Italy - Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians together: with the Pope, in the Church, at the service of the young

12 July 2018

(ANS - Rome) - Men and women consecrated to God, who share the charism and the mission and work fraternally and in a spirit of fidelity to the Church and the Pope for young people from all continents, especially the poorest and most needy: with these few words, the meaning of the joint meeting held yesterday, 11 July, between the General Councils of the Salesians (SDB) and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), at the Generalate of the latter. Leading the work session was the reflection on the next Synod of Bishops on "Youth, faith and vocational discernment" by Fr Rossano Sala, SDB, Special Secretary for this Synod.

In his presentation, Fr Sala illustrated the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod on Youth. The document, he said, is the result of "the convergence of listening to everyone", why it represents "an updated and realistic reference framework on the global youth condition", as well as being "a unitary and synthetic collection of the issues to be discussed."

Of the Instrumentum Laboris, Fr Sala emphasized the prospects, namely of accompaniment, a guiding theme of the Strenna 2018, too. It is, in fact, accompaniment that is the "presupposition for every Christian proclamation" and it is only in that perspective that we can speak of a journey of faith and that youthful leadership can be fostered - as indeed happened in the preparation of the synod.

Therefore, after having indicated positive and negative aspects regarding the conditions of today's youth – as in "paralysis before important decisions, but also of spiritual nostalgia" - the reflection led to a rethinking of the vocational dimension as a whole, which must lead to the "creation of a vocational culture that enhances and appreciates every type of calling."

Along with many questions and healthy provocations, the speaker finally indicated priorities for action for the two congregations: the primacy being assigned to the daily presence alongside the young, the quality of spirituality and testimony, the spirit of family, the commitment to give more to those who received less.

At the end of the presentation the SDB-FMA Councilors, divided into groups, elaborated reflections and resonances on how the two congregations are touched by the synod, what the respective contributions to the universal Church can be and what post-synodal path to foresee.

After a moment of sharing in an assembly debate, the work sessions closed with the summaries of Mother Reungoat and the Rector Major.


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