Holiness – a Gift Available For All

Don Bosco’s understanding of holiness was influenced by his devotion to St. Francis de Sales, defined as: ‘a gift from God which is available to all, no matter what their circumstances or age’.

In the Salesian tradition, people offer themselves over to Jesus in faith, hope and love. This involves daily choices, striving for a life that is lived with love, serenity and patience, together with an acceptance of the trials and joys of each day.

Holiness is accepted as the celebration of the human condition as loved by God, and a belief in the goodness of each person.

Christian Charity at Heart

Salesians believe that the Christian faith is not something to be lived alone – recognising that all Christians are people who share a common cause of Jesus – and who come together to form Church.

Don Bosco summed up the purpose of Salesian work as:

to help and do good to our neighbours, especially educating young people, bringing them up during their most dangerous years, instructing them in sciences and arts and guiding them in the practice of Religion and virtue.

Pope Francis, World Youth Day, Panama, 2019

Meeting Jesus in Shared Sacraments

The Salesian tradition says that celebrating the sacraments lets us recognise the debt we owe to our loving creator, God – as our salvation, and our promise of eternal happiness and fulfilment. It is through the sacraments that we experience God’s voice and His life-giving grace.

Inviting God In Prayer

Salesian prayer is simple, open to all, and speaks to life itself. It expresses a sense of celebration and seeks to involve the young in the joy of meeting Jesus through experiencing his Spirit. It encourages us to invite God into our moments of silence, and into our everyday situations.

Prayer for Preparation to Study

Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.
Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself. Amen

Prayer Before an Examination

How to live, how to pray.I believe that my job is actually a mission, a ministry;
That you have chosen me in this time and in this place
To be there for these kids.
I believe that there is nothing haphazard about my day,
About my experiences with my students or with their parents.
It is all part of your plan.
I believe that you have chosen me, Lord.
I believe.

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Lord you are my friend and you are with me today and always.
You have blessed my life with many gifts and talents.
As the exams approach I feel nervous so I pray for your peace.
Calm my mind so that I can think clearly and write down what I know.
Help me to remember what I have learned and to do my best.
Lord your loving presence surrounds me.
Help me to trust that you will guide me.
Amen

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I Believe, Lord.

I believe that each of my students is your child.
I believe that they are a reflection of your love.
I believe that each child possesses special gifts and talents,
that you are entrusting me to help them discover these gifts
and nurture those talents.
I believe that each child is trying to find you,
And that I can be a model of how to look,
How to live, how to pray.
I believe that my job is actually a mission, a ministry;
That you have chosen me in this time and in this place
To be there for these kids.
I believe that there is nothing haphazard about my day,
About my experiences with my students or with their parents.
It is all part of your plan.
I believe that you have chosen me, Lord.
I believe.