On Saturday, 5 July, a good number of Salesians from our Australia-Pacific Province assembled at Lysterfield to celebrate this year’s Province Day and to formally acknowledge the eleven Jubilarians, five of whom were present on the day, who were marking important Anniversaries in their Salesian and Priestly journeys during 2014.
On a splendid day on August 16, the hills which crown the Don Bosco Basilica seemed to hold in an especially keen way the people whose roots lie there: Don Bosco, in the first instance, but also Mother Mazzarello and, if we like, Pope Francis’ own family. This is why the message that Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, sent the Rector Major is particularly significant.
On a chilly Monday morning, 21 April 2014, we arrived into Rome’s Fiumicino Airport with no fanfare, expecting long queues and a bustling city. Unbeknown to us, it was also a public holiday. How momentous then to be present when Rome was in the midst of ‘papal fever’!
Colle Don BoscoAndre Malraux, French novelist, art theorist and Minister for Cultural Affairs, stated that “one day it will be realised that people are distinguishable from one another as much by the forms their memories take as by their characters.” The variety and richness of our memories play an important role in our sense of wellbeing.
Cheerfulness, Duties and Piety
“Don Bosco promoted his grand programme of holiness, “cheerfulness, duties and piety”, amongst the boys at the Oratory of St Francis de Sales. He provided them with a way of holiness that was easy, suited to their age and circumstances and led to a happy life.