Italy – SF Spirituality Days 2022: “God anticipates our desire for Him”

14 January 2022

(ANS - Turin) - Going to the roots, in the physical and moral sense: this is the proposal that the participants of the Days of Spirituality of the Salesian Family in progress in Turin have gathered and experienced on the morning of Friday, January 14, with the pilgrimage to the area of Valdocco.

After the recitation of Lauds, three possible itineraries:

- the history of Don Bosco and of the Congregation as represented and witnessed in the Museum that just over a year ago opened to visitors a palpable vision of the origins of the oratory and its development throughout the world. One can almost touch the generosity of the Spiritual Sons of the saint, missionaries on Italian soil and soon in the rest of the world. All this happened thanks to a widespread sanctity, well highlighted by the reference to the eminent figures of the Salesian charism of yesterday and today of whom some relics are preserved;

- the step-by-step visit of the spaces that welcomed the seed of the great tree that is today the Salesian Family: those of play and recreation and those of study and vocational training; and the spaces dedicated to the simple and profound spirituality that, together with Mother Margaret, Don Bosco brought together, under a canopy or inside the temple: the first dedicated to St. Francis de Sales, almost a mystical favors of memories of the first steps, and the second monumental dedicated to She who inspired and accompanied every step;

- the rediscovery of the background of the experience under the Pinardi roof: the house that Giulia di Barolo built to welcome the most derelict women, where Don Bosco became aware of his vocation as father of the "least" and familiar with spiritual accompaniment. The blessed, with her husband Carlo Tancredi Falletti, saw the suffering in prisons and in the streets up close and was able to inspire the young priest, called as chaplain of her work, the spirit and techniques to face educational challenges.

The immersion to the roots was completed in the encounter with Saint Francis de Sales in the Eucharistic celebration dedicated to him. Fr Stefano Martoglio, Vicar of the Rector Major, emphasized in his homily the school of gentleness that emanates from getting to know the holy bishop and confiding in him.

The Gospel of the votive Mass (Mk 2:1-12) gives a way to explore the human soul and its search for God. “The real infirmity is sin,” Fr Martoglio emphasized, “and Jesus came to relieve us from it. For this reason, he turns to the paralytic, granting first of all reconciliation with God, then, to show the strength to overcome the evil that limits him, He tells him to get up, to take his bed, and to go towards a new life.”

What moved man to be brought into the presence of Jesus is the need for Salvation, for an encounter with a merciful Father. “How can we not go together with St. Francis de Sales to rediscover the desire for God that each person carries within himself?" he then urged. “With the Saint who inspired Don Bosco we will find that God is present in every moment of life, and that He alone sustains our humanity.”

It is God who puts us back on our feet, and this is more than an encouragement: it is a conviction that subverts the tranquility of the sages and wise men of all times, beyond the rigidities grafted by men into the precepts. Once again the invitation comes to the fore: "Do all through love, nothing through constraint."


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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