Category Archives: Salesiana

Happy Feast of Don Bosco

Its quite some time I really spent time in writing and reading, so I thought the feast of Don Bosco is the right time to begin again.

Let me wish you all a very happy feast of Don Bosco, a saint who has captured the mind and heart of so many youngsters in the world.

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TUGBOATS: A BICENTENARY INITIATIVE (X & XI ISSUES)

Hi Friends

I am very happy to inform you about the tenth and the eleventh Issues of

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative in view of the bicentenary celebrations.

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It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – May-June 2015)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@gmail.com

The theme for the next issue: Creative and Meaningful Bicentenary Celebrations” the article can be your personal reflection.

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

Empowering the Future

Don Bosco Boys home, Kollam under the able leadership of Fr Thomas started an year long monthly leadership training for youth of the locality. It is an initiative of the community for the bicentenary birth of Don Bosco. A selected group of youth will be organised and animated for an year in leadership and life skills so that they can in turn becomes leading voice among their own companions.

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The firs session was organised on 19th August 2015 by Fr Thomas himself. The class focused on motivation, it was more of group discussion and enabling the young to come out of themselves. The programme was well attended and highly appreciated by the participants.

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We as sons of Don Bosco look forward to the future with hope, having the most powerful means in hand for the transformation of the society, more effectively by transforming the young through the young.

TUGBOATS: A BICENTENARY INITIATIVE (IX ISSUE)

Hi Friends

I am very happy to inform you about the Ninth Issue of

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative in view of the bicentenary celebrations.

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It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to

download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – April 2015)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@yahoo.com

The theme for the next issue: ABANDONED’ MINISTRIES...” the article can be your personal reflection.

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

TUGBOATS: A BICENTENARY INITIATIVE (VII ISSUE)

Hi Friends
I am very happy to inform you about the Seventh Issue of

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative in view of the bicentenary celebrations.

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It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to
download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – February 2015)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@yahoo.com

The theme for the next issue: “A Call to Salesian Life”  (My reasons to invite the young to become Salesian) the article can be your personal reflection.

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

TUGBOATS: A BICENTENARY INITIATIVE (VI ISSUE)

Hi Friends
I am very happy to inform you about the Sixth Issue of

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative in view of the bicentenary celebrations.

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It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to
download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – January 2015)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@yahoo.com

The theme for the next issue: Challenges and Signposts  (the Challenges/issue(s) facing the Salesian congregation in India and proposal to face those challenges meaningfully) the article can be your personal reflection.

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

TUGBOATS: A BICENTENARY INITIATIVE (V ISSUE)

Hi Friends
I am very happy to inform you about the Fifth Issue of

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative in view of the bicentenary celebrations.

Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue - December 2014It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – December 2014)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

A word about the forth coming issue: The theme for the next issue is LIVING BOSCOS You are requested to tell us about an inspiring Salesian who brought the memory of Don Bosco alive to you. (Click to make your contributions)

Your contributions (in less than 200 words, for the forthcoming Issues)or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments to manunsdb@yahoo.com

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

TUGBOATS: A BICENTENARY INITIATIVE (IV ISSUE)

Hi Friends
I am very happy to inform you about the Fourth Issue of

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative in view of the bicentenary celebrations.

It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to Tugboats November 2014download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – November-2014)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@yahoo.com

The theme for the next issue: The Lay Collaboration and the future of Salesian India!

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

The word ‘Salesian’ is synonymous with commitment

It is with lots of enthusiasm that I read this statement, “The word ‘Salesian’ is synonymous with commitment,” of Jorge Arevalo, Deputy Director for Education of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Looking at the great Salesian work all over the world anyone could easily agree with it. However my take on this is ……. and it did raise few questions in my mind.

Thinking of a glorious past, are we living in a utopian world?

(It is very true that we need to acknowledge the glorious past and thank the Lord for the same but we just should not be stuck with the past alone, rather we need to be in the present facing the challenges of the time.)

Not that we Salesians do not work today, but we still need to work, for and with youth

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative (III Issue)

Hi Friends
I am very happy to inform you about the third Issue of

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It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same. (Click to download Tugboats A Bicentenary Issue – October 2014)

You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.

Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!

Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@yahoo.com

The theme for the next issue: The ‘Francis Effect’ on Salesians

Please find the back issues: Tugboats (PDF) for downloads! 

Long Live Don Bosco

The Snake and the Rosary: Dream of St. John Bosco

rosary02I want to tell you a dream I had some nights ago, most probably on the eve of the Assumption. I dreamed that I was at my brother’s home at Castelnuovo d’ Asti with all my boys. While they were at play, a total stranger came up to me and asked me to go with him. He took me to a meadow alongside the playground and pointed to a huge, ugly snake, over twenty feet long, coiled in the grass. Continue reading The Snake and the Rosary: Dream of St. John Bosco

TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative (II Issue)

Hi Friends 
I am very Happy to inform you about the second Issue of
TUGBOATS: A Bicentenary Initiative
in view of the bicentenary celebrations. 
It is a small monthly publication to enhance our preparation for the same.
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You may pass it on to those who would benefit from it.
This is the second issue. 
You see, we have another 10 issues to perfect the initiative!!
Your contributions (in less than 300 words, for the forthcoming Issues) 
or comments (for the present one) are MOST WELCOME!
Please mail your comments / contributions to manunsdb@yahoo.com
The theme for the next issue: Formation, leading to transformation: Reality or Hypothesis. 
 
Long Live Don Bosco

The Dream of Ten Diamonds: A Vision to the Future

Don Rinaldi calls the august personage in the dream of Don Bosco on 10, September 1881 at San Benigno Canavese as “the Model of the True Salesian”. The dream which is popularly known the dream of ten diamonds can easily be understood in three parts.

In Scene I the august personage portrays the ideal Salesian. The front of his mantle is adorned with five diamonds, three on the breast representing Faith, Hope and Charity, and two at shoulder level for Work and Temperance. On the back of the garment are another five diamonds: they stand for Obedience, Poverty, Reward, Chastity and Fasting.

In Scene II the august personage depicts the model completely debased. The mantle “is faded, moth-eaten and torn. Where the diamonds, had been, the cloth was in tatters and eaten away by grubs”. This depressing scene portrays “the ruin, the antithesis of the true Salesian”.

In Scene III there is a handsome young man of imposing and charming mien, dressed in white garments delicately worked in gold and silver thread. His message to the Salesians is to “listen, take heed and be strong and courageous; to bear witness in their words and lives, to be prudent in accepting and training the new generation, and to see to the healthy growth of the Congregation”.

Significances of the Dream:

  • The dream presents a deft, personalized and dramatic exposition of Salesian spirituality.
  • The special characteristics presented in the dream must be seen as an authoritative identikit of a true Salesian,
  • Don Bosco tells us that as long as we cherish these characteristics the future of our vocation in the Church is assured; however, if we neglect them the Congregation will face total extinction.
  • It is a dream offered to every Salesian because he is a Salesian and there is no reference to the young.