This item below was written by Sue McDonald of Salesian Youth Ministry as a guest post on the Catholic Truth Society’s Catholic Compass blog, to mark the 32nd World Youth Day on 9th April 2017. Sue is pictured above at Flame 2017 with Chris (left) and Br Janusz (right) from the Savio House Team, wearing their Don Bosco scarves and hi-vis Stewarding gear for the event.
Many groups adopt some sort of outward sign of membership: it could be a school badge, a football scarf, a wrist band. Salesian Youth Ministry has its Don Bosco scarves, worn as a symbol of family.
Everyone searches to belong in some way, to be at home with others. When we find someone or something we can identify with it becomes part of who we are. When we believe that we belong and are valued, we will proclaim it with joy and conviction alone and as one. This is the Salesian call – family.
Our charism is one of togetherness: a four-pronged spirituality balancing belonging, learning, celebration and faith with, and for, the young. Don Bosco, our founder, began this mission meeting the young on their turf, in the streets, pubs, workplaces and homes. He walked alongside them offering them a spirituality in which they were assured of being loved. I think this is why we have such a strong network of volunteers – they have all known love, the love of Christ, through the Salesians of Don Bosco.