Listening to the young with Mary
Rome (Italy). In preparation for the solemnity of the Immaculate, the Salesian Family Sector shares the proposal for the novena in the steps of the synod journey.
The Working Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Bishops Synod on the Young is the occasion and the basis for the proposal for the Novena of the Immaculate. Some ‘key words’ of the document will accompany the preparation for the Solemnity of the Tota Pulchra, perfect model of Holiness described in the Letter to the Ephesians: “Holy and immaculate in love” and a magnificent work of the Holy Spirit.
The ‘key words’ help us to reflect on the ‘pastoral conversion’, the imperative indicated by Pope Francis to the whole Church and taken up again many times in the Acts of GC XXIII as the horizon that calls us to assume a new commitment in the educational mission (n. 7 and 29).
Devotion to the Immaculate deeply marked the life and the impassioned apostolic mandate of Don Bosco and of Mother Mazzarello: a strong impulse to live more coherently the Da mihi animas, coetera tolle.
Each day, the Novena considers an aspect of the Working Document of the Synod of the Young. The text, gathering the reflections of the young people who participated in the pre-synod journey, is a precious call to look at their real needs, to leave our securities, and pastoral and educational habits to go to meet them where they can really be found.
The structure of the novena:
- a theme from the Working Document;
- a verse from the Letter to the Ephesians;
- a brief commentary, which highlights the points of contact between the questions of young people and the way in which God acts in history, especially in the personal history of Mary;
- a request for grace, to be addressed to Mary during the day;
- some questions for an examination of conscience, which helps to compare life with the demands of young people and with Mary's experience.
Living the Novena with reflection, confrontation, and prayer opens the heart to welcome with renewed commitment the road to take indicated by the Synod.