Wednesday 25 May 2016

Homily, Dominic Savio

Mission
Don Bosco is clear about his mission: it is DMACT. He wants to lead his boys to sanctity. He is only 42 years old when Dominic Savio dies. Quite remarkable.
What does this say about his own spiritual life? As a rule he does not speak about it, but it is mirrored in the Lives that he wrote.
What is Don Bosco saying to us?
GC26 and GC27 were all about our identity, returning to Don Bosco, radical living of the gospel.
Buccellato has said that the congregation will not be the one founded by Don Bosco if we do not restore spiritual retreats to the aims.
The biographies of young salesians who died during Don Bosco's lifetime are surprising in their descriptions of them at prayer.

Consciousness of an educator
Don Bosco's writings reveal the educator
He has in mind not just this one boy, Dominic, but all the others
the Life multiplies his efforts
with his boys
but also with his Salesians.

Ongoing formation
the fact that Don Bosco wrote, reveals also his ability and habit of ATTENDING to his experience, REFLECTING, DISCERNING in the Spirit.
this is the core attitude of ongoing formation. see C 96, 119, which speak of "hacer experiencia," "fare esperienza" - which in English we could translate as appropriating one's experience, in contrast to merely doing things or living through them with minimal attention. The basic capacity of ongoing formation is the ability to learn from experience, to discern there, in our concrete lives and our ministry, the action of the Spirit.

(Provincial House, Buenos Aires, 06.05.2016)

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