Tags: Salesian spirituality
Posted: Mon, 25 May 2020 01:43
As we celebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians, (transferred from 24 May this year, which falls on a Sunday), Fr Tony Fernandes SDB relects on the devotion to her that Don Bosco urged on us. (See the link below for details of the livestreamed Mass for the feast)
When we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, what comes to my mind is simply that Mary, who was the first help to Jesus during... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 18:58
In his latest article on being a Catholic teacher, Mike reflects on engagement with reality. (Photo: Freephoto on Pixabay)
Being a proud Scouse lad, the lyrics of the Beatles I am sure are as much as part of my DNA as the double helix. Music and football are an instant conversation starter where ever I go. One of the most sublime lyrics of the Fab Four is 'Living is easy with eyes closed.' Can you name... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 19 May 2020 12:20
A reflection for the 7th Sunday of Easter, World Communications Sunday, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Photo: Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
We find ourselves in this 'waiting time' between the celebration of Ascension and the remembrance of Pentecost. On this day, we recall that the disciples are still in their prayerful lockdown with Mary in the home of Eucharist, the Upper Room. They have to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 13:03
A reflection on the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: Church of Jesus Christ Media Library
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 06 May 2020 18:07
A reflection on the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB
In our Gospel today we see Jesus trying to encourage his disciples, reminding them that there are "many rooms in my father's house" (John 14:2). I'm reminded of a very pious and holy nun I met on a Retreat; during the week it became obvious that the Sister Superior of this convent was VERY strict. As the week came... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:57
A reflection on the Gospel for 4th Sunday of Easter, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.
Image by Bernardette Lopez via Qumran2
John 10: 1-10 I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.
On this Good Shepherd Sunday we are reminded of the strength of Jesus as a teacher and his use of parables to make his point. He is talking to an audience who will naturally understand his thinking and make... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:25
A reflection on the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, from Fr O'Shaughnessy SDB
Luke 24:13-35 Two disciples travelling to a village called Emmaus come to recognise our risen Lord in the breaking of the bread, as he opened the Scriptures to them
Our Gospel this Sunday is all about the need for ENCOUNTER: we need to to have a real encounter with the Risen Lord if we are going to have meaning in our... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 16:42
Everyone is adapting fast to our new situation, and for the start of the new term this week, schools have produced their first 'virtual assemblies', keeping students connected and bringing the familiarity of school into the homes of students.St John Bosco College Battersea and Thornleigh Salesian College are among the first to go virtual, and in both schools, there is a focus on the RUAH spirit (Respect,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:31
In this week's article from a Catholic teacher, Mike explores the Salesian concept of a 'spirituality of presence'. In these times when being physically present to others is restricted, considering the spiritual aspect of presence could help us to be 'present' when we're not present, in our working, family and social relationships.
I was once in a very serious meeting where the question was asked 'what... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:08
We celebrate the feast of our founder, Don Bosco, on 31 Janury, and for the nine days leading to the feast, from Wednesday 22 January, we invite all members of our Salesian Family, and everyone who works with or cares for the wellbeing of young people, to join us in praying a novena asking for DOn Bosco's intercession in asking God to make us better and more compassionate advocates for the young.