Words of JPII

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“Salesians of the third millennium! Be passionate teachers and guides, saints and formers of saints, just as Saint John Bosco was […]. Attentive educators and competent spiritual companions, you will know how to go forth seeking young people who desire to see Jesus. You will know how to direct them with gentle firmness towards the demanding goals of Christian fidelity”. (Pope John Paul II to the SDB GC25)

“Your coming here to the sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians, in memory of Don Bosco, is an invitation to reflect profoundly on your reality in order courageously to draw from it effective results.

basstfrancisassisi.jpgIn the letter addressed to the Rector Major of the Salesian Society I treated some of these results which are an appeal especially to you, called to fulfill many apostolic works: the Church “in this period so close to the year 2000, … feels invited by her Lord to look upon (youth) with a special love and hope, and to consider their education as one of her primary pastoral responsibilities” (Iuvenum Patris,1).

I would therefore like to call your attention to your responsibility particularly for the young generations, according to your particular charism, in the educational task.

Your prophecy, your evangelical life, the expression of the new bond of relationship, is most of all an announcement for them who are the future of society and of the Church.

Today still, or rather more than yesterday, you can and should let the beauty of a life spent entirely for the Lord in service of one’s brothers and sisters shine before youth.”

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