAL
On Saturday 26 October, at the Don Bosco Salesian House of Alicante,
the chairmen and members of the local Councils of ADMA in the
Province of Valencia gathered with the Salesians and the Daughters
of Mary Help of Christians and the spiritual animators, under
the guidance of the Provincial President Elvira Sanus and of
the Provincial Assistant Fr Mario Pardos. There were fifty-nine
participants from seventeen of the twenty-three local groups.
After the opening prayer, led by the association of El Campello,
the participants discussed various topics: training in local
ADMA for the year 2013-2014; communications for the Association
presented by Fr Pier Luigi Cameroni, world spiritual animator
of ADMA; proposals for formation of ADMA Youth sent by the Primary
ADMA of Turin; the conclusions of the last congress held in Zaragoza
and the handbook of good practices for national ADMA. The meeting
ended with Mass during which the president of St. John Bosco
Salesian House in Valencia and the FMA animator of Sueca, both
recently deceased, were particularly remembered.
THIRTY-FIRST ADMA CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES NORTH
The ADMA in the Province of Northern Philippines (FIN) held its
thirty-first Congress on Saturday 26 October. The congress took
place in the Salesian parish of St. John Bosco in Manila-Tondo.
It was animated by ADMA section of Manila dedicated to Santa
Maria Domenica Mazzarello and revolved around the motto: "ADMA:
Disciples like Mary, let us go and serve".
The congress then proceeded to the election of the new board,
which is now composed as follows: Mary L. Junifer Maliglig, President;
Felicitas E. Sugue, Vice President, Leah Ann M. Castro, Secretary;
Ingrid P. Lina, Treasurer; Charito Delos Reyes, Councillor for
Formation of Junior members; Rebecca Albaytar, Councillor for
Formation of Senior members; Leonora S. Austria, Councillor for
Activities; and Rheena May R. Lim, Councillor for Development
and Social Communication. The seven new Council members promised
to serve and guide ADMA in the Northern Province of the Philippines
for the years 2013-2017 to the best of their ability.
TORINO-VALDOCCO - 23rd MARIAN
On Sunday 27 October, the Association of Mary Help of Christians
(ADMA) held its 23rd Marian Day in a climate of Marian communion
and joy. This celebration served to deepen the spirit and content
of the Marian Day celebrated in Rome with Pope Francis on 13
October as part of the Year of Faith,.
Addressing about 300 people, Fr Roberto Carelli proposed a re-reading
and updating of the Pope's catechesis, emphasizing the maternal
role of Mary in untying the knots that block our path of faith
and relationships, especially in the lives of families.
Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, Spiritual Animator, then presented the
testimony of the new martyr of the Salesian Family, Blessed Stefano
Sándor, highlighting especially the deep family relationships
experienced by him with both parents and siblings.
This was followed by some testimonies: a couple presented their
impressions of their pilgrimage to Rome, and another told of
the monthly experience of families who come together for moments
of fellowship and prayer, and finally a girl of the Shalom community
shared her experience of evangelization through the parish missions.
In the afternoon, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians,
after the recitation of the Rosary, there was a solemn Eucharistic
celebration at which Fr. Franco Lotto, Rector of the Basilica,
presided. In his homily he stressed the importance of imitating
Mary in her humility. She recognizes her own littleness and celebrates
the greatness of God. We imitate her also in her love, which
does not judge but opens up to service and welcome. During the
celebration, 32 new members joined the Association from the Primary
and from Arese, Ivrea, Nave and the Shalom community of Palazzolo
On the occasion of the feast
of gratitude some members of ADMA in Mendoza (Argentina) sold
sweets and collected food for the needy people.
STEPHEN SÁNDOR beatified
in Budapest on 19 October 2013
On Saturday 19 October 2013, in Budapest, the Servant of God
Stephen Sándor was beatified. A professed brother of the
Society of St. Francis de Sales, he was born in Szolnok (Hungary)
on 26 October 1914 and killed in hatred of the faith on 8 June
1953. Called by the Holy Spirit to witness the Gospel in the
spirit of Don Bosco to young people, he watched over them to
the end, even offering his life for the salvation of the young
Hungarians and in defence of the rights of the Church. Let us
give thanks to the Lord for this special gift to the Church and
the Salesian Family in this Year of Faith as we journey towards
the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. Stephen Sándor
was a great devotee of Mary Help of Christians and spread among
young people a love for the Mother of God with great enthusiasm
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