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Rector Major - Dear Confreres (after General Chapter 28)


Guidelines n.2 : Da mihi animas, cetera tolle!


For download: RM-GC28 Follow Up-Dear Confreres-2.docx 

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The Rector Major's Second Action Guideline for the Congregation
Fr Ángel Fernández Artime

Rome, 12 March 2021: The following is the newly translated text of the video just produced (initially in Italian with subtitles, but hopefully soon to be as a dubbed version using the following text):

My dear confreres, Salesians of Don Bosco,

I am addressing you today, telling you what I said during the General Chapter: “now is the hour for the 28th General Chapter”

The second action guideline for the entire Congregation says as follows: “it is urgent that we really put the DA MIHI ANIMAS CETERA TOLLE into practice.”

It is in this very place that Don Bosco took the young Dominic Savio in. Our father was a young, 34-year-old priest, speaking with Dominic Savio, and at the end Dominic said:
“Ah Don Bosco, I understand; here you do business not with money but with souls.”

This is the point, my dear confreres.

For us, really at all times but especially today given the situation of our world, what is urgent for our Congregation is great clarity and energy in the evangelisation of the boys and girls of our Salesian Family. And for this we need all our creativity, our considerable understanding of cultural and religious situations, ever ready to present Jesus, in all freedom, and propose to young people that they can truly and strongly cling to him, and also see us as witnesses who speak with the life of this great treasure we bear, which is God and our faith in God.

It is more urgent than ever today that we have the ability to accompany the growth processes of our youngsters. We are well aware that Don Bosco was a great teacher of accompaniment  – simply and profoundly and in his own way – of the human and spiritual growth of all his youngsters.

Therefore, I say to myself, when at times we talk about difficulties, vocational proposals, our response in certain parts of the world, I tell myself clearly: This is the road to follow! We know this!
Don Bosco was the first to show us, as he did with Dominic Savio and all the boys in the Oratory, that this was the way: living with human growth, but always with a courageous proposal of faith for his boys, along with prayer and the sacraments.

So, my dear confreres, once again I invite you come to a deeper understanding of this everywhere in the world. At this hour of our 28th General Chapter, it is urgent, throughout the Congregation, that we vigorously put the  “DA MIHI ANIMAS CETERA TOLLE” into practice.




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35 RM-Strenna 2021: Presentation-Poster-Video file vaclav 2020.08.05 1045
34 RM - We Are Family - Strenna 2017 file vaclav 2017.01.08 995
33 STRENNA 2016 file ceteratolle 2015.12.31 969
32 Rector Major - "What kind of Salesians for the Young People of today?' file vaclav 2018.05.22 859
31 "My dear young people, ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BE CAPTIVATED BY JESUS!" Message of the Rector Major to young people file ceteratolle 2016.01.31 750
30 RM - Strenna 2020: Commentary - VIdeo - Poster file vaclav 2019.11.19 706
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28 Rector Major - Following a path of fidelity (ACG 428 Letter) file vaclav 2018.09.07 591
27 Salesian Saints - Living the Communion (RM Letter ACG 428) file vaclav 2018.06.09 563
26 RM - Timor Leste & Indonesia visit talks 2004-2018 file vaclav 2018.02.15 556
25 RM - Strenna 2016 WITH JESUS.... file vaclav 2015.07.09 555
24 God is born in Siberia, Mongolia and Myanmar, too.... (RM-December 2016) file vaclav 2016.12.07 538
23 RM - SYM Message 2018 file vaclav 2018.01.30 517
22 Acts of the General Council: AGC 434: 6 years plan (2020-2026) file vaclav 2020.12.13 509
21 RM - Five dreams (Fruits of the DB200) ACG 421 letter file vaclav 2015.08.08 464
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