Salesian Missionary Intention
IN THE LIGHT OF THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTION
For a warm welcome to victims of human trafficking, forced prostitution and violence
Salesians in different parts of the world are involved in preventing them; and in the rehabilitation of boys and girls, young men and wom-en, victims of exploitation and traf-ficking. We pray for these presences so that they be a balm for the wounds, a school where one learns and a family where one experiences true love and a hope for the future.
CAGLIERO11_122, FEBRAURY 2019
Dear confreres, dear friends
This year 2019, rooted as we are in the Strenna - "Holiness for you, too" - I invite you to rediscover the Beatitudes as presented by Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate. We could make a Salesian missionary interpretation or application for each of them. And heres the first:
Here is our challenge - to be Salesian missionaries who are poor in spirit. This poverty of spirit, as in Don Bosco’s dream of the ten diamonds, has its visible and hidden side. The visible one is, above all, "work and temper-ance", the daily caetera tolle, a real love of a poor personal life: "let the world know that you are poor in clothes, in food, in homes" (Don Bosco to the first missionaries). However, this poverty of spirit has also its hidden diamond, its intimate secret: "He became poor, so that we might become rich through his poverty" (St. Paul, in Const. 72). Therefore,
Be poor in heart; this is the most precious secret of every Salesian missionary!
Fr. Guillermo Basañes, SDB
WINDOW TO THE WORLD
While “Coetera Tolle” was a part of Don Bosco’s motto, he was also absolutely practical and down to earth. He was an exceptionally successful fundraiser in the service of his “poor and abandoned boys”. He was an exceptionally successful fundraiser. We have imitated him in this, too.
The values, attitudes and mentality of people are evolving rapidly. The donor of today has the technology to ensure the best use of his hard-earned money. The Mission Office (Procura) mobilizes a part of the resources Salesians need. It is our window to the world, creating interaction between Salesians and the public.
The Missions Sector organized a world conference of Mission Offices at Rome from 17 to 19 January 2019. 89 Salesians and collaborators from 54 Provinces in 45 countries participated. We reflected on resource mobilization as an apostolate, a ministry, a path to holiness. We studied the social teaching of the Church and the Salesian characteristics of fund-raising. We looked at our values, principles and standards of work. We sought ways to meet the material needs for the formation of our confreres. We strengthened the networking among ourselves. We shared the challenges we face and learned from each other.
The Economer General shared information about the financial situation of the Congregation and our strategy to deal with it. The Councillor for the Missions highlighted our priorities as a Missionary Congregation. The Rector Major spent a full day with us, inspiring us with his his vision and enthusing us through his active participation.
Fr. George Menamparampil
THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF THE MISSIONARY AD GENTES
I remember very well my time as a novice at Ba Thon. Fr. Francis Nhat (missionary in Africa), was preparing for his ordination in Vietnam. One day he shared with us about his mission in South Sudan. My heart was touched and I said to myself, "I will be missionary ad gentes!" Even though that desire was already aflame in my heart, I had to finish my studies first. In the mean time I made greater efforts to come closer to the other members of the community because I knew that, as a mission-ary, I would need to accept very diverse people, if I were to make my missionary life more fruitful.
If one is in a mission, it is very important to learn from the environment and from the young. Being enriched by the needs and sensitivities of the young generates a pastoral heart in us. We cannot support each other if we do not understand each other well.
Whether in East Asia or West Africa, I can see that people have diverse characters. People from the East are more reflective whereas in West Africa they are more extroverted. All Africans are generally very friendly and sociable. A good point is that in Africa we, missionaries, are always welcome.
I found it wonderful that young Africans confront their struggles of life with courage and a proactive attitude. These struggles shape the person, help him become more active and not miss out on possible opportunities. These young people fight for their rights; they are very energetic when they get into sports. At meetings they talk spontaneously and express their opinions without any fear of what their classmates think.
Some advice for future missionaries.
Fr. Thomas Hui,
Missionary from Vietnam to Nigeria
Witness of Salesian Missionary Sanctity
Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni SDB, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints
Saint Calisto Caravario (1903-1930), Protomartyr in China along with St. Louigi Versig-lia. Writing to his mother on May 29, 1929, the day of his priestly ordination, he expresses himself in these prophetic words: "Do not any longer think about anything other than to pray that I may be a holy priest, a good example to those around me and totally dedicated to the cause of the Lord. Will the time of my priesthood be long or short? I do not know. The important thing is that I do well and that when I come into the Lords presence I can say that I have, with His help, made fruitful the graces He has given me."