Saturday 16 January 2016

Giornate di Spiritualità Salesiana 2016

The "Giornate di Spiritualità Salesiana" (Salesian Spirituality Week, sort of) these days at the Pisana. Yesterday, wonderful interventions by Sr Maria Ko, FMA and Fr Bruno Ferrero, SDB, editor of the Bolletino Salesiano. There is some argument between the historians of Don Bosco and the narrators like Bruno, but I recall the words of Egidio Viganò: the Don Bosco of reality is greater than the Don Bosco of history - which I take to mean, not that history is not important, but that it is one among many modes of expression. For the Giornate, what Bruno did was not only good but outstanding: an outstanding feat of communication, which brought Don Bosco alive. (He was presenting Don Bosco with the categories of "Life Coaching" which, I am told, is all the rage in the US.)
Three others presented three figures of Salesian sanctity: Alberto Marvelli (Elisabetta Casadei), Giuseppe Quadrio (Ludovica Maria Zanet), and Mamma Margaret (Pier Luigi Cameroni). Alberto Marvelli - extraordinary young man who seems to have died at the age of 28 - with a marvellously full life. He was "Assessore" in charge of reconstruction of his destroyed in the war city of Rimini when he died. All at the age of 28. He had given up a lucractive job at Fiat in order to get back to the youth of his Oratory, and he gave up his membership in Catholic Action in order to join the newly formed Democrazia Cristiana - a young man who understood that politics could be a vocation, a "high form of pastoral charity."

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