Relevance Of The Preventive System Today
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  • 2. Blessed John Paul IIThe figure of Don Bosco, the friend of youth, continues to exert a fascinating attraction for young people of the most widely differing cultures under heaven.He is relevant to the present day.
  • 3. Blessed John Paul IIHe teaches us to integrate the permanent values of tradition with „new solutions‟ so as to meet in a creative fashion the newly emerging requests & problems.
  • 4. Blessed John Paul IIHe continues to be our teacher in the present difficult times. (Juvenum Patris)
  • 5. 1. POTENTIALWhat ? To create opportunities to discover the inherent gifts and talents afforded the youth.The Preventive System enables the continual discovery of talent and helps to cultivate it.
  • 6. Don Bosco“Let the young have full liberty to do the things that are pleasing to them. The secret is to discover their potential and their abilities. Then – seek to develop them. Each one does with pleasure only what he knows he can accomplish. I follow this principle.”
  • 7. 2. RAPPORTWhat ? It is the way you relate to the students. It is the foundation for an expectation that positive enhancing results will follow from an interaction.
  • 8. 2. RAPPORTRapport is born out of a relationship. It is vital for any education to take place.
  • 9. 3. AVAILABILITYWhat ? It is to be readily and fully present.“Teenagers would get into less trouble if adults spend more time with them. I don’t believe guns, drugs or violence is the problem, I believe that kids are being neglected.” Director of Youth Program
  • 10. Fr. Flanagan“There is no such thing as a bad boy.”Availability comes in many forms: - a written message - a kind word - a welcoming smile - an affirming presence…etc.
  • 11. 4. IDENTITYWhat ? A sense of self-worth.First cry of youth: SELF-HATRED“Feeling of worthlessness often make people turn in to themselves. Then the cry becomes a mixture of worthlessness, self-hatred and loneliness”.
  • 12. 4. IDENTITYYouth have often linked their self-worth to performance in their future ability to secure wealth, power and prestige. What do you want to be when you grow up? rather than What kind of a person do you want to be when you grow up?
  • 13. 5. SECURE NURTURING EXPERIENCES What ? Constantly provide diverse activities that will enhance God, self and others. Among cries of youth:  “We need things to do, places to visit, people to be with. Give us healthy experiences so that we will stay away from drugs, sex and violence.”
  • 14. DON BOSCO“An idle mind is the devil‟s workshop” The youth need to be afforded activities that move beyond self-centered entertainment and help them to effectively serve others.
  • 15. 6. ENVIRONMENTWhat ? The surroundings that are perceived by the senses, the intellect and the heart.“ Every education teaches a philosophy, if not by dogma, then by suggestion, by implication, by the atmosphere . Every part of that education has a connection with every other part. If it all does not combine to convey some general view of life – it is not education at all.” G.K. Chesterton
  • 16. 6. ENVIRONMENTDon Bosco exemplified themeaning of the Preventive Systemespecially through the environmenthe created: Not a cold and rigid appearance But a warm and inviting one.
  • 17. 7. CHEERFULNESSWhat ? JoyA basic element in the Salesian way of education in the growth process of the young consists in the great emphasis on cultivating a sense of happiness and joy in whatever one is doing.
  • 18. 7. CHEERFULNESS “Here at the oratory, we make holiness consists in always being cheerful – happy.” -St. Dominic Savio “Run, jump make noise, but do not sin” -Don Bosco “Serve the Lord in gladness”. -Psalm
  • 19. 8. LISTENINGWhat ? Empathizing through attentive presence. “The first and foremost task of any healer or therapist was to listen”. Karl Menninger-noted psychiatrist of Topeka, Texas
  • 20. 8. LISTENINGGod gave us two ears so that we listen twice as much as we talk. Everyone wants to be heard – it is a sign of being loved.
  • 21. 9. APPROACHABILITYWhat ? A welcoming stance. “We catch more flies with a teaspoon of honey than with a barrel of vinegar”. -St. Francis of Sales
  • 22. 9. APPROACHABILITYThe welcoming attitude with the proverbial smile is attractive and reveals a cheerful disposition.The shortest distance between two persons is a smile.
  • 23. 10. PRAYERWhat ? Communication with God. Just as food nourishes and preserves the body; so prayer nourishes and strengthens the soul.” -Don Bosco
  • 24. 10. PRAYERPrayer life so much emphasized by Don Bosco focused on the (3) three following devotions: • Confession Sacramental • Holy Communion • Mary Help of Marian Devotion Christians Love and • To the Pope Allegiance
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  • 27. Fr. Larry Tan, SDB