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BASILICA MARY HELP
was built by St John Bosco as a monument to the Virgin Mary,
with the title HELP OF CHRISTIANS, as the Mother Church and spiritual
centre of Salesian Congregation.
present is a 'virtual pilgrimage' through the most important parts of Torino-Valdocco,
sanctified by the presence of St John Bosco. Among these is the
Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
to Mary leads us to Christ and the brothers and sisters within
the church and the world.
The stages of every true pilgrimage must be:
1. LISTENING TO THE WORD OF GOD:
disciples of Emmaus, we need to find eternal life, joy and hope
through Jesus and his word.
this, spirituality cannot grow and there can be no adherence
to what the Lord has taught us with his word and work.
and our brothers and sisters through the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Together with the Eucharist, Confession was one of the pillars
of the spiritual and educational building of St John Bosco.
be the climax of every pilgrimage. With the Eucharist, we unite
with Jesus, our Saviour, the meaning and guiding light of our
On the cross,
Jesus gave us Mary as our mother. We trust her as our guide,
taking her as a model and source of help on our path towards
Christ and the Father.
ought to lead to a renewal of our faith in Jesus Christ. Christianity
is, in fact, much more than a cultural tradition, a body of truth
and dogma or a code of ethical behaviour. It is a Person, it
is Jesus Christ, Alive, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the
Definer of our life.
of our pilgrimage, real or virtual, remains pointless if afterwards,
within ourselves, we don't feel impelled to a greater obligation
of love for God and for our neigbour, within our family, our
occupation and in society.
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