The Salesian Strenna (or ‘theme’) for 2019 is “Holiness for you, too”. The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has chosen the gospel passage from John (15:11) “So that my joy may be in you” as the inspiration for this year’s Strenna. In describing himself as the vine, and we the branches, Jesus is inviting us into the gift of holiness, a call to live our lives to the full using Jesus as our guide.
The call to holiness isn’t just for some (those we deem to be ‘saints’), but a call to live our lives to the full as ‘everyday saints’ according to God’s p..
Our wonderful school is founded on the teachings of St John Bosco (1815-1888), and of all his words of encouragement to his teaching staff, then and now, I believe the most powerful to be:
“It is not enough that our students are loved, they must know they are loved.”
Bosco knew that an evangelizing community, one that ‘goes forth’ in the world to bring the good news of God’s love for us (Jn 4:19), must be seen to be fully involved in the lives of others through active participation. For those involved in education today, this means:
reaching out to those in need;