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(ANS – Rome) – The Councillor for Formation and Moderator of the 27th General Chapter Fr Francesco Cereda is encouraging the Provinces to prepare through reflection and prayer for the Chapter and is inviting the Provincials to prepare the Provincial Chapters. Salesian Biblical Association is preparing material for “lectio divina” on the topics of the GC27.
In a letter sent to the Provincial Formation Delegates, Fr Cereda reminds them that every Province needs to harmonise the processes of preparation for the General Chapter and for the Bicentenary of the Birth of Don Bosco. “In addition it will be up to the Province to decide how best to keep in mind and to take advantage of the events in the life of the Church which occur in this period: the Year of Faith and the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on New Evangelisation.”
To help the confreres to “reflect and pray” on the basic themes of the GC27, the Salesian Biblical Association is preparing examples of “lectio divina” on some of the themes connected with the three key issues of the next Chapter.
It has also already planned an exegetical – spiritual study of some significant Biblical texts on the subject of “Witnessing to the radical approach of the Gospel,” with the help of Salesian biblical scholars.
The “lectio divina” will consist in three or four pages each with an identical structure:
The biblical texts and the authors of these meditations opening the way to the “lectio” on the key issues of the GC27 are the following :
a) Mystics in the Spirit: Fr Juan José Bartolomé President of the Association
The vocation of Paul: Gal 1,13-17
The rich young man: Mc 10,17-31
b) Prophets of fraternal life: Fr Giorgio Zevini
The early form of common life: Acts 4,32-35
The common life and the gifts of the Spirit: 1 Cor 12
c) Servants of the young: Fr Frank Moloney
Feeding the multitude: Mk 6,30-44
Everything for everyone: 1 Cor 9
Fr Cereda says that “The reason for the choice of these topics is based on the “Letter of the Rector Major” convoking the GC27 and the “Outline of reflection and work on the theme of the GC27”, which can be found in the Acts of the General Council N. 413. and in digital format in the appropriate section of sdb.org”.
The texts for meditation and translations of them will be ready most probably by the end of June.
In the meantime, Fr Cereda the Moderator of the GC27 has asked the Provincials to appoint the Moderators for the Provincial Chapter, to fix the dates of the sessions and to set up the Provincial Preparatory Commission.