This year the Rector Major, in line with the Pope and the whole Church, aims to reflect on the theme of the family. "We are a Family", is the statement that opens the Strenna 2017: the family as a place of life, the family as a school of Life and Love.
The choice of the theme of the Strenna of 2017 is the result of a request coming from the Council of the Salesian Family, which unanimously asked to elaborate on the topic of the family, looking to the challenges it faces in the new trends, to the reflections of the two Synods and on the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope "Amoris Laetitia".
The Strenna of 2017 does not claim to be a reflection that closes the discussion, but rather intends to propose important highlights that allow members of the Salesian Family to further develop the theme in their respective contexts.
The Rector Major makes a Salesian reading of the theme, takes up the main titles of the Pope's Exhortation and then suggests the reflection lines, based on the Frame of Reference for Youth Ministry.
The presentation will already indicate the commitments that would emerge from the Strenna of 2017: in the first place within the families related to the Salesian context; and then in the mission of the "Salesian Family in the light of the Preventive System of Don Bosco: making of the world a home, like a big family playground of friends, of apprenticeship of life, of encounter with God."
The full text of the presentation of the Strenna 2017 is available on the sdb.org website.