Every Saint, Blessed, Venerable, Servant of God is the bearer of a wealth of aspects that must be considered and valued. It is a matter of contemplating a diamond with many faces, some more visible and attractive, others less immediate, but no less true and decisive. Knowing and making known these extraordinary figures of believers generates a progressive involvement in their journey, a passionate interest in their affairs, a joyous sharing of projects and hopes that animated their steps.
No doubt it will be of great interest for the Salesian Family, and especially for 15 Groups of the great family tree, to see some of their members involved in one of these processes. As Fr Rua wrote in a letter to the Salesian directors in February 1888, a few days after the burial of Don Bosco's body in Valsalice: "Be it our motto from now on: the sanctity of the children be proof of the sanctity of the father."
The Strenna of the Rector Major for this year is a strong invitation to know and appreciate this precious heritage and to stimulate renewed resolutions of holiness. The Rector Major wrote: "My dear brothers and sisters, I can safely say that the greatest need and the greatest urgency we have today in our Salesian world is not to do more things, to plan and redesign new realities, to start new presences... but to show what our lives communicate personally and collectively, our way of living the Gospel, which develops and extends over time, as a prolongation of the way of life of Jesus. Ultimately our sanctity is at stake!"
This subsidy can also be an instrument to grow in the knowledge, in prayer and in the imitation of these witnesses of the Gospel and of the Salesian charism in the world.