Salesian Bulletin

Editorial - The things that divide

Editorial from the Australian Salesian Bulletin, Summer 2018 issue

By Fr Frank Freeman, Editor

The Synod is an opportunity to talk about young people and with young people, but the Church also has a lot to learn from them.

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Let all children live in happiness


Message from the Provincial

By Fr William Mathews SDB

Dear Readers of the Salesian Bulletin,
Christmas is a time of pure wonder; a time of expectation of something good to come, and of something new and precious to be received. It is a time for the innocent of heart to enjoy gifts and to celebrate in the happiness that comes with such blessings.

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Listening Between the Lines”

Customer Rage

It is not enough to understand someone; they must know that they have been understood

By Michael Gartland

Recently, it feels like I’ve heard a lot of talk about listening. Naturally, through Salesian circles this has come through this year’s strenna “Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment”, and it seems like everyone is preparing for this grand event of listening by the Church via the upcoming synod on youth. Whenever Malcom Turnbull and Bill Shorten attempt to do anything, it’s because they’ve “heard” the electorate; Donald Trump’s success is due to how he “listened to the real America” when no one else would, and Mark Zuckerberg “hears” our privacy concerns – safe to say I don’t quite recall speaking to any of them!

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So That's What You Think


Editorial for Spring, 2018.

By Fr. Frank Freeman, SDB

Many people attempt to settle differences of opinion by force. They are angered by those who hold ideas that contradict their own, yet no person, no political, economic or religious faith is the repository of all the truth. Every thoughtful and long-held belief has something to contribute to the sum total of human knowledge. Great wisdom is often to be found in the most unlikely places.

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On Time


By Michael Gartland

Today, we live in a world where everyone seems to be hard pressed for time. There’s not enough of it in the day and what’s worse, it just flies past and there’s absolutely nothing we can do to stop that. As such, there is a growing proliferation of solutions that will allow us to attain health and happiness with minimal effort spent and, most importantly, minimal time consumed. Some of course, are mere fads, someone looking to go viral or to make a quick buck, whilst others are a bit more universal, carrying some weight and depth. Recently I was a part of an intensive, three-week youth program which reminded me of a common methodology for increasing health and happiness - the directive to be more open to the inner-child, to be more childlike.

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The Guidance of Twins!”


Walking towards the synod of youth hand in hand with Trust and Hope.

Salesian Bulletin Editorial by Fr. Frank Freeman, SDB

It was a moonless clouded night as I walked with a father and his little daughter from a well-lit rural hall to our accommodation. As the darkness closed in around us I whispered to the little girl, “Are you afraid of the dark?” “Oh No!” came her reply, “I’ll get ther . I am holding Daddy’s hand.” She then reached out and took my hand.

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I have a future

“I have a future. Nothing is lost. I am here, and I have a future.”

Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernàndez Artime SDB

It is most certain that Don Bosco is alive today, alive in so many different realities where thousands and thousands of people carry his dream forward in the name of Jesus. And he is still alive because he continues to be their inspiration.

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