The Rector Major’s Strenna (message to the Salesian Family) for 2018 is:
‘Sir, give me this water’
with the exhortation
‘Let us cultivate the art of listening and of accompaniment.’
In meeting the Samaritan woman at the well Jesus says:
‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.. the water I give them will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life’. The Samaritan woman replies ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty..’ (John 4: 15 NIV)
To be able to nourish and accompany others, we must first nourish ourselves. Let us ensure, at the start of this New Year, that we do all we can to replenish our inner wells through prayer and recollection, so that we are open to providing the living water of accompaniment to those in need, especially to the young and the vulnerable.
‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; And you who have no money, come, buy, and eat!’ (Isaiah 55: 1-2 NIV)
May Mary Help of Christians and Saint John Bosco guide us.
I wish you and your families a peaceful and a happy New Year.
With every New Year starts a New Beginning! It is the time of year we all make New Year’s resolutions. We start off very enthusiastic, committed and very determined that we are going to ‘do it’ this year! We all like to have a fresh start and a new focus! It’s the same in our Salesian life too, not only in our personal lives.
Every year we have the message of the Rector Major’s Strenna, to give us a new focus and this year is no different. The theme of the Strenna is, ‘Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment.’
As we step into 2018, I pray that our personal ‘resolutions’ will become a reality and that our Salesian ‘resolution’ will also become a reality and that it will transform not only the lives of our young people but will transform our own lives in some small way.
I wish you and all our Salesian Family and friends the blessings of hope, peace, joy and love that the Baby Jesus brings.
With my very special love and prayer for 2018,