Tag archives for Spirituality

Encounter of the Salesian Charism: South Asian Context

Encounter of the Salesian Charism: South Asian Context -by Dominic Veliath, SDB

by Dominic Veliath, SDB Abstract: In his article, “Encounter of the Salesian Charism with the South Asian Context”, Fr. Dominic Veliath, a Salesian hailing from the Bangalore Province in India, gives us an overview of how the Salesian charism came into contact with the South Asian context in over one hundred years of Salesian presence on […]

Salesian Evangelization: At the Threshold of the Bicentennial of Don Bosco’s Birth (Part 1)

Salesian Evangelization: At the Threshold of the Bicentennial of Don Bosco's Birth (Part 1) – by John Roche, SDB

by John Roche, SDB   Abstract: In his Apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis boldly proclaimed, “The Church will have to initiate everyone—priests, religious, and laity—into this art of accompaniment which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other” (169). In a world bombarded with new technologies, and undergoing myriad […]

The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif

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

by Francis J. Moloney, SDB   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 […]

Draw Upon the Spiritual Experience of Don Bosco

In honor of Don Bosco’s Feast day, and in line with this years study theme in preparation for the celebration of the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth (16 August 2015), we have put together this collection of articles from the Journal of Salesian Studies. We invite you, then, to take a few moments in the […]

Saint Francis de Sales Articles

In honor of Saint Francis de Sales, our patron whose feast we celebrate on 24 January, the Journal of Salesian Studies has made available a selection of articles for your study, enjoyment, and spiritual growth. A few are directly related to the Gentle Saint, and a few show his influence in the Bosconian branch of […]

Response to Joseph Boenzi’s “Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales”

Response to Joseph Boenzis ‘Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales’

by Francis Preston, SDB Excerpt: …Towards the end of his paper, Fr. Boenzi makes reference to the “pastoral heart” of Francis de Sales and how “as he looked at the separated city of Geneva, his longing converted into a program of action and a journey of continual conversion.” And with reference to Don Bosco Fr. […]

Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales: Da Mihi Animas

Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales: Da Mihi Animas

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB Subjects: Don Bosco Cites a Motto The Personal Motto of Francis de Sales: Non Excidet Spiritual Motto for Francis de Sales’ Religious Community: Live Jesus! Apostolic Slogan in the Pastoral Style of Francis de Sales Pastoral Heart Pastoral Awareness, Pastoral Attitude

Francis de Sales and the Bases for Salesian Prayer

Francis de Sales and the Bases for Salesian Prayer

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB Subjects: A spirituality that is open for everyone Conditions for prayer Humility and prayer Prayer and Hope Loving attentiveness to Jesus as an essential element of prayer Guide to prayer Jesus looks for us where we are Simplicity and intensity in prayer Divine Intimacy Ecstasy of action Conclusion: prayer as communion and […]

Accompanying the Young: The Souls our Hearts Seek

Accompanying the Young the Souls Our Hearts Seek

by Mary Greenan, FMA   Subjects: A Passion for Souls New Wine in Some Old Skins? Starting Point for Accompaniment Love as the Indispensable Condition for Accompaniment Knowing the End of All Our Accompanying The Key Questions Then Are What Is the Basic Goal of Spiritual Accompaniment and What Needs to Be Accompanied? The Journey […]

The Youth Minister as Mystic and Martyr

The Youth Minister as Mystic and Martyr

by David O’Malley, SDB   Subjects: Recognizing and Supporting Religious Experience in Young People The Development of Religious Experience Personal Experience v. Creedal Formulas Validating Personal Experience More Recent Data The Nature of Religious Experience Common Characteristics of Religious Experience Ineffable Noetic Transient Passive The Feeling Elements of Religious Experience The Interpretation Problem A Language […]

Paolo Albera’s Instructions: Early Efforts to Inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco

Paolo Albera’s Instructions: Early efforts to inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco

by Fr. Joseph Boenzi, SDB   Subjects: John Bosco Remembered in Paolo Albera’s Pastoral Visits Trained in Leadership by the Founder Believing in Don Bosco’s Holiness John Bosco in Paolo Albera’s Retreat Instructions Handing Down the Founder’s Teachings Recalling the Founder’s Example Characteristics Needed to Join Don Bosco Don Bosco: Director of Souls A Comprehensive […]

Something about Mary: Reflections on Don Bosco, Mother Mazzarello and the Development of the “Spirit of Mornese”

Something About Mary: Reflections on Don Bosco Mother Mazzarello and the Development of the Spirit of Mornese

by Kaoru Tamura, FMA       Subjects: Introduction Mother Mazzarello’s Spiritual Preparation, and Life Experiences Ideological Formation Life Experiences and Activities Brought Up on the Farm Apprenticed to Work in Manual Trade as Adolescents Influenced by Bourgeois Diocesan Priests Independence to Envision a New Model of Religious Life Inspired by the Experience of Working […]

What is Salesian in Don Bosco? Francis de Sales and Don Bosco’s Pastoral Spirit

What Is Salesian in Don Bosco: Francis de Sales and Don Bosco's Pastoral Spirit?

