|January 23, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 2 • Oakland, CA|
An advocate for the young
For this month of January, I will step out of the role
of columnist and proudly express my Salesian identity. This is the month
the Church remembers St. John Bosco, the Father and Teacher of the young.
Beginning in August 2012, the Salesian world will focus on the pedagogy and the educational methods of St. John Bosco. This leads to August 2013 and the launching of a study of the Salesian Spirituality—a unique gift of holiness for the world. The final year will focus upon the young of the world and seek out new frontiers to assist them in transforming the world into the image and likeness of their Lord, Jesus Christ. They are the best witnesses to one another. We are called to advocate for them and animate their efforts.
I would like to invite all of the readers to join in these efforts to come to know and imitate this great friend of the young. Let us pray for the gift to become advocates and defenders of the young in all parts of the world and in our communities. Let us ask for the grace to ignite in their hearts a love for God and a thirst for justice.
Keep an eye open for events in your communities for the study and imitation of Don Bosco. Be sure to seek out whatever resources are available recounting the wondrous adventure of this saint who launched one of the largest youth movements in history. I am proud to be a Salesian of Don Bosco and I invite you to share our journey to holiness. For more information, contact us at DonBoscoHallCA@gmail.com.
(Father John Roche, SDB, is director of the Institute of Salesian Studies at Don Bosco Hall in the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, and an adjunct professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.)
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