The event began with the FMA welcoming the Rector Major who then spoke as the Successor of Don Bosco. Fr Á.F. Artime thanked Mother Yvonne Reungoat, the FMA Mother General, and the many representatives of the Salesian Family for their presence. The event was also attended by Fr Filiberto González, Salesian General Councilor for Social Communication, with the team of his Dicastery.
"For us Salesians it is an urgent task, necessary and essential to work by listening and accompanying our boys and girls," began the Rector Major, who then asked: "What are we waiting for? Why do not we decide to make ourselves available to accompanying our young people? Why do not we work on what is important in the lives of young people? What is stopping this task that is fundamental for us educators? Why busy ourselves or spend time on other things when this is the real educational and evangelizing priority for us?"
After the presentation, Mother Reungoat thanked the Rector Major for the gift of the Strenna, inviting the FMA to live and fulfill this fundamental project of the charism of Don Bosco and Maria Mazzarello.
At the presentation of the Strenna, which will lead the process of education and evangelization for all of 2018, other members of the Salesian Family were also present: Salesians of Don Bosco, Salesian Cooperators, members of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Past Pupils of Don Bosco, Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Don Bosco Volunteers, and a large and very active presence of the FMA, which filled the Sala Magna of the General House.
Accompaniment, the Rector Major insisted, is a fundamental occupation that has “dialogue” as its task; its objective, "to foster the relationship between the person and the Lord. If our accompaniment does not lead to Jesus Christ, we are not accompanying our children."
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