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Monthly Message : 24th june 2016
Mary invites us to
pray to the Holy Spirit
The presence of Our Lady is a gift from God and a freshness for humanity:
through her we are guided on the path of the commandments, of conversion
and holiness. We can use our freedom badly, by living in sin, but if
we live our lives according to the commandments and God's will, and
if we want to be converted day by day, we can become holy as Our Lady
wishes. In today's world it seems, on the one hand, that paganism is
triumphing where God does not exist or where there is no room for him.
On the other hand, there is a great number of good people, including
many young people, who are doing so many good things, even if they make
no noise about it. We do not look only at the negative things. Today
we must be more determined, freer and stronger, in recognizing the good
that there is, and in witnessing and proclaiming the good news of the
Mary invites us to read the lives of the saints and to imitate them.
May our lives become an imitation of Christ, of Our Lady and of the
Saints! We pray with all our heart and whatever we do, let's do it with
love, let's do it with all our heart, let's do it for the love of Jesus.
Even a good word, a small gift, a smile and many little things can help
to change our life, make our life new and make it a life of testimony.
The Lord is using us. He transforms us and we become beautiful with
a spiritual beauty ... We can see the miracle of conversion with our
own eyes every day. It gives us great hope and it is also the most beautiful
fruit that we have, thanks to the presence of Our Lady in our lives.
In fact it is the good God who changes hearts, because Our Lady intercedes
with her Son.
Satan is strong and if we do not pray he creates confusion and takes
away our peace. He puts unrest in our hearts and in our thoughts. This
is what the enemy and the world want: to bring about disorder and to
make us slaves of evil. But God wants us to be free. Our Lady does not
force us, but invites us. The way of God is joy and peace, the way of
Satan is disorder and anxiety. When we are with God, we live his commandments;
when we are not with God, we finish up like magicians and sorcerers.
Peace is found only in God, because He created us. This is why we invoke
with faith and insistence the grace and the gift of the Holy Spirit
to be with us in the choices of every day and help us to live in docility
to God's will.
Even in our Association there are many new seeds, as we can see in the
chronicle each month, and above all we feel committed to building a
strong alliance between the different generations through dialogue between
family ministry and youth ministry.
We wish to express sincere thanks to Sister Linda Pocher, FMA, who in
recent months has accompanied us in the formation process in the light
of the year of mercy, offering very rich and stimulating catechesis
for our personal life and that of the association.
Tullio, President / Fr Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Spiritual Animator
Good night of Mr Tullio
Lucca, President of the Primary,
At the World Consultative Body of the Salesian Family
Rome 28 May 2016
I would like this good night to be received by all with great simplicity
and familiarity, to be essentially a moment of family and home.
I would like us all to make ourselves comfortable and to be conscious
of the love we have for one another because, even though we still have
to grow in mutual understanding, we are brothers and sisters in Jesus
and in Don Bosco, under the loving gaze of Mary our mother, she who
has done it all. In this way the journey in the Holy Spirit and faith,
about which the Rector Major speaks in this year's Strenna, takes form
and substance, because it includes all of us here present and all those
we represent and whom we carry in our hearts.
I want to start by recalling the origins of our family. Lately I've
been lucky enough to go often to the Church of the Sacred Heart, on
the occasion of a business trip that brought me to Rome. I often stopped
to reflect and to be moved by the thought that Don Bosco celebrated
Mass there on 16 May 1887. That was the moment when the promise of Mary
was fulfilled: "In time you will understand everything." The
whole of his life came before him and its meaning became clear. The
emotion was such that Don Bosco interrupted the mass no fewer than fifteen
times. I remain deeply moved when I think about the life of our father.
His life was part of a dream, a dream of Mary. I am struck when I remember
that it was in Rome that he wrote that famous letter which reveals so
much affection, but also a lot of concern for his young people and for
his Salesians. And it does not take us long to get to the last words
of Don Bosco to Cagliero and Rua when he held them by the hand and said
"Love one another."
These images help us to understand how the life of Don Bosco was a wonderful
dream full of joy and light, but not without toil and pain. And this
is also our dream, one that brought us here and now is decisive for
I therefore wish to thank you first of all, tonight, for all that you
are and that we are and for all the people we have met and who gave
of themselves freely for us.
