Sunday 5 July 2015

Passion and a new language

It is possible to work, and even work brilliantly, for the benefit of and with youth at risk. My question is: is it important to work with a certain clarity of identity, of the Salesian and religious identity? After all, our mission is not "working for youth" but "being signs and bearers of God's love". It is epiphany, revelation, of the Fatherhood of God, of the misericordia / mercy / compassion of God.

So the question for many of us Salesians, and for many of our provinces is: how clear is our identity, our salesian consecrated identity? How passionate are we as Salesian consecrated persons? How much does it matter for us? Or, better still, how passionate about Jesus are we? How clear?

We need to develop a new language to speak with our young people - or at least with large swathes of them, since there is now a growing group that would like to go back to the old language. That new language can be developed only out of a lived passion for the Lord. When the Lord becomes "knit" to our soul, like in the case of Jonathan and David, then the new language will arise... With some effort and some creativity, following the lead of people like Benedict XVI and Francis and Francesco Rossi de Gasperis. 

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