(ANS – Rome) – The Rector Major’s strenna, as more than once Fr. Chavez has himself pointed out, is not merely a slogan.The commentary, a real action plan, drawing on the experience and the charism of Don Bosco, offers ideas and suggestions with which to face the challenges the current social and cultural contextpresent to the building of the Kingdom of God. Again this year there are some resources that introduce and accompany the strenna: an invitation to read and to reflect on the commentary.
In recent years theCongregation’s Communications Department, with the assistance of other valuable collaborators, has produced a variety of material to accompany the strenna and facilitate its reception andunderstanding. The various contributions in have been reproduced in various languages.
The first aid is a poster, which has now almost a ten-year history. Produced by DOSA TIC in the Spanish Province ofSeville, it was officially presented at the end of November and distributed in paper form as an appendix to ANSphoto for November. The poster is also available at sdb.org.
The video(http://www.infoans.org/22.asp?sez=1&sotSez=13&doc=5971&lingua=2&tipoCorrelato=1), by now a regular feature, is produced by the Missioni Don Bosco Media Center in Turin with the collaboration of other centers such as, forexample, Audiovisuales Don Bosco in Quito. The DVD, distributed in the houses of the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters, has a 24-minute video based on the commentary, which it summarizes.
The videoalso has two clips, available also separately, which present the fable “The caravan in the desert” and Madeleine Delbrêl’s prayer, “The dance of life,” both of which were made at the Academy ofPerforming Arts in Turin. “The dance of life” clip, is a real meditation, like the words of the prayer that inspired it. The images of the dance and of the teacher guiding the student are a help in...