I am sincerely grateful for having met the Salesian Family. I will never
forget the feeling of my own smallness (which I still feel), but also
the feeling of responsibility and strength I experienced seven years
ago when I came to Rome for the first time for the Consultative Body.
I thought to myself, they really believe in us!
This thanks of mine is part of a larger thanks that it is first of all
for my life in Jesus and for Jesus and with Jesus, under the mantle
of Mary, for my marriage to Simonetta, for my children, for my parents,
for ADMA, and for the priests that the Lord has given me (including
Don Pier and Don Roby). Knowing that life is full of light and shadow,
as it was for Don Bosco, I then call to mind faces and people. I think
about little Anna, born on 27 March, the latest gift of the Lord to
our families. I think of Cristina about whom the Rector Major spoke
on the feast of Mary Help of Christians who accepts suffering and offers
up her life in faith. I think of Mariapia who prays faithfully to Don
Giuseppe Quadrio for a miracle, because she feels that her five children
and her husband still need her. Or of Teresa, a young ADMA member who
is doing everything to set aside the money to go to World Youth Day
in Poland. I think of Emanuela who is heartbroken because her husband
has left her, but trusts in God and lives her marriage faithfully, offering
it up every day for the husband and three children. And I think of so
I think also of the motherly care of Mary even in the smallest things.
For example, a few summers ago the house of the Salesians was not big
enough to accommodate all the families that came for the summer retreat.
We had to search for houses and guess who rented his house to us - a
gentleman named Bosco, whose wife's name is Ausilia. They live 24 kilometres
away on the highway of Champoluc valley and in their garden there is
a statue of Mary. And then in one family the husband was a bit hesitant
about joining ADMA. On the highway, while he was talking with his wife,
a truck passed with an image of Mary Help of Christians on it. I could
recall many similar stories and each one of us could do the same.
These and many other stories teach us that life is full of light and
shadow and that only Faith and Mercy can give a taste for what is worth
living for. We know that, like Don Bosco, we will understand everything
at the end.
Then I would like to share the beauty of our journey as the Salesian
Family! Who knows if, on that 16 May1887, Don Bosco also saw us! We
enjoy all this with a family spirit and give back all the mercy we have
been given like Don Bosco, who did everything following the example
of Mary: one step at a time, one brick at a time, one little victory
at a time over our human nature. All for Jesus, all with Mary. Let us
welcome our Mother into our homes, let us take her as our model and
She will give success to all our undertakings. We believe in faith that
the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Valdocco is really "Hic
domus mea, inde gloria mea". This was the motto of the Seventh
Congress of Mary Help of Christians held last year. It was a family
meeting that brought us together with joy and faith around our mother
from all over the world. It was an event we prepared for following the
method of Mary: Fiat, Stabat, Magnificat. And faith bears fruit: new
groups spring up, new adventures (Youth and Family), many families continue
to arrive, and new alliances are formed.
May all this be an encouragement and may we recall ever more and more
our responsibility to those who are waiting for our joy, our faith,
our hope and our love.
Thanks to Jesus, to Mary, to Don Bosco and thanks to you!
Good night from my heart!
FR CAMERONI VISITS THE SALESIAN MISSIONARY PROVINCE OF MATO GROSSO
From 25 April to 5 May 2016, at the invitation of the Provincial Fr
Gildasio Santos, I visited the Salesian missionary Province of Campo
Grande (Brazil). These were days of special grace and intense fraternity
that enabled me to get to know the Salesian presence in this region
of Brazil, comprising the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul.
It is a province rich in history, in evangelical testimony, apostolic
zeal and education according to the heart of Don Bosco.
I got to know a hundred years of history, enriched by the testimony
of numerous confreres who with great sacrifice and passion proclaimed
the Gospel. They sowed seeds of education as they worked in the land
of the missions, some even to the point of martyrdom like Fr John Fuchs
and Fr Pedro Sacilotti who were killed in 1934, and Fr Rodolfo Lunkenbein
and a native Bororo called Simão who were killed in 1976 for
defending the rights of the indigenous people. I visited the places
where Venerable Attilio Giordani ended his days. He was a layman, married,
father of a family, catechist and animator of the Oratory, Salesian
Cooperator, a missionary of the gospel of joy, with "a boundless
heart," as is written on the stone that guards his heart at Poxoréo.
