DON BOSCO DAY BY DAY
THE HARVEST IS GREAT (5)
These, my dear sons, are the factors which make a good evangelical worker. Would that they were to be put exactly into practice among us! Let us look about us. Are they practiced in our congregation? If l could truthfully say yes, how fortunate I would be, how truly proud! If the Salesians were really to live their faith as St. Francis of Sales understood it in his zeal, charity, and meekness, I could truly be proud, and there would be reason to hope for a vast amount of good to be done! In fact I might say that the world would come after us, and we would master it!
Another factor which I see as truly most important, something we must strive to acquire and ever retain, is brotherly love, that bond which holds religious societies and congregations together. I think I can call it the hinge on which all religious congregations turn. But what degree of brotherly love do we need? Our Savior tells us, “Love one another as I have loved you” (in 15:12). Holy Scripture repeats that we must have great love for one another, a love whereby the well-being of one is the well-being of all, the suffering of one, the suffering of all. We are to uphold each other, without criticizing the deeds of another confrere, without being even a little jealous of his position, his popularity and success. Do away with envy! The welfare of one must be the welfare of all, the sorrow of one, the sorrow of all. Is anyone being persecuted? We are all to feel persecuted, sympathizing with him. Is anyone sick? We are to feel downcast, as though we were sick. Then, in unity, let us promote good works, regardless of who offers the initiative. We know that not everyone possesses equal talent, knowledge or opportunities.
Hence, let a strong brotherly love reign among us so that what happened in the Church will also occur in our congregation. (BM XII, 463-464)
1. If only I lived out my vocation to the full.
2. Something I must strive to acquire and ever retain is brotherly love.
3. The welfare of one must be the welfare of all.