Saturday 24 May 2014

The periphery is in our Salesian DNA

Don Angel, our Rector Major, has been interacting with different groups in the last few days: sdb novices at Pinerolo, sdb and fma novices together yesterday here in Valdocco, and the Quito group this morning. One of the points that he makes very forcefully is about the Salesian option for the periphery. This is something that Pope Francis has been saying, pushing the church towards the poor. Don Angel said yesterday: I would like to see, in 6 years, the salesian congregation with a clearer option for the poor. "The periphery is in our Salesian DNA. Don Bosco began here, in Valdocco, and Valdocco in those years was the periphery." We are not here to preserve walls. Even if Valdocco does not meet the Salesian criteria in these years, we must have the courage to close it, he said, or at least that is what it sounded to me - he was speaking in Spanish. A very strong and clear message. 

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