by Fr. Joseph Boenzi, SDB   Subjects: Preliminary Remarks Julie Colbert di Barolo, Marchesa and Foundress Pastoral Aspects of the Salesian Patronage Salesian Influence in Don Bosco’s Life Francis de Sales and the Devotional Landscape Model for Reform Model of Sweetness and Pastoral Zeal in the 1800s Don Cafasso Presents Francis de Sales to Priests […]

The Salesian Brother’s Spiritual Identity: A Lay Consecrated Youth Minister

The Salesian Brother's Spiritual Identity: A Lay Consecrated Youth Minister

by Br. John M. Rasor, SDB   Subjects: Writings from the Founding Period Names Don Bosco’s Constitutions The 3rd and 4th General Chapters The Coadjutors The Constitutions and General Chapters on Formation Identity in Today’s Rules Summary of the Renewal Process The Special General Chapter and World Congress of Salesian Brothers General Chapter 21 Fr. […]

Madonnas for Times of Trouble: Don Bosco’s Devotion to Mary the Madonna, and to Mary under the Titles ʺImmaculate Conceptionʺ and ʺHelp of Christiansʺ

Madonnas for Times of Trouble: Don Boscos Devotion to Mary the Madonna and to Mary under the Titles Immaculate Conception and Help of Christians

by Arthur J. Lenti  Subjects: Introduction Don Bosco’s Marian Devotion and Its Expression Theological Structure of Don Bosco’s Marian Devotion Don Bosco’s Marian Devotion Overview In Summary Devotion to Mary, Untitled and Titled Don Bosco’s Devotion to Mary the Immaculate Conception in Historical Context Mary Immaculate and Don Bosco: Precedents Definition of the Dogma of […]

An Introduction to Don Rua’s Letters to England

An Introduction to Don Rua's Letters to England

by John Dickson, SDB   Subjects: The Writer Don Rua’s Correspondents in England Don Rua’s Style of Pastoral Care Don Rua’s Style of Governance and Obedience Don Rua and Poverty, Finance and Property Don Rua’s Spirituality Conclusion

Contemporary Spirituality of the Salesian Family

Contemporary Spirituality of the Salesian Family

by Francis Desramaut, SDB     Subjects: Introduction: Don Bosco’s “Simple” Spirituality and the Spirituality of the Salesian Family Starting Points What Is Spirituality? Spirituality and Spirit Religious Spirituality – Subjective and Objective Spirituality in a Christian Context Salesian Spirituality – Initial General Description Salesian Spirituality – A Fluid Reality Evolving Character of the Spirituality […]

Our Sacred Story: A Changing Story or a Story of Change?

Our Sacred Story: A Changing Story or a Story of Change?

by Mary Greenan, FMA   Subjects: Introduction An End or a Beginning A Personal and Unfolding Story Unfolding the Story with the Young A Common, Cultural Story Editing the Story Lenses for Interpreting the Changes Our Sacred Story A Very Human Story A Story of Faith Unfolding An Unfolding Spiritual Story “No Longer Does our […]

Toward a Theology of the Body: An Analysis of the Letters of Maria Domenica Mazzarello

Towards a Theology of the Body: An Analysis of the Letters of Maria Domenica Mazzarello

by Edna MacDonald, FMA Subjects: Introduction Embodiment and Christian Spirituality Nineteenth-Century Italian Catholic Ascetical Practice: The Century of Asceticism Nineteenth-Century Italian Asceticism and Its Impact on Women A Theology of the Body: An Analysis of the Autobiographical Works of Maria Domenica Mazzarello Care for the Body, Not Distrust of the Body The Body Viewed Within […]

Bringing Don Bosco into the Mainstream: Lecture by Luc Van Looy, SDB

Bringing Don Bosco into the Mainstream (San Francisco, February 24, 1997)

by Luc Van Looy, SDB Subjects: Introduction Don Bosco: An Educational Genius Uniting Human Experiences in One Educational Movement Trust in the Young Communication and Information The Foreign Missions Transplant This Genius into Public Life Cultural Life Politics Social Development Conclusion: Two Strategic Points

The Catholic Readings: Writing for the Masses

The Catholic Readings Writing for the Masses

by Stephen Whelan, SDB     Subjects: Introduction: The Catholic Readings as an Apostolate 1853: The Well-Instructed Catholic: A Father’s Timely Talks to His Children with a Summation by Fr. John Bosco [II Cattolico Istruito nella sua Religione: Trattenimenti di un Padre di Famiglia co’suoi Figliuoli Secondo i Bisogni del Tempo epilogati dal sac. Bosco […]

St. Francis de Sales, Bibliography of Publications in English

St Francis de Sales Bibliography of Publications in English

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB Subjects: Introduction Growing Interest in Salesian Spirituality Two Comprehensive Bibliographies Toward Identifying an English Corpus Parameters of Present and Future Work The Writings of Francis de Sales in Translation Controversies (Spiritual Conferences) Introduction à la Vie Dévote (Philothea) Introduction à la Vie Dévote (Philothea) – abridged Introduction à la Vie Dévote […]