South Africa - Rector Major to the young: "How many of you believe that you will need sacrifice to achieve your dream?"

11 March 2019

(ANS - Johannesburg) - Last Friday, March 8, landing in Cape Town, South Africa, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime reached the 86th country he has visited as Rector Major. "My wish is that the Salesians will help you to be good boys," he said shortly after his arrival, meeting the young students of the "Learn to Live School" path.

On that same day, the X Successor of Don Bosco had two other significant meetings, both at the "Mary Help of Christians" parish: the one with the local Salesian Family and the one with the youngsters of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM).

In the first of the two meetings, Fr Á.F. Artime recalled how in the whole world religious and laity of the Salesian Family really succeed in changing the lives of young people, and he also emphasized the value of unity: "In order to develop Salesian works, Don Bosco needed the help of many other people. It is very important that we remain united."

Then, with the youth of SYM, the Rector Major acted as a true youth animator, provoking them with several questions: "Are you happy?"; "How many of you have a dream?"; "How many of you think it is possible to realize it, your dream?"; "How many are willing to make sacrifices to achieve it?" ... In the end, to the young he indicated the example of Don Bosco, a saint who dreamed great things for the young and sacrificed himself to pursue his dream. And he reminded them not to leave Jesus out of their lives.

On Saturday morning, March 9, the Rector Major met his confreres in Cape Town where he said how Pope Francis once said to him: "Others work with the young, but the Salesians exist for young people."

Later, Fr Á.F. Artime dialogued with Msgr. Stephen Brislin, archbishop of Cape Town. He later reached Johannesburg where, first of all, he visited the provincial community of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

The Rector Major spent yesterday, Sunday 10 March, meeting young people and members of the Salesian Family who are active in the presences of Johannesburg. He reminded the youths that each person can be a gift to others and that holiness does not consist in performing miracles, but in performing "the miracle of service."

To the various groups of the Salesian Family, he emphasized the importance of witnessing communion and of being significantly present among young people.


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