Italy - Rector Major presents Strenna 2021 to FMA

28 December 2020

(ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, presented the Strenna 2021 on December 26 "Hope moves us: Behold, I am making all things new (Rev 21,5)", to a group of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the FMA Generalate in Rome. Reflection on Hope was introduced with a video presentation of the Strenna 2021, produced by the Department of Social Communication.

The video is set in the city of Naples (Italy) in an intertwining of images and testimonies of young people and educators; the problems and hardships of today's society are presented: dignity, integration, loneliness, injustice, poverty and several places and experiences to learn and exercise hope today.
The Rector Major, allowing time to be asked a few questions, spoke on the main themes of the Strenna 2021.

Questioned on current affairs

We cannot ignore current affairs and, therefore, as the Salesian Family and as Christians, what responses to give to continue to express the certainty of being "moved by hope"? It is God in His Spirit who makes "all things new". As a Salesian Family we need to reflect the love of God, that light that makes all things new, be a ray of hope, the hand that helps change values and visions.

Transforming difficulties into opportunities to seek authenticity and true and transforming encounter.

How can we foster communion, unite our efforts for a more just and better society? Don Bosco lived his whole life moved by hope, facing many painful situations. He taught that the journey of faith and hope give the strength and courage to act and bring about changes.

Don Bosco looked beyond problems, and his strength was faith and hope. The Salesian answer to the present moment is to propose a journey of authentic faith and to form oneself for hope in the certainty that God is near, supports and accompanies.

Witness hope

In inspiring and encouraging young people to live life as a celebration and faith as happiness In prayer, as a school of hope, where the encounter with God, the Love that saves, is renewed. Prayer that is listening and encounter, transforms and opens mind and heart to service, solidarity and peace.

In action, in living the sense of fatigue of daily life, committing oneself to transform situations of precariousness, hunger, poverty into full life for others and for young people.

In suffering, allowing oneself to be educated by God, to overcome the most difficult moments by taking a "step forward".

Recognizing oneself in the pain of the other, opening oneself to solidarity, to human brotherhood as it was for Mother Maddalena Morano FMA, who spent her entire life for the poorest, the most needy and marginalized, always with a gaze of hope.

With Mary, Star of Hope

Look to Mary, who in her Yes to God has awakened all hope for humanity. She experienced loneliness in the announcement of the Angel, the suffering in seeing her son misunderstood, rejected, she experienced pain under the Cross, but she remained with the disciples "Mother of Hope".

The Mother General of the FMA Institute, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat concludes: "Hope is a gift from God and a commitment to translate it concretely as the Salesian Family, uniting the many lights of hope present in the hearts of the poorest throughout the world."

Sr Gabriella Imperatore, FMA


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