May - June 2007
The Colors of Joy
Recently, as I was leafing through a few of the magazines that we frequently find on our bookshelves and in community rooms, I was particularly struck by photos. One image spoke to me more than others: the radiant smile of a very poor child who held a piece of wood to her ear pretending that it was a cell phone. What a happy child!
I allowed myself to be caught up by a conviction that we frequently share and that could surprise us by its immediacy: it is not things that make us ...
November - December 2007
Yearning for the future
An eastern sage once said: “If I would have
the omnipotence of God for a moment, the
only miracle I would work would be that of
giving words their original meaning”. In
reality, noted Tonino Bello, words today
have acquired a multi-use. The same term
frequently holds meanings that are
diametrically opposed. It seems to me that
one of these multi-use words is future.
Those among us who are older and more
experienced ...Read more
September - October 2007
Growing in Reciprocity
A Sister who had been experiencing a period of restlessness confided to me: “Since the time I decided to think about acting in passing from I
, I have rediscovered what it means to be free and happy”.She succeeded by taking the high road.This daily challenge touches all of us in our personal life and in the community reality.It is probably the preferred way to realize ourselves as consecrated women who live together.
In this ...
July - August 2007
The Person: Top Priority
Making investments is the strategy of one who is aware of possessing values that can increase and spread in an exponential way. We, who have the entrustment of an educational charism, invest
energy, time, and resources in a precise direction: young people. It does not matter if we are always among them or if we dedicate ourselves to other services, or if we are not able to be on the playground, in a classroom or in a youth group. As Salesian educators we invest ...Read more
March - April 2007
Speaking informally to God
The great French painter, Henri Matisse,
wrote to a friend: “As I do every morning, I
am now going to say my prayers , with a
pencil in my hand, before a pomegranate
tree I am filled permeated with
admiration...Is this not a way to pray? In
those moments it is God who guides my
hand in the drawing”.
Having discovered the mystery of God in
the miracle of nature, an artist who was
apparently far from the faith, understood
how ...Read more
January - February 2007
A weeklong stay in Cesuna, a mountain
village at 1000 meters of altitude,
surrounded by vast fields of pine trees and
with a panorama of the Venetian
Dolomites…For a few years now the
editorial group of the DMA has met here for
a time of evaluation and programming. The
community environment and the climate of
the group have provided the best support
for the research and meeting.
Even the meetings of August, 2006
demonstrated intense reflection and ...Read more