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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

Today, James, the father of a little daughter, shares with us his reflections on the art of listening.

 

I think it’s fair to say that since our daughter Grace was born 15 months ago she has become my main topic of conversation. And since I’ve driven everybody around me mad, I can’t help but see writing a reflection for the Salesian family on the theme of “listening and of accompaniment” as an excuse to say more about her…

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

 

Annabel, from Battersea, shares her reflections on how she saw the vocation to listen and accompany lived out in the lives of two recently departed Salesian Cooperators.

 

Rosario Maiorano and Matt Murphy died in the same week at the turn of the year. Both of them were Coordinators in the Association of Salesian Cooperators, Rosario at World level and Matt at Provincial level here in Britain. They would both have welcomed this year’s Strenna for the Salesian Family because, with their great love of Don Bosco, they both brought the gift of listening and accompaniment to their leadership of the Cooperators. Their conversations, their decision-making and the choice of their own words were guided by a prayerful listening.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation. On our sixth day, Sue, from Macclesfield, looks back at her personal mission and in the light of the Strenna, reaches forward. She highlights for us a few key messages from the Rector Major too.

 

Accompaniment – ‘the art of’ … I have never felt comfortable with a brush or clay in my hand; I am assured from within that they will not produce anything. Here and now though, as a Salesian and as a member of the Church, with young people in my hand, I am not so afraid of ‘the art of’ accompaniment.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

On Day 5 of our preparation for Don Bosco's feast, Bob, from Cornwall, reflects on his vocation as a Salesian Cooperator, in 3 different ways.


Livin’ It - How one can be living the life of a Salesian. Being part of the Salesian family gives you strength to carry on their work. Helping the young and their families is what we have as a gift from God. Letting them know if they need help we are there to be called upon.

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The post below was written by Fr Kieran Anderson SDB for the Catholic Truth Society's Catholic Compass blog, in celebration of the feast of St Francis de Sales, patron of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

 

‘Let us be what we are and be that well’– Salesian spirituality for the drama of daily life

 

The plays of Shakespeare deal in dramatic form with the questions that underlie what it means to be human. Yet, the language he uses is often complex, difficult and demanding. St Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622), an exact contemporary of Shakespeare, was also a writer – not of plays, but of books and letters that offered words of guidance, encouragement and wisdom in a simple, accessible and lively style on how best to live life well. In the drama of daily life, we are called by God to holiness.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

Welcome to the fourth day of our novena of reflections from Salesian Cooperators, who share their personal thoughts on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation. Below, Kate reflects on how, as a Salesian Co-operator, listening to young people in order to accompany them effectively is part of her vocation.

 

Through reading and reflecting on many of Jesus’ encounters with others, his starting point is always friendship. He told His disciples He wanted them to be His friends. He talked with them, listened to them, invited them, show them love, helped them.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

 

Today, Christine and Diane from Huyton, near Liverpool, reflect on what it means to them to be Salesian Cooperators.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

DAY 2

 

Continuing our preparation for the feast of St John Bosco, in which nine Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflection on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation, this reflection from a Chertsey Cooperator focuses on the importance of listening.

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As we approach the feast of St John Bosco, we will hear from a number of Salesian Cooperators from across the Province who will share a personal reflection on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

Salesian Cooperators were set up by Don Bosco himself; they are part of the worldwide Salesian family. Serving God in the young and the poor. They are lay people living their vocation according to their own circumstances in life.

 

DAY 1

 

Sue Cooper, a Cooperator living in Wokingham, Berkshire, reflects on how she is challenged and inspired by the Rector Major’s Strenna.

Friday, 19 January 2018 19:10

Our Liberian Missionaries "wee get-together"

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Fr Joe, Fr Brian, Fr Harry and Br Donald

By Br Donald MacDonald SDB 

 

Our four Liberian missionaries had a “wee get together” recently in St Joseph’s Bolton, January 2018.

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