The Salesian Educational Approach as a personal spirituality
Posted: Wed, 27 May 2020 11:49
A new presentation by Fr David O'Malley SDB, sets out the concept of an inner Salesian spirituality, and is addressed especially to those who do not have a strong faith background:
The Salesians have always said that they have an educational philosophy that spells out how and why we work together in the task of education. What is less appreciated is that there is also an underlying personal spirituality embedded within that philosophy. In Salesian education we are drawn into a relational pattern of working with colleagues and students which is part of good practice and governed by professional boundaries. But there is another relationship that is intimately involved which has no boundaries except mystery. That is our relationship with ourselves.
Working with young people challenges our self-image, exposes our weaknesses, and draws out our gifts. It pulls us into a life-long journey of personal growth and self-understanding. On that journey the well-known aspects of Salesian education, Home, School, Playground and Church become a mirror for the educator's soul. Each of these focal points sharpens the inner experience of the educator and connects them with the spiritual energy and meaning unfolding in their lives. It opens up a Salesian pathway of what the church calls discernment.
You can read more and view the video presentation at the Salesian Schools UK website (link below).