The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif

· Francis J. Moloney, volume 16
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by Francis J. Moloney, SDB

The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif – by Francis J. Moloney, SDB

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Abstract:

In “The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif,” prolific author and noted biblical scholar Francis J. Maloney, SDB offers an historical look at how the image of the Good Shepherd came to be connected with the person of Don Bosco and the Salesian charism, and how this connection is relatively new.  He then reflects upon the significance of the Good Shepherd image on the Salesian cross received by those who take their perpetual vows within the Congregation.  Fr. Maloney also gives us biblical references to the early allusions of the image of the Good Shepherd.  Citing various passages, he expounds on the image of God as the shepherd of his own people and how God is the one who will save them from all their enemies.  He then moves on to present us with the shepherd in the Gospels; seen within the teaching and practice of Jesus himself, the theme of the Good Shepherd should serve as a paradigm for such pastoral spirituality.  After presenting the theme from the Synoptic gospels’ perspective, the author gives us an overview of how the Fourth Gospel presents the theme. In conclusion, the author tells us that as Salesians we have looked beyond the person of Don Bosco and searched more in the Sacred Scriptures where we have uncovered “something essential to our charism.” The biblical image of the Good Shepherd should be for Salesians “a feature of all that we do and are in our care for one another, and for all those whose lives we touch as educators.”

 


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