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Learning from pain

Learning from pain

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:15

As we approach the month of remembrance, in a time when we are all experiencing pain to a greater or lesser degree, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB shows us a way of making sense of our pain, learning from it, and looking on it as a way of honouring our loss. (Photo by Çağlar Oskay on Unsplash)

I had an amazing conversation with a friend this week on the topic of grief. As we move towards the month... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Reflection, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

No easy walk to freedom

No easy walk to freedom

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:58

As we reach the mid-point of an extremely challenging term, Mike Bennett looks at the ethos and faith that gets a Catholic teacher through, in a career that's never easy at the best of times.

I looked at myself this morning on the screen of yet another Zoom meeting; it was not pretty! The bags under my eyes, for one, let me know that I had not slept well. And I as looked at colleagues, each face seemed... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:26

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for 30th Sunday of the year looks at the commandment Jesus told us was the most important, and how we need to live by it today. Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40.

"All you need is love", so the Beatles told us 1960s, while in the fourth century, St Augustine was able to preach with confidence "love and do what you will!" The Gospel message of love lies at the heart... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Theological Virtues in Real Time

Theological Virtues in Real Time

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:17

A look back at his first teaching job interview prompts Michael Bennett to consider how Catholic teachers are called to live the values of the Gospel.

On a rainy Thursday evening in 1998, I was appointed to my first teaching job. The interview started at 7:00 pm. There were no children in the school. The three candidates were given the ubiquitous tour of the school. Dressed in our graduation suits,... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Religious Education, Salesian Schools, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Practising the law of love

Practising the law of love

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:51

The Gospel for 29th Sunday of the year tells us of the challenges Jesus faced from those trying to entrap and destroy him, Fr Gerry O'Shaughessy SDB offers a reflection on how we can be good citizens, practising Jesus' law of love. (Matthew 22: 15 - 21)

This week we see the Pharisees withdrawing from their discussion with Jesus. However, they still want to torment him and send their 'disciples' to challenge... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:41

Fr Gerry O'Shaunessy SDB reflects the Gospel for 28th Sunday of the year, with its call to fully take up the Lord's invitation to join him at the wedding feast. (Matthew 22: 1 - 14)

In our Gospel today, Jesus once again is speaking to the leaders of his people-these wonderful teachings apply as much today as they did in their original context. When the Old Testament prophets wanted to speak of the day... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:41

Some of the most important Gospel stories centre on sharing meals and breaking bread together. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the importance of 'table fellowship' in our lives today. Photo: A seder meal at the Triduum Retreat, Savio House

But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, "That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners." Yet Wisdom... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Kindness must be our default position

Kindness must be our default position

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:35

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a reflection on the Gospel for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Image by Marcello Cerrato via Qumran2.net

Once again we are presented with a parable about that important vineyard—that place of encounter with the divine. Once again the target audience are the leaders of the community—the chief priests and elders who should be listening to the WORD OF God. They... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesian Cooperators meet again in Bootle

Salesian Cooperators meet again in Bootle

Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:27

Way back in February a new group was formed in St James' parish, Bootle, to journey towards becoming Salesian Cooperators. Unfortunately, only one meeting was held before the lockdown and Covid-19 took hold. The date set for making promises to the Association came and went.

Now, 7 months later, we take up this journey once again and have held our second meeting. We are very happy to be together again!... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Cooperators, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Join our online book club and discover more about St Mary Mazzarello

Join our online book club and discover more about St Mary Mazzarello

Posted: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:11

The Salesian Sisters' Croxteth Community has a new initiative that we would like to extend to members of our Salesian Family.


As we journey towards the 150th Anniversary of the FMA Institute in 2022, we would like to promote the person and spirituality of Mother Mazzarello in a new way. We are beginning a Salesian Book Club which will take place online, via zoom.


The sessions will take place once every... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry