Spiritual accompaniment and discernment played a key role both in pedagogy and in the history of the Salesian family. St Francis de Sales and Don Bosco were great spiritual directors of their time. Their expertise in this area is evident in their practice and thought.

Education is not only a matter of instruction and the acquisition of skills. We must be concerned with the formation of intelligence, of freedom, of the capacity to love and to do good to others. The book, by Salesian Father Carlo Nanni, SDB offers an outline of the origin and development of Don Bosco's educational preventive system and how it is applied in our society to meet the needs of young people facing contemporary issues.

Gerry O’Shaughnessy, SDB, surveys the influences and legacies of the six Popes of the modern era, from Pius XII to Francis. In this fascinating book, Gerry explores the impact of the First and Second World Wars, changes to the Mass, and the challenges in Church and society faced by our most recent Popes. Each chapter ends with a set of questions for reflection, challenging the reader to consider how we as individuals and as parishes respond to aspects of the Gospel-based guidance from each of the Holy Fathers, and engage with pastoral work.

With the young, Don Bosco sought to offer a very holistic accompaniment while promoting meaningful life options. He creatively responded to the needs of young people of his time and accompanied them in their discovery and embracing of a valid response to their human and Christian call. Don Bosco’s method of spiritual companionship did not end with his death. Through his Salesian Congregation, he was able to radiate a charism built on genuine family relationships adapted to forms of expression which developed in different historical moments and within various cultures around the world. The scope of this research is to offer insight on Don Bosco’s understanding and experience of “spiritual companionship.”

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