The nature of a tree is known from its fruits. The number of saints belonging to the Salesian Family who sanctified their lives by following Don Bosco’s spirituality guarantees its validity.
We, the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco follow the Salesian Spirituality with a feminine slant shaped by the creative fidelity of our Co – Foundress St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello and of our first sisters of Mornese.
Don Bosco took the essence of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, and certain elements of Ignatian, Alphonsian and Teresian spiritualities and distilled them through his own personal charism under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and out came the Salesian spirituality. It is based on the Christian humanism of St. Francis de Sales who taught that sanctity is not the prerogative of only few chosen souls and it can be achieved by anyone who has the will to work for it. Don Bosco proved it by leading boys from the street to sainthood. Dominic Savio the teenage saint was a pupil of Don Bosco. Similarly, Bl. Laura Vicuna’ was a boarder with our sisters in Argentina. Don Bosco made his own the motto of St. Francis de Sales: “Give me souls, take away the rest”.
Salesian spirituality is a spirituality of pastoral charity inspired by the compassionate love of Christ the Good Shepherd. It is Sacramental, Marian, rooted in the Word of God, joyful, optimistic and youthful. Daily life is the place of encounter with the Lord. A great love for the Pope and the Church, and concern and self – forgetting love for others are other outstanding characteristics.
The Preventive System
“The Preventive System is the hall mark of our vocation in the Church and our specific spirituality and method of apostolic action” (FMA Constitutions.art.7). “The Preventive System is formulated as reason, religion and loving kindness, principles that indicate a harmonious vision of the person gifted with reason, affectivity, will and openness to the transcendent… The Preventive System as an original synthesis of education and evangelization, directs the young people towards becoming “good Christians and honest citizens”. This goal is sought within a community where all participate, though with different roles and areas of competence, in a journey of holiness marked by joy, sharing and everyday effort, and nourished by the Eucharist and by trust in Mary our Help”. (Guidelines for the Educational Mission of the FMA: para32).