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12 April 2019

(Turin, April 12, 2019) - The Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) will celebrate its 150th anniversary on 18 April. It was established in Turin on 18 April 1869 through the work of Saint Giovanni Bosco, the year after the consecration of the Church of Mary Help of Christians (June 9, 1868), as thanks for the benefits that people recognized to the Virgin and as a tool for the defense and growth of the faith of the Christian people.

The inspiration that moved Don Bosco was to offer a proposal for a simple Christian life that would sustain the ordinary life of the faithful, anchoring them firmly to the "two columns" of the Eucharist and of Mary, Immaculate and Help of Christians.

In the message sent on the occasion of this happy anniversary the President of the Primary ADMA of Turin-Valdocco, Renato Valera, said: “The coincidence with the liturgical date of Holy Thursday invites us to live this anniversary with a Eucharistic spirit. As we give thanks for these 150 years of life of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, let us commit, faithful to the charism of our holy founder Don Bosco, to letting ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit for a renewed evangelizing and educational impulse."

"It is about living and bringing faith in Jesus Christ and love to Mary to many friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances," continues Mr. Valera. "The essential part of this evangelizing impulse consists in renewing the Association with a privileged attention to the family and to the new generations, favoring and taking care of personal friendship, openness to all and the spirit of service, making the deeply evangelical attitudes of Mary our own: her availability to God, her faithfulness in the hour of trial and of the cross, her spirit of joy and thanksgiving for the marvels that the Lord works."

More specifically, the 800 groups of ADMA aggregated around the world are invited to plan, for Holy Thursday or at another time, a time of Eucharistic adoration in which to renew, with Mary, faith in Jesus Christ and the commitment to be joyful witnesses of the new life of the Gospel.

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L’ispirazione che mosse Don Bosco era quella di offrire una proposta di vita cristiana semplice, che sostenesse la vita ordinaria dei fedeli, ancorandoli saldamente alle “due colonne” dell’Eucaristia e di Maria, Immacolata e Aiuto dei Cristiani.

Nel messaggio inviato in occasione di questa felice ricorrenza il Presidente dell’ADMA Primaria di Torino-Valdocco, signor Renato Valera, sottolinea: “La coincidenza con la data liturgica del Giovedì Santo invita a vivere con spirito eucaristico questo anniversario. Mentre rendiamo grazie per questi 150 anni di vita dell’Associazione di Maria Ausiliatrice, impegniamoci, fedeli al carisma del nostro santo fondatore Don Bosco, a lasciarci guidare dallo Spirito Santo per un rinnovato impulso evangelizzatore ed educativo”.

“Si tratta di vivere e di portare la fede in Gesù Cristo e l’amore a Maria a molti amici, familiari, colleghi, vicini, conoscenti – prosegue il signor Valera –. L’essenziale di questo impulso evangelizzatore consiste nel rinnovare l’Associazione con un’attenzione privilegiata alla famiglia e alle nuove generazioni, favorendo e curando l’amicizia personale, l’apertura verso tutti e lo spirito di servizio, facendo nostri gli atteggiamenti profondamente evangelici di Maria: la sua disponibilità a Dio, la sua fedeltà nell’ora della prova e della croce, il suo spirito di gioia e di rendimento di grazie per le meraviglie che il Signore opera”.

In particolare, gli 800 gruppi dell’ADMA aggregati in tutto il mondo sono invitati a programmare, per il Giovedì Santo o in un altro momento, un tempo di adorazione eucaristica in cui rinnovare, con Maria, la fede in Gesù Cristo e l’impegno ad essere testimoni gioiosi della vita nuova del Vangelo.

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