Don Bosco Novena: Day 9

Day 9 (January 30): Everything, except refusing to fly when we were born for the heights! There are so many small steps that can help us make the journey of holiness, this simple holiness, anonymous but shaping our lives in a beautiful way.  Everything can help us; everything except refusing
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 8

Day 8 (January 29): Growing through small gestures (Gaudete et Exsultate, 16). This is another simple indicator, practical and within everyone’s reach. God calls us to holiness through small gestures, through simple things, which we undoubtedly discover in other people and reproduce in ourselves in everyday life; encouraged also by
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 7

Day 7 (January 28): Seeking the simplicity of the Beatitudes In teaching the Beatitudes, Jesus offered us a real path to holiness. “The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 63). In them a way of life is proposed to us which includes processes that go from
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 6

Day 6 (January 27): Understanding that everyone’s life is a mission Pope Francis clearly asks that the whole of one’s life be understood as a mission. Sometimes, in difficult moments, people ask what is the purpose of their lives, the point of living, the reason for their being in the
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 5

Day 5 (January 26): Bearing witness to communion The path of holiness is followed together, and the road to holiness is one lived in community and pursued together. The saints are always together, a company. Where there is one of them, others will always be found. Everyday holiness makes communion
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 4

Day 4 (January 25): Practicing the virtues Holiness is not only rejecting evil and pursuing good, but being passionate for good, doing good things well, everything that is good: prayer and action in the world, service and self-giving, and also times for silence, family life and a sense of responsibility
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 3

Day 3 (January 24): Developing in our lives the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, charity, joy, peace, patience, benevolence, goodness, fidelity, mildness, faith, rule over oneself, etc. Holiness is not quarrelling, arguing, envy, division, haste. “Holiness does not make you less human, since it is an encounter between your
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 2

Day 2 (January 23): Being individuals and communities of prayer The path of holiness is not possible without cultivating depth in our lives, without a genuine faith, and without prayer as the expression of this faith.  Pope Francis declares: “I do not believe in holiness without prayer” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 147). 
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Don Bosco Novena: Day 1

Note: Each day, the novena includes a reflection from Fr. Angel’s commentary on the 2019 strenna and a prayer. Day 1 (January 22):  Living everyday life as the place to meet God The heart of the Salesian spirit can be identified by the fact that it thinks of life in a
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Immaculate Conception Novena: Day 9

Day 9 – December 7: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” Mary’s words are a brave and generous “yes.”  It is the positive reply of one who understands the secret of vocation—to go beyond oneself and place oneself at
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