Is 'better' the enemy of 'good'?

Is 'better' the enemy of 'good'?

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:05

The world of education in particular is driven by unceasing urges to do better. Catholic teacher and Deacon, Mike Bennett, looks at the impact on all of us when we stop valuing what is 'good'. (Image adapted from a cartoon by Bellinon on Pixabay)

At the age of nineteen, I went to live for a short time in the village of Bartrès, near Lourdes. I had secured a gap year position working at Hosanna... Read More »

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We are healed by the wounds of Christ

We are healed by the wounds of Christ

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 12:52

A reflection on the Gospel for 5th Sunday of the year, Mark 1: 29-39, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image by Marcello Cerrato via Qumran2.net

Some years ago, the 'Sunday Times Magazine' ran a weekly feature called 'A Day in the Life of...' It featured a popular celebrity of time describing a typical day in their busy schedule. In many ways, this is what Mark is attempting to do in today's gospel reading.... Read More »

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Salesian Family across Europe joined GBR Cooperators online for Feast

Salesian Family across Europe joined GBR Cooperators online for Feast

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 09:45

Salesian Cooperator Sue McDonald tells us about their very successful online retreat day for the Feast of our founder, Don Bosco:

A huge 'thank you' to those of you who joined us last Saturday! Our Retreat for the Feast of Don Bosco, organised by the Salesian Cooperators, was a fitting celebration in this lockdown time.

We were joined by 65 people from across Europe and the UK, from locations including... Read More »

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Rector Major's message to young people on the Feast of Don Bosco

Rector Major's message to young people on the Feast of Don Bosco

Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 09:53

Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4)

My dear young people, joy is a central element in the life of a Christian.
My heartfelt greetings to each one of you, on the five continents: to you, young people of the "Salesian world" and to all the young people who will receive this message through you.

In article 17 of the Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco - with the heading "Optimism and joy" - we... Read More »

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Happy Don Bosco Day, from Salesian Schools!

Happy Don Bosco Day, from Salesian Schools!

Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 07:30

It's the feast of St John Bosco on 31 January, and as always, all the members of our Salesian Schools Network hold a Don Bosco Day celebration as close to the feast as possible. This year. that's today, and as things are just a little different in 2021, students and staff from the schools have gone on video from far and wide, to bring us all together in joy on this great day.

The video also includes... Read More »

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Come and See

Come and See

Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:11

In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike reflects on the gospel reading John 1:35-42.

My study at home has three icons on display.

First, The Trinity created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century.

Second, a painting of St John Bosco.

And finally, a painting of St Jean-Baptise de la Salle.

These sacred images ground me in the reality that the divine flow of the Trinity is the constant... Read More »

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Jesus the teacher and the feast of Don Bosco

Jesus the teacher and the feast of Don Bosco

Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:37

The 4th Sunday of the Year is also the feast of our founder, St John Bosco. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB brings out the parallels between Jesus the teacher in the Gospel of the day, and Don Bosco's approach to teaching the young. Image: Jesus the Teacher by Br Micky McGrath OSFS

In our Gospel today, we celebrate Jesus the teacher and, on this last day of January, we celebrate the gift to the Church of... Read More »

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Salesian School Chertsey explores the spirit of our schools

Salesian School Chertsey explores the spirit of our schools

Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:25

Salesian School Chertsey has been preparing for the Feast of Don Bosco this year with a series of short videos exploring the Salesian qualities of Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour. The word 'ruah' is Hebrew for 'spirit' and was understood as the 'breath of God': it spells out the values that form the spirit of our Salesian schools, and demonstrate God's presence within them.

The videos were... Read More »

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A new saint for the North West?

A new saint for the North West?

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:14

The Vatican recently announced that the Venerable Elizabeth Prout has been officially declared a 'woman of heroic virtue', as her cause towards official sanctity makes progress. She born in Shrewsbury in 1820, making her a contemporary of Don Bosco; like our Salesian saint, she had a profound and deep passion to ensure that poor children received a solid education. In reading her biography 'A job in... Read More »

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:18

A reflection for Holocaust Memorial Day, and an invitation to join the UK ceremony, which is being live streamed at 7pm on the evening of Wednesday 27 January by the Holocaust Memorial Trust in the UK. The link for this is at the end of the article. The theme for HMD 2021 is 'Be the light in the darkness'. Photo: Tina Witherspoon on Unsplash.

On 27 January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day, and... Read More »

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