"Don Bosco realized his personal holiness through an educative commitment (John Paul II, Letter Juvenum Patris, 5).
His pastoral praxis and pedagogical style spring from this experience. Spiritual life, apostolic commitment, educative method are three aspects of a single reality: the love and pastoral charity that unifies and drives all of existence: to be in the Church signs and bearers of God's love for the young
"This system is based entirely on reason, religion and above all on loving-kindness" (Don Bosco)
The Preventive System is also a pedagogical method characterized by:
This original proposal for evangelizing the young departs from the point of encounter with the young right where they are to be found, by valuing the natural and supernatural patrimony that each youngster has in his or her self, and in an educative environment which is rich in proposals; it is carried out via an educative approach that privileges the poorest and neediest; it promotes the development of the positive resources they have and proposes a particular form of Christian life and youthful holiness.
This original project of Christian life is organized around certain experiences of faith, certain choices of gospel values and attitudes that constitute Salesian Youth Spirituality (SYS).
The Preventive System finds its source and centre in the experience of God’s charity that through His Providence ‘comes before’ (the real meaning of ‘preventive’) each creature. This charity accompanies and saves (gives life to) the individual.
This experience predisposes the educator to welcome God in the young, convinced that in them God offers the grace of encounter with Him, and calls the educator to serve God in them, recognizing their dignity, renewing faith in their resources of goodness and educating them to fullness of life.
This pastoral charity creates an educative rapport fitted to the adolescent, indeed the poorest of them. It is a fruit of the conviction that each life, even the poorest, most complex, most precarious existence, carries within it the power of redemption and the seed of happiness – through the mysterious presence of the Holy Spirit.