I met different groups and members of ADMA. There are 12 groups in the
province, animated by the Vice-Provincial Fr Adalberto De Jesus. In
particular I was impressed by the more than 60 young people of the Marian
Rosary groups, that I met in Campo Grande, especially for their apostolic
passion and love for Jesus and Mary, along with their desire to be members
of Youth ADMA.
I was very happy to begin the month of May at Cuiabá. I enjoyed
both the well-attended solemn Eucharistic celebrations, and those of
ADMA. I invited the ADMA groups to begin a journey of renewal in their
care of the family.
I was very moved by the welcome and the meeting with the ADMA group
of Bororo of Meruri. They promote the Rosary and spread devotion to
Mary Help of Christians in the mission and in families.
I experienced what the Rector Major has given us in this year's Strenna:
"With Jesus, we journey together in an adventure of the Spirit".
I shared an adventure of the spirit with members and groups of the Salesian
Family and with ADMA members, in their openness to the gifts of God
and in recognizing authentic signs of holiness and martyrdom, especially
in lives donated for the gospel in the defence of children, the poor
and the indigenous people.
(Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Spiritual Animator of ADMA).
BRAZIL - YOUNG PEOPLE OF CAMPO GRANDE START THE FIRST ADMA YOUTH GROUP
IN THE COUNTRY
During Mass on Sunday 22 May, Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, a group
of 28 young people pledged to form the first ADMA Youth group in Brazil.
The celebration took place in the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians
in Campo Grande - MS. On 28 April, the young people had participated
in a meeting with the World Spiritual Animator of the Association of
Mary Help of Christians, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, and accepted his invitation
to start an ADMA youth group. They felt ready to embrace the cause of
Mary Help of Christians with devotion, promoting the spread of the faith
and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in order to bring other young
people to love for the Mother of Jesus.
ECUADOR - THE STATUE OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS KEPT IN A HOUSE
Manta, Ecuador - 12 May 2016 - In the "12 de octubre" district
of Tarqui, Manta, no one died and none of the houses suffered major
structural damage in the earthquake of 16 April. Devotees of Mary Help
of Christians attribute this "miracle" to the presence of
the statue of Our Lady, the patroness of the district. Mrs Josefa García
Naranjo took the statue to her home and set up a small altar where every
night the community gathers for a prayer of thanks.
POLAND - DEVOTEES OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS IN AUSCHWITZ.
On May 14, a meeting of the ADMA groups in Poland took place at the
Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Auschwitz with the motto "The
Almighty has done great things for me."
The meeting was opened by Father Tadeusz Rozmus, Regional Councillor
for Central and Northern Europe. He expressed his satisfaction at the
regular meetings of ADMA and assured the members of a constant remembrance
in his prayer. He welcomed the participants and the provincials who
were present, Fr Dariusz Bartocha of Krakow, Fr Andrzej Wujek of Warsaw,
Fr Jaros?aw Pizon newly appointed Provincial of Wroclaw, and Fr Adam
Pop?awski of Pi?a. There was time for listening and prayer that strengthened
and deepened devotion to Mary. Fr Wojciech ?yci?ski gave an interesting
conference on the theme: "His mercy is from generation to generation."
Starting from the biblical concept of God as merciful Father, he described
the image of the merciful God that Mary had, and also her way of proclaiming
this mystery, as expressed explicitly in the words of the Magnificat.
Subsequently there was a report on the beginning and development of
Marian devotion in the Shrine of Szczyrk. Fr Stanislaw Oskwarek said
that "Shrines are a special place of meeting between man and God"
pointing out not only that Mary leads us to Jesus, but Christ shows
us Mary, whose intercession helps us to worship God.
