Italy – GC28: Work Tool presented

26 February 2020

(ANS - Turin) - "The fire and the canoe". With this beautiful image, Fr Andrea Bozzolo, SDB, professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Turin Section of the Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University, presented the Working Tool of the 28th General Chapter (GC28) to the capitulars gathered in the Teatro Grande of Valdocco.

The fire of the Spirit of God marks and illuminates the course that the Chapter canoe must follow. Embarked on it, the Salesians must stay the course together with the young people who row vigorously, all facing the same goal that is the objective of the Chapter, made up of three groups: the priority of the mission for young people, with all the challenges it implies, the profile of the Salesian, and the co-responsibility with the laity.

The starting point are the Provincial Chapters, the contributions received from the individual Salesians, and the reflections of the young people. The Precapitular Commission on the theme of the Chapter, made up of 13 Salesians from all regions of the world - including Fr Bozzolo himself - has transformed all of this into a text that challenges the Chapter members; now it's up to them to deal with it via the method of discernment, which is not a technique, but a spiritual-practical art, the wisdom or knowledge of those who know how to listen and how to speak frankly.

The Chapter - it has been remembered - is not a "parliament", but knowing how to recognize God in the voice of one's brothers.

Hence the successive stages that will lead to choices, through the triple sieve: recognize-interpret-choose.

Always in the light of the Word of God, of the indications of the Church, of the spiritual heritage of Don Bosco.

And it will be a new Pentecost. This is everyone's wish and will.

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