STRENNA: FOR A TRUE CULTURE OF HUMAN LIFE
At a time when life is particularly under threat, as the Salesian Family we commit ourselves to:
– accept life with gratitude and with joy as an inviolable gift,
– Foster life with passion as a responsible service,
– defend with hope the dignity and the quality of every life, above all the most weak, poor and defenseless.
Mama Margaret, a True Salesian Hero
It has been 150 years since Mama Margaret died. The intensity of her virtue has been recognized by the church, and she has been declared a servant of God. This year our Rector Major, Fr. Pascual Chavez, SDB, has asked that the Salesian family pray fervently for her cause of beatification and canonization. We invite you to join in this prayer.
More about Mamma Margaret
Prayer for the Canonization of Mamma Margaret
God our Father,
we thank you
for making Mamma Margaret
a strong and wise woman,
a heroic mother
and a wise educator.
Give us the joy of seeing her
raised to the honour of the altars
so that all may
imitate her way of holiness,
lived as daily and humble
service of her neighbor.
Through her intercession
grant us the grace
we request with a trusting heart.
Through Christ our Lord.
MESSAGES FROM CONFRERES TO THE RECTOR MAJOR ON THE OCCASION OF MAMMA MARGARET BEING DECLARED “VENERABLE”
1. Fr. Amalraj Susai sdb, Trichy.
Dear Fr. Rector Major,
Greetings from Fr. Amalraj Susai, the Provincil of Tiruchy. Only this morning I received the happy news of Mamma Margaret being declared Venerable thorugh the e-mail communication of Fr. Joaquim. I wish to congratulate you on behalf of the Province of Tiruchy for this timely annuouncement before the commmemoration of her 150th death anniversary. Our Province has taken a number of initiatives for the commemoration of her death anniversary. Congratulating you for your initiative to promote devotion to the Mother of our Founder and praying for you,
2. Jos Claes sdb, Provincial of BELGIUM (NORTH)
Dear Don Pascual Chávez,
We, Salesians and the Salesian Family in BEN, are very happy that Mamma Margherita now is Venerable. Congratulations. We will pray to Mammma Margherita that she protect the Salesian Family all over the world. Last Saturday we had a very good provincial community-day at Gent with 120 Salesians around Mamma Margherita. Next week, the 25 November, is in every community a special day. In the delegation is published a little book with the history of Mamma Margherita.Our Don Bosco calendar 2007, 30,000 print run in BEN, present every month a little story of Mamma Marherita.
We pray for you and greetings in Don Bosco,
Rector Major to the Provincial