Italy - Acceptance, self-giving, ability to dream: Rector Major indicates route to young people and Salesian Family

22 May 2018
Torino - Borgo San Paolo Foto: La Voce e il Tempo

(ANS - Turin) - As the wait for the feast of Mary Help of Christians comes alive, even more solemn this year for the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica dedicated to Her in Turin-Valdocco, ending Monday, May 21st, was the Animation Visit of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, to the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta.

Saturday 19, in the afternoon, at Valdocco, Fr Á. F. Artime met about 500 youngsters of the Salesian Youth Movement. He answered their questions, offered several points to ponder: "Diversity is a gift and acceptance is a Christian word. Having the sensitivity to understand this is already having the predisposition for an outgoing Church ... In animation, the important message is that my life is more beautiful if I take the opportunity to share, to give my time and my person ... No one will give you the place of happiness, it is a conquest and a personal journey. Do not live without a project of life, a dream to make come true, an ideal: when the dream of God comes to dwell in mine, then my life will be full. I do not say it is easy, but I tell you that you shall be happy."

On the Sunday of Pentecost, he visited the Salesian community in the Borgo San Paolo district, in Turin, on the occasion of the 100 years of Salesian presence. He presided over the Mass in the "Gesù Adolescente" parish and met the young of the oratory. "It is not possible to call ourselves Christians and at the same time close doors," he said. "Being a Christian and Salesian community means, first of all, living with doors, minds and hearts open to the acceptance of diversity."

On Sunday afternoon, the Rector Major met more than 400 members of various groups of the Salesian Family in Valdocco and invited them to "live in the Church the beauty of their vocation, with the charism of each group of the Salesian Family." Then, he reminded them how important it is to offer the testimony of communion today.

Lastly, on Monday 21st, he visited the Salesian Vocational Training Center (CFP) in Fossano, where he blessed the new thermo-hydraulic and energy workshops. "Today Don Bosco would have your hairstyle. He too would have a mobile phone and an account on a social network. In his time the most advanced means of communication was typography, why he wanted to have the most avant-garde typography for those times," he said among the enthusiastic young people, before concluding. "Never give up your dreams, because the day you stop dreaming will mean you are getting old."


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