21 Nov 2019
2020 Strenna Poster Presented
(ANS – Rome – November 15) – The poster for Strenna 2020, which develops the theme “Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). GOOD CHRISTIANS AND UPRIGHT CITIZENS” is now available online. The 2020 poster of the Year stands recalls to mind the spark that touched off Salesian work.
There was a stairway near the large market of Porta Palazzo where the young people sat to laugh, joke, and have a snack. Don Bosco went to meet them there, “out there” where they normally met and hung out. He did not lecture them; he simply offered his friendship.
Don Bosco possessed nothing but his huge heart, which revealed itself in his unforgettable gaze: “What stood out most in Don Bosco was his gaze, sweet but penetrating, to the depths of the heart, which you could hardly resist staring at,” one of those old pupils once said.
The poster is a page from the Gospel according to Don Bosco: “Jesus called forth a child, put him in their midst, and said: ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matt 18:1-5).
So, too, Don Bosco: he is all here, thus, with the same eyes and the same heart as Jesus.
He had a conviction about young people: “This portion is the most delicate and most precious of human society, on which the hopes of a happy future are based.” It is his decisive choice: “You are the most important part of my day,” “You are special, and you mean a lot to me,” he would tell the young people he met. It is in this daily dynamic that the personality of young people is built; there is the heart of the educational process that succeeds in forming “good Christians and upright citizens.”
His goal is simple and immense: “I want young people to be happy in time and eternity.”
In the poster, at the top of the staircase is an open door. It is the door of Don Bosco’s house, the door of the Church, and the door of life. Today, young people often find only closed doors. Don Bosco wants the young to have open doors, those of a future and a happy and responsible life, those of a mature and satisfying faith, those of joy, solidarity, open and free creativity.
This is why the Salesian Family exists.
The Salesian Communications Office in New Rochelle is arranging for a limited number of copies to be printed in both small (about 9×13”) and large (about 24×36”) formats, in English and Spanish.