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Rejuvenate the face of the Church, the Mother of our faith.

LETTERS OF THE RECTOR MAJOR FR PASCUAL CHÁVEZ


STRENNA 2005

Commentary of the Rector Major

“Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her…. So that he might present her to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish”   (Eph. 5,25.27).
On the occasion of the 40th  anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican Council II,
in the light of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes which helped us see that the Church is the People of God, the Body of Christ, Mother of believers, servant of the world,
and aware that it is "the Church's task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the generations of the new millennium" (NMI 16),
as the Salesian Family we commit ourselves to

Rejuvenate the face of the Church,
the Mother of our faith.

There was a man sent by God whose name was Angelo;  or rather, whose name was John.  Yes, John XXIII, the good Pope who one day was prompted by the Spirit to rise up and proclaim a new Spring for the Church.  With an unexpected gesture he not only opened the windows but threw wide the doors as well so that the Spirit could enter.  The Second Vatican Council which he convoked was like a cyclone entering unexpectedly into a closed and blocked up environment, “the rush of a mighty wind” (Acts 2,2) as in the Cenacle on the day of Pentecost.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the ending of the Second Vatican Council, and in the light of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes, which have enabled us to see the Church as a Mystery, the People of God, the Body of Christ, the Mother of believers and Servant of the world, we are conscious as members of the Salesian Family that “it is the Church’s task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the generations of the new millennium” (NMI 16).  And so, reliving  that extraordinary event, we commit ourselves to

Rejuvenate the face of the Church,

the Mother of our faith.