(ANS – Ramsey) – Thursday, November 24, was the American national holiday of Thanksgiving, a tradition rooted in the nation’s 17th-century settlement by the English. For that occasion and for the visit of Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime to the Eastern U.S. and Canada Province (SUE), the Salesian community of Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey, extended an invitation to the feast to all the SDBs who would be able to come.
(ANS - Rome) - The second illustration for the poster of Strenna 2023 shows one hundred personages rich in details and expressions and is the work of the Spanish artist Agustín de la Torre, Salesian Cooperator and teacher. The author demonstrates a strong desire to reflect in his artistic work all the fruitfulness and extension of the Work of Don Bosco in the world, in harmony with the proposal of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, for the theme of the Strenna 2023: "AS THE YEAST IN TODAY’S HUMAN FAMILY. The lay dimension in the family of Don Bosco”.
(ANS - Rome) - The two posters selected by the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime to illustrate the message of his Strenna for 2023: "AS THE YEAST IN TODAY’S HUMAN FAMILY. The lay dimension in the family of Don Bosco" were released today, 24 November 2022. The option of animating the Salesian Family with two different images is therefore renewed once again this year, because both are able to represent the proposed theme well, each enhancing different accents, styles and suggestions. The first of the two posters is the work of the Office of Social Communication of the "St. Anthony" Province of Portugal, and it clearly expresses the industriousness and liveliness of the Salesian Family at the service of young people all over the world, both yesterday and today.
Ukraine – Bishop Ryabukha: "Me, new bishop in Donetsk, who cannot meet my people"
(ANS - Donetsk) - In a little over a month, Salesian Maksim Ryabukha shall become Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocesan Exarchate of Donetsk, a diocese with numerous occupied territories, which he cannot enter. Still, he is certain: "Where everything collapses and is bombed, we bring hope and the light of Christ."
Listening With Our Heart
Little John was watching the television and the sight of the African children being shown in utter poverty made him cry, and after sobbing in desperation he got up and pulled out a few slices of bread and went near the television and started pushing those slices in every small little hole on the back of the television. In his simplicity, he thought he was offering a little bread to those hungry children. The little boy expresses best what it means to listen with the heart.
The attentive gaze of a mother by the side of her child, and the slightest cry or movement of the child makes her respond immediately with a gentle touch or a caress, and this too is perhaps another example of what it means to listen with the heart. The mother feels what the child needs.
Listening with the heart is the experience of a noble, loving, compassionate person. Looking around, we see millions of people who suffer in silence every day. Everyone longs to be heard and listened to. But the raging fire and chaos, noise and humdrums have caused so much of deafness within, and we only listen to some sounds. We have lost the quality to empathize, to listen and to feel.
The call to listen with the ear of one’s heart, is the invitation of Pope Francis in light of the 56th World Communications Day, that is popularly celebrated on the Ascension Sunday every year. Are we really truly listening? Why do we struggle to listen? How can we listen with our heart? These can be some areas of introspection as we ponder on this theme of the World Communications Day – “Listening with the ear of the heart”.
America – Preventive system in harmony with global educational pact
(ANS) - On Nov. 10 and 11, about 1,500 educators from the American continent participated in the webinar organized by the Salesian School of America (ESA, in Spanish) with the collaboration of the Chilean provincial communication team. This formative moment took place in the 4 languages spoken on the continent - Spanish, Portuguese, English, French - and reflected on the charismatic legacy of the Preventive System in harmony with the Global Compact on Education advocated by Pope Francis.
United States – Int’l Day of People With Disabilities: Salesian Missions highlights social and educational programs that promote inclusion
(ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the globe in honoring International Day of People with Disabilities. Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations has outlined and reiterated its commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible, and sustainable societies and communities. In 1981, the U.N. proclaimed Dec. 3 as a recognized day for the celebration of the achievements of people living with disabilities across the world.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THE LITTLE CITY OF THE BEATITUDES
THE MESSAGE OF THE RECTOR MAJOR, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, SDB
Within the megapolis of Chennai (Madras), amid the enormous industrial complexes and magnificent temples and in the exciting atmosphere of city life, there lies a luminous sliver of truly Salesian goodness.