I personally prefer however to say with the Rector Major: "What is important is to be holy, not to be declared as such." It is a journey here, and always on fresh ground.
Salesian Youth Ministry Animator
Sue is pictured above (front row right) Sue with members of Salesian Youth Ministry and the Rector Major
Fr Ángel on the Strenna
THE HOLINESS THAT DON BOSCO PROPOSES
The call to holiness is a familiar part of our Salesian tradition (St Francis de Sales). The appeal of Pope Francis attracts attention above all on account of the force and determination with which he maintains that holiness is a call addressed to everyone, not just to the few, insofar as it corresponds to God’s fundamental plan for us. It is aimed, therefore, at ordinary people, at those people whom we accompany in their ordinary daily lives, consisting in the simple things typical of ordinary people.
The goal of holiness and the invitation, almost tender, to achieve it is also the great message of Don Bosco, the pivot on which hinges his whole spiritual proposal and his life witness.
The holiness that Don Bosco proposes is easy and pleasant, but also strong, as he suggests. In Dominic Savio’s declaration: “I want to become a saint, I must become a saint. I can have no peace until I become a saint,” one can hear much – if not everything – of what Don Bosco knew how to convey to him, following the sermon in which Dominic had heard these encouraging words: “It is God’s will that each one should become a saint; it is easy to become a saint; there is a great reward waiting in heaven for those who try to become saint [sic].” Don Bosco himself continued writing that this talk was like a spark that set into a consuming blaze the love of God in Dominic Savio’s heart.
In the wisdom of Don Bosco, who curbed Dominic’s desire for penance and recommended to him instead fidelity in his life of prayer, in his studies, and in duties done well, and diligence in recreation (and we can also say in the whole area of relationships in life), there emerges the awareness, typically Salesian, of the universal call to holiness.
2 Timothy 1: 7-10
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self-control.
So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but share in my hardships for the sake of the gospel, relying on the power of God
who has saved us and called us to be holy - not because of anything we ourselves had done but for his own purpose and by his own grace. This grace had already been granted to us, in Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time, but it has been revealed only by the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus. He has abolished death, and he has brought to light immortality and life through the gospel.
You loved me before I was born, and you called me to be holy.
Give me the vision to find ways to share your love.
Help me to be a mouthpiece for your Word in what I do and in what I say,
And when it's hard to do the right thing,
Strengthen the Spirit of love in me.