Saturday 27 December 2014

Also Italian...

To Salesians, on learning languages: "We have to prepare the new generations to learn languages, and among these the Italian language, so that with the passing of time access to the sources and to the original writings of our Founder and of the Congregation does not become something almost impossible through ignorance of the language." (Angel Fernandez, AGC 419:25)
In this context, the often heard cry about the UPS, that it should offer English language options, might have to be thought out and thought through. Certainly one of the more important reasons why a salesian might need to come and study in Italy is that at least a certain number of salesians in each part of the world might know Italian and know it well. Without a first-hand access to the sources, we are condemned to keep repeating "reason, religion, loving kindness," and often without knowing what to really make of it beyond the usual and often trite observations.

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