Posted: Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:06
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for the 19th Sunday of the year.
Today our Gospel takes us onto Lake Galilee; a huge expanse of water that was a source of both a thriving fishing industry and a trading highway. I think it is very interesting that Jesus choose the busy port town of Capernaum as his base when he began his public ministry: the Sea of Galilee was his front door to the world.
While... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:11
With Salesian summer projects and camps cancelled due to COVID-19, Sue McDonald, GBR Youth Ministry Animator, realised this is the first time she has not had a 'Salesian summer' for the last 40 years! Sue looks back fondly at the variety of summer camps run by Salesians that she has been part of, as a participant and as a volunteer or leader, over four decades, and shares her hopes for a new way to... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:00
A reflection on the Gospel for 18th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. 'They fed 5000 men, not counting the women and children'. (Image: Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net
The miracle of feeding in Matthew recalls the compassion of Jesus: he had originally planned to take a break with his disciples but the crowd found him. He reaches out to help them because they were lost and needed a... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:10
Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object's history. Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The repairs are visible — yet somehow beautiful. Kintsugi means "golden joinery".
Kintsugi is a way of seeing, that is only possible through the eye of contemplation. To contemplate... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 08:47
As school staff continue over summer with preparations for the return in September, Fr David O'Malley, our Salesian Schools Network Coordinator, has produced a video offering a Salesian approach to helping staff and students adapt to the new situation, and cope with the challenging experiences school communities have been through.
His 7-course menu advises schools to start with fun, build gratitude,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:44
Hands up who knows what the word 'education' means? I often start in-service training with this question. Quite often a room full of teachers will have no idea of the etymological meaning of the word—why would they? I didn't until I was told. Yet each one has the concept in their head, heart and soul. They have, in my humble opinion, a mystical knowledge of the meaning of education. By mystical... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:31
After hosting the recent presentation by Fr Fabio Attard SDB, the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales (CYMFed) has now launched a series of talks called 'Journeying Together', delivered by a range of experts from across the globe.
The talks are streamed live on YouTube, with the opportunity for viewers to put their own questions and comments to speakers, and the videos remain on... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:50
In January 2019, a small group of pilgrims from Salesian Youth Ministry GBR made the long trip to Panama, to join Pope Francis and millions of young people for the 16th World Youth Day (WYD) - the first to take place in Central America. Liam Parr was among them, attending his third WYD, and his short film allows us to revisit the excitement and the life-changing experience of this huge event.
In his... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:05
A reflection on the Gospel for 16th Sunday of the year, the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13: 24-43), by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells a tale that would upset the many farmers in his audience; an enemy creeps into the field and deliberately plants weeds in the good wheat field—an action that could destroy their livelihood and income Good and bad are... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:03
A new free app for phones and tablets offers the prayers used by Salesians, in 9 languages and variants, including both British and American English. Salesians@Prayer can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
Prayers can be downloaded from the app to use offline. The app will be developed in future to incorporate even more Salesian documents, and is an invaluable tool for Salesian religious,... Read More »