Saints We Are

By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB

When we talk about “saints,” we immediately think of the “canonized ones” – those proclaimed by the Church as blessed because they have lived extraordinary lives beyond that of an average Christian. Here we note that the Church does not make or create saints, but rather recognizes their virtues and present them to the faithful as role models in the practice of the faith.

The first saint I have known is San Antonio of Padua. My mom entrusted me to his care in my childhood. She even added it as my baptismal name. He was known for his persuasive preaching and impressive miracles borne out of his deep faith in God. The saint who inspired me most is St. John Bosco. Having read his life as a boy, his personality captivated me because he was such a talented individual both in nature and in grace. But my favorite saint is John Paul II because he inspired me to be a priest. Most of all, he is the only saint I have seen in my life.

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Making A Difference

Missionary Expedition of 22 Salesians

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The month of September is marked by significant missionary events. The most
important of them is the missionary expedition of 22 Salesians to Mongolia, Pakistan,
Papua New Guinea, Siberia, Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Ecuador,
Antilles, D. R. of Congo and the new foundation in Malaysia. There are 3 missionaries
from Europe, 2 from America, 4 from Africa and 13 from Asia. They will receive a
formation in Rome and in places of Salesian importance. They will be sent out, together
with the FMA missionaries, on September 24, from the Basilica of Mary Help of
Christians. This month we also begin a three-month-long on-going course of formation on
Mission ministry. 20 Salesians (5 missionaries from Africa, 14 from America and 1 from Asia)
will start a pilgrimage to Salesian sites on 17 September. Then, along with other
participants, they will continue at the UPS, Rome. They will fresh on up their missionology,
spirituality and salesianity. The programme culminates with a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
All these confreres of ours, the very young and the very experienced, will offer the Congregation
and the Church a renewed and intelligent missionary enthusiasm. They will learn to bring
Christ to confront the new challenges of the world and of today’s youth. Let us pray for these Salesians
and also for all of us, so that we may bring the fire of the Holy Spirit wherever the Lord desires to.

Out of the 22 missionaries, we have two coming from the two provinces of the Philippines:
(FIN): Fr. Ramon Borja, SDB to Malaysia
(FIS): Fr. Eugene Maglasang, SDB to Pakistan

May there be more Salesians willing to be missionaries outside their own countries.

CAGLIERO 11, N. 105 – September 2017
The Newsletter for Salesian Missionary Animation