RMG – Seeds and sowers of hope: messages from Spirituality Days of Salesian Family

26 January 2021

(ANS - Rome) - The Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family, which closed just over a week ago, in this year marked by the pandemic saw the involvement of numerous people and groups spread all over the world as a sign of hope. Through the organization of coordination by regions, a vast network of communion and sharing of contents and intentions has been created which has seen numerous seeds of hope manifest themselves through concrete proposals.

The American continent has highlighted how hope comes from God, who pushes us to meet the poorest young people and their families. Personal and community prayer, a sign of the encounter with Christ, is a school of hope for the proclamation of the Kingdom, the denunciation of injustices and the promotion of human dignity.

From Spain and Equatorial Guinea it was highlighted how the world, and especially the young, needs the contribution of the Salesian charism. For this it is indispensable to discover and live the Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth as the light and source of all pastoral action, strengthening prayer, faith, trust in God.

The Salesian Family in the East Asia - Oceania Region, made up of 16 groups living in 23 countries, stressed the need to grow in unity, cultivating belonging and sharing in a common mission, above all lived as a ministry and relationship. For this it is necessary to keep the faith alive in everyday situations and circumstances, looking at young people not only as recipients of the mission of the Salesian Family, but as a source of inspiration.

From South Asia, communion among the members of the Salesian Family with a spirit of openness and forgiveness was reaffirmed as a priority; furthermore, it is urgent to transmit the experience of God to young people and to help them find comfort in faith in Jesus. To this end it is necessary to accompany young people and their families with schools of prayer, without neglecting to join hands to alleviate the suffering of poor young people, with special attention to migrants and work placement.

Poland confirms that it is important to have relationships with others: in the family, with neighbors, with friends, especially by accompanying young people, by listening to them. For this to happen, it is necessary to be open, authentic, witnesses of God's closeness.

From the continent of hope, Africa and Madagascar, comes the message to rediscover the presence of God in each one, learning to look at one's own fragility not as an obstacle, but as a willingness to welcome God in us and to welcome the other. For this, it is necessary not to close oneself up, but to bring one's own light and unite it with others: hope is not poetry, but action illuminated by faith, which leads to taking small daily steps, with a Christian heart with Salesian colors.

Finally, from Portugal, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Angola comes the invitation to "imitate Don Bosco and his great ability to enthuse his young people to live life as a celebration and 'faith as happiness', to be true witnesses of hope".


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