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SPACE FOR THE POOR
By FRANCIS BOSCO
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Chennai, Aug. 23. It is not important to work for the poor, rather we should make sure that the poor enter our campuses, and become the main beneficiaries of all our works. To reach out to the poor is the mission of a Salesian. When Don Bosco began his work for the poor he went in search of them; he didn`t work inside the campus expecting them to come to him. Like Jesus, he went in search of the lost sheep. It is also true that when we are with the poor and work for the poor we indeed are working with the kingdom of God: ``Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven``. Allow the poor to become the center of our activities.

It is not important to work for the poor, rather we should make sure that the poor enter our campuses, and become the main beneficiaries of all our works. To reach out to the poor is the mission of a Salesian. When Don Bosco began his work for the poor he went in search of them; he didn`t work inside the campus expecting them to come to him. Like Jesus, he went in search of the lost sheep. It is also true that when we are with the poor and work for the poor we indeed are working with the kingdom of God: ``Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven``. Allow the poor to become the center of our activities.

Many of us proclaim that we are only for the poor, but they don`t seem to be enjoying the privileges that are prepared for them. Many of our institutions face the crisis of `absence of space for the poor``. Much of our energies are spent only in administering the activities inside the campus. Not only our social ministry centres have the duty of seeking and finding the poor but also our parishes, schools, ITI`s, youth centres need to have this concern. Only then would we be faithful to Don Bosco and his charism.

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