They call us YOUTH experts. I do not know if we are experts, but one thing is certain: we Salesians have youth in our DNA since the moment Don Bosco dreamed of us, thought of us. Our identity is so tied to them that one cannot conceive a Salesian as being far away from young people.
Some were astonished to see the face of Pope Francis injured during his visit to Colombia. The bruise on his eyebrow and on his cheekbone, the blood-stained white garment. A small accident on the Pope-mobile, which brought to mind the words of Bergoglio and inspired my ANS Editorial: "I prefer a Church that is bruised, wounded and dirty because it is going out into the streets, rather than a Church made sick by closure and the convenience of clinging to its own safety." (EG49)
"Lift up your hearts! No more complaint and fear! It well may be some happier hour will find this memory fair.” These are the words with which Aeneas encourageed his companions in the adversity of fate and dangers. (Virgil, Aeneid, I, 203)
While in recent years the global scenario is increasingly characterized by a climate of widespread intolerance, where violence and xenophobia create a culture of division, in everyday life, within the family, with friends, in associations or groups, one the one hand we experience a need to live authentic relationships and on the other the sad truth of fatigue or of failure.