Rector Major

2015.07.08 21:56

RM - Dear confreres 3

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Quartely video messages of the Rector major - CARI CONFRATELLI (3) - June 2015

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My Dear Confreres,

I greet you on a special day.  Today is 24 May. I am in Don Bosco's rooms,


The whole environment speaks to me and to all of us  about Don Bosco and about Mary Help of Christians,

It speaks to us of the great gift of this charism that the Lord has given us in Don Bosco;

and it is also a very special day since it is the Feast of Pentecost.


I address you, as I have done on other occasions, with great emotion,

It is my desire to reach each of my brother Salesians in the world,

and by extension, all our brothers and sisters of the Salesian Family.

This is an opportunity to communicate and to share, so that we may really feel that we are united.


I must tell you that the last month and a half was a time of special intensity,

because of the journeys of animation that I made to several Provinces.


I recently visited Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador; and after four days in Rome,

I have had an opportunity to make a long trip to Asia and some parts of Oceania,

Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji ... We were also in New Zealand, Samoa, Australia ...

... I am telling you this only to point out something very special:

This special element is the fraternity that I have found in all the places I was able to visit over the past year and more.

It is a beautiful reality of communion that we have in our congregation:


…. richness, diversity, variety ... but a sense of community that makes it really special.



A fraternity that, I must say, extends to our entire Salesian Family.

Whenever I was in the presence of our sisters, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians,

who are in almost as many places as we are, there was a fraternity and closeness that was really touching;

so also with many other groups of our Salesian Family,

and in some provinces we met 12, 13, 14 groups.

For all this I really thank God.


In some areas of the Congregation what we might call the academic year is coming to an end;

It is definitely a time when people are exhausted, from many activities and a lot of work,

but it is also a very exciting time, because we can continue to say:

the Lord continues to do wonderful things for young people ... sometimes through our humble mediation.



And finally, just as something I would like you to take to heart,

I would like to share with you this thought:

My dear confreres, I am convinced,

and my meeting with all of you throughout the world and what I have come to know of our communities tells me,

that neither a good organization nor good management of our works,

nor even having everything planned is the guarantee of good pastoral work.

As without doubt you know, as well as I do or better than I do, the key is in what we are and how we live.


I make an appeal to you from here, on this special day,

that each of us, in the presence of Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians, in fidelity to the Lord,

may continue to say a Yes that does not come from management or even from an act of generosity;


but from  a Passion for our Vocation that allows us to transmit,

I would say through all the pores of our skin, what we are;

and that it will be seen that what we do, and often do well,

is being done for something, and especially for Someone.


I promise you my prayer to Mary Help of Christians and through the intercession of Don Bosco,

that he may  present everything to the Lord and that it may be a blessing for our Congregation and our Salesian Family.

A warm embrace with much love to all!


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35 Dream about Missionary Salesian Family - RM November 2016 vaclav 2016.11.15 146
34 RM: Dear Confreres - 2019 September message (video text) file vaclav 2019.09.08 148
33 RMG - Meeting with the Provincials halfway through their term of office: the Rector Major’s reaction ceteratolle 2016.10.06 150
32 RM - Missionary Appeal 2017 December file vaclav 2017.12.13 157
31 Rector Major - April 2018 Salesian Bulletin message file vaclav 2018.04.13 178
30 Francis to the Salesian Family DB200 file vaclav 2015.07.17 186
29 Rector Major - GLOBAL NOVENA TO MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS file vaclav 2018.05.11 186
28 Rector Major - Whisper God through our Life file vaclav 2018.12.26 204
27 Salesian Bulletin 2019 January - Face of God file vaclav 2019.01.04 212
» RM - Dear confreres 3 file vaclav 2015.07.08 216
25 RM - Missionary Appeal 2016 December file vaclav 2016.12.25 229
24 Message to the Young - 2017 Don Bosco's Feastday 2 file vaclav 2017.01.30 238
23 RM-Strenna 2021: Presentation and Poster file vaclav 2020.08.05 244
22 Mary Help of Christians 150: Entrust, Have Trust and Smile! (RM letter 430) 1 file vaclav 2019.07.11 291
21 RM - Dear confreres 5 Don Bosco is Alive (DB200) file vaclav 2015.11.26 292
20 RM - Dear confreres 4 file vaclav 2015.09.05 324
19 RM Message 2018 May - Mary who has done everything! file vaclav 2018.05.16 345
18 Salesian Saints - Living the Communion (RM Letter ACG 428) file vaclav 2018.06.09 395
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