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Term:    Da mihi animas cetera tolle
Definition: Trans: give me souls, take away the rest


POS (part of speech).
     Can be more than one:
     POS 1: N/phrase     
     POS 2: ---

 

Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies):
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Term status:
     for POS 1:      
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(General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)

 

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(In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term. In other cases below, if the term has its source in another language, this will be indicated by an [S] following the term.)

 

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Suggested equivalent (other) Language code [chosen from IANA registry]): Da mihi animas cetera tolle
Other language: Latin_la

 

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Geographical/Regional usage:

 

Description:
    Often left in its Latin form, this is the motto adopted by Don Bosco from the time he began the work of the Oratories (his own claim), though it did not become an official motto until the debate, late in his life, over the wording to include in the Congregation's Coat of Arms, where he insisted on this motto as one which had characterised his work from the beginning.
    His claim, in his Life of Dominic Savio, that it was frequently to be heard on the lips of St Francis of Sales, has little evidence behind it. In all of the published writings of Saint Francis of Sales we do not find it once. Instead his close friend, the Bishop of Belley (Jean-Pierre Camus), in his 'Spirit of St Francis de Sales', a book that no doubt Don Bosco had read as a seminarian at Chieri, quotes Francis as having said this in response to a question whether he would want to be the Prince Bishop of Geneva, given that circumstances did not allow him to take possession of that See. He answered along the lines that all he wanted was the souls of the people, not the rest that went with such an Office. The phrase itself is a direct quote from Genesis 14:21 (the king of Sodom's response to Abram).

 

Context (examples of use):

 

Other notes:
Sometimes cetera is spelled with another variant: coetera or even caetera. There is an argument that cetera is the more original, the other being a corrupted form.
Very often the full term is shortened to Da mihi animas.

  

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POS (part of speech). A term may be more than one POS
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Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies)
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[Initialisms like AGC are regarded as acronyms; a term like 'Bro.' is an abbreviation; an example of short form instead would be the main part of a very long book title (most of DB's book titles! 'Giovane Provveduto' is a short form). A loan term is not translated whereas a calque is. A blend is where two (or more) morphemes or 'word' parts have been combined to form a single term, as in the case of 'austraLasia'. Choose variant when there exists at least one other common form of the term. ]

 


Term status (General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)
(1) (2)   
[Archaic refers to terms that have fallen out of regular use. Deprecated indicates official disapproval or if not disapproval, official abandonment at least. A neologism is a term that has come into play relatively recently - say, since Vatican II, but the time frame can be flexible.]

 

Recommended equivalent (it). In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term

   

 

 

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Definition
  
[The definition should not be imagined! It is assumed that it exists either in a reputable dictionary (or at least in similar words) or in some authoritative Salesian reference (e.g. the Constitutions, AGC or similar public document, Lenti's 7 volume series, and so on]

 


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Geographical/Regional usage
  
[Certain terms are common in restricted parts of the Congregation. We have one 'prior' but only in INB; in some parts of Asia the Salesian community is called a 'convent', but not elsewhere]

 


Description

[Etymological information, mostly]

 


Context (examples of use)

[English usage, obviously]  

 


Other notes
  
[Room here for more personal observations, private opinion if felt to be useful]

 

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