Mass was celebrated at noon. The Provincial Fr Dariusz Bartocha presided
and the homily was given by Fr Andrzej Wujek. He described the role
of Mary in the life of the Salesian Family and also presented the history
of the Image of Mary Help of Christians which is faithfully reproduced
in Auschwitz. The singing was led by confreres from the seminary group
After lunch and a short break there were three other talks. In the first
the parish priest, Fr Zygmunt Kostka, presented the history of the Image
of Mary Help of Christians in Krakow-D?bniki. Then Fr Krzysztof Pilarz,
together with his parishioners, shared the testimony of Marian devotion
in Przy??ków. Last to speak was the organizer of the meeting,
Fr Marek G?uch, parish priest of Auschwitz, who said that the beginnings
of this shrine are to be attributed to Mary. In 1894, during the Corpus
Christi procession, Mary appeared miraculously on the ruins of the Dominican
church of the Holy Cross as an explicit sign that a new church was to
be built in this place. He also described the history of the arrival
of the Salesians in this place, the beginning of the school complex,
and also the miracles and graces received through the intercession of
Mary Help of Christians in Auschwitz. At the end the Rector Fr Bogdan
Nowak gave the blessing of Mary Help of Christians to all present. (Marcin
TURIN - FEAST OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS 2016
Once again this year, as is the tradition, ADMA joined the whole Salesian
Family and many devotees of Mary Help of Christians in celebrating the
feast of our Mother, around the Successor of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel
Fernández Artime. He spoke of Mary Help of Christians with great
enthusiasm and passion placing her among the pillars of the charism
and of Salesian work: "For us Mary Help of Christians is the Marian
dimension of our vocation. We feel that she is our mother and we have
the certainty that she accompanies us in our pastoral duties, in the
firm certainty, as Don Bosco said, that it is she who does everything
and continues to do everything."
ADMA Primary prepared for the feast with a day of retreat on Sunday
RMG - THE WORLD CONSULTATIVE BODY OF THE SALESIAN FAMILY
The leaders and delegates from 23 of the 30 groups of the Salesian Family
gathered 27-29 May at the Generalate of the Salesians for their annual
meeting. The President, Mr Tullio Lucca and the Spiritual Director,
Fr Pierluigi Cameroni were present for ADMA.
The main challenge of the annual meeting of the World Consultative Body
of the Salesian Family was that of the post synodal exhortation Amoris
Laetitia. There was a sharing of experiences and good practices already
underway in the various groups of the Salesian Family. Further inputs
came from Bishop Domenico Sigalini of Palestrina, on the theme "The
Synod and the Apostolic Exhortation on the Family: Challenges and opportunities
for the Salesian Family". This was followed by a workshop led by
Fr Roberto Carelli, "Fostering the family: anthropological, pastoral
and educative guidelines according to the Salesian charism".
Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat
for the Salesian Family coordinated the work, while the Rector Major
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime shared a big part of the days
with us. In a family atmosphere, the new Officers of the Don Bosco Past
Pupils and FMA Past Pupils were introduced as well as the Sisters of
Charity of Jesus and the Witnesses of the Risen Lord. The Missionary
Sisters of Mary Help of Christians presented the figure of their founder,
Bishop Stephen Ferrando, recently declared venerable.
On the morning of Saturday 27 May we had the grace of celebrating the
Eucharist at the tomb of St. Peter in the Vatican grottoes as part of
the Jubilee of Mercy.
On Sunday morning we shared the results of the seminar on promoting
the causes of beatification and canonization in the Salesian Family,
and heard the message offered for this occasion by the Rector Major.
The Secretariat for the Salesian Family then presented a proposal for
communication between the various groups and some insights on the "Identity
Card of the Salesian Family". Finally, two new members of the Secretariat
were elected: Mr Ricardo Sa of Canção Nova and Ms Dina
Moscioni from the Witnesses of the Risen Lord.
That all the houses of formation in the Congregation be inspired daily
by the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Testimony of Salesian holiness
The Servant of God Anna Maria Lozano (1883-1982), co-founded with Blessed
Luigi Variara the Daughters of the Sacred Hearts. In a circular letter
of 1968 she wrote: "The Divine Heart of Jesus is ready to fill
us with his love and his great mercy. Every day we feel more and more
the protection and infinite tenderness of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We must respond generously! "Love is repaid with love."
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