Blessed John Paul IIThe 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.
Blessed John Paul IIHe 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.
Blessed John Paul IIHe continues to be our teacher in the present difficult times. (Juvenum Patris)
1. POTENTIALWhat ? 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.
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.”
2. RAPPORTWhat ? 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.
2. RAPPORTRapport is born out of a relationship. It is vital for any education to take place.
3. AVAILABILITYWhat ? 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
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.
4. IDENTITYWhat ? 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”.
4. IDENTITYYouth 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?
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.”
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.
6. ENVIRONMENTWhat ? 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
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.
7. CHEERFULNESSWhat ? JoyA 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.
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
8. LISTENINGWhat ? Empathizing through attentive presence. “The first and foremost task of any healer or therapist was to listen”. Karl Menninger-noted psychiatrist of Topeka, Texas
8. LISTENINGGod 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.
9. APPROACHABILITYWhat ? A welcoming stance. “We catch more flies with a teaspoon of honey than with a barrel of vinegar”. -St. Francis of Sales
9. APPROACHABILITYThe welcoming attitude with the proverbial smile is attractive and reveals a cheerful disposition.The shortest distance between two persons is a smile.
10. PRAYERWhat ? Communication with God. Just as food nourishes and preserves the body; so prayer nourishes and strengthens the soul.” -Don Bosco
10. PRAYERPrayer 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