Italy - Seminar on Salesian Holiness: a powerful experience in the Holy Spirit

16 April 2018

(ANS - Rome) – Saturday 14 April, the closing day of the seminar on the promotion of the causes of beatification and canonization, was marked by the presence of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime who, just back from the Middle East, presided at the Eucharist and offered a rereading of the Strenna in light of the testimony of the saints or candidates to holiness of the Salesian Family.

Fr Á.F. Artime underlined how the journey of holiness and the testimonies of holiness in the Salesian Family are, above all, a gift of the Holy Spirit to be welcomed with a spirit of service and gratitude. It was not enough to carry out services or do things, but one needed to bring Jesus and bring to Jesus, joyfully announcing the Gospel: "I would like to see the testimony of our saints, blessed and all members of the Salesian Family on their path to sanctity recognized as companions in the ways and in the life of the Spirit. The testimony of life, their vocational experiences and often their writings are traces or paths of life from which to learn to put all our lives under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to be sensitive to listening to its inspirations and motions."

At the end there was an intense moment of sharing in which several participants expressed their gratitude for the lived experience, felt as a great gift to be shared and to have bear fruit in increasingly shared paths. "I felt (I was) inside a real family ... We lived a wonderful thing"; "This Seminary encourages us to cherish this work of the Spirit with all our confreres in formation, encourage them towards holiness, look at all these people as God's gift to the Church, the Congregation, the young"; "It was a beautiful experience of permanent formation!"; "An experience of great spirituality and interiority".

"Certainly," highlights Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General of the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, "through high-quality relationships, moments of sharing and working in groups, the objective to present the contents and the processes that help in the assessment and accompaniment of alleged miracles was reached; but above all this meeting was a further confirmation that the promotion and care of the causes of beatification and canonization of our Family activate the dynamics of grace that arouse evangelical joy and a sense of charismatic belonging, renewing intentions and commitments of fidelity to the call received and generating apostolic and vocational fecundity."

The photos of the seminar are available on Flickr, while all the materials and reports available can be found in the appropriate section on the website: 


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