In the homily, Fr Bauer reviewed the genesis of this association, born of an uneasiness of Carmen Topolansky, mother of Fr Martín Lasarte, SDB, the latter for years a missionary in Angola and today active in the Sector for Missions in Rome. The woman proposed to the then Provincial, Victor Reyes, to form this organization and to convene a first meeting.
"When she made that proposal it was November 25th - and she didn't know that that was the day of the death of Mother Margherita - and she proposed to have the meeting on December 8th, the day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary - and she didn't even know that this was the day when Don Bosco began the Salesian work in his first meeting with Bartolomeo Garelli," said Fr Bauer.
For his part, the then Rector Major, Fr Egidio Viganó, immediately blessed the initiative, stating: "If my mother were alive, she would be the first to enroll." The fundamental objective of the association lies in "gathering, accompanying, forming and helping the parents of those who are called to consecrated life, so that they know how to accompany their children and pray for vocations, fidelity and perseverance."
"Sometimes," continued Fr Bauer, "the misunderstanding, confusion and negativity in which some parents may find themselves are shared with others who lived those same experiences 'yesterday' and who 'today', instead, live the vocation of their children as the greatest gift of God to the family." And he also reported that when Lasarte's mother conceived this idea, she had said: "If we mothers could get to know each other, we would not feel alone, helpless, with so many needs, we would have another vision of our children's vocation ...".
"Being a father and mother is a vocation and every vocation is a call from God to fulfill a mission," he added, specifying that the mission of these fathers and mothers is "at the service of the full life of their children, to allow them to reach their fulfillment in all the orders of life, such as the choice of state, employment, studies ... ".
Today, the Association is also present in other parts of the world such as Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, Chile, Italy and South Korea.
"Mamma Margarita is the foundation, the heart of the association; she was the mother of the first Salesian, Don Bosco. Imitate her, so that all our daily work becomes prayer and we live the mission of accompanying our children," urged the Superior of the Salesians in Uruguay.