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'A Tryst With Destiny' with the Relic of Don Bosco at Mumbai

By Brian Moras sdb
Mumbai, Aug. 16. Don Bosco being the Father and Teacher of Youth, it was but fitting to have a special moment of prayer organized for the youth of Mumbai around the Relic of this Saint at the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Matunga. Accordingly, on August 15 - a day on which we celebrate the feast of the Assumption and India's Independence Day - a 'youth gathering' was organized in the evening by the Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga.
The Gospel Band 'Open Secret' set the tone for this encounter with their inspiring music.  Welcoming the gathering, Fr. Brian Moras asked the youngsters to make this event a spiritual encounter with the great 'lover of youth' who had come to meet them. He further pointed out to the young people, that this occasion should be for them an opportunity to grow in faith in the living Lord.  This was followed by an inspiring video presentation on 'Don Bosco the Dreamer' and the 'World Youth Day'.

Next, Fr. Glenford Lowe, who has recently donated a kidney to Fr. Lloyd Rodrigues, shared his experience with the youth.  He exhorted them to go beyond asking themselves, ''What is the right thing to do, to what is the loving thing to do?'' ''The best way of living, is loving,'' he said.  A young Salesian from Mumbai, Bro. Lytton Quadros, who is a missionary in Hungary, spoke on his calling to be a missionary. He dwelt on the work of the Salesians in Hungary and the different challenges they faced there. He asked the youngsters to reflect on what God would want them to do with their lives and how they could reach out to others in need.

Through prayerful action songs, the youngsters prayed before the Relic of Don Bosco.  They also made a commitment to reach out to their neighbour in a meaningful way.

During these past three days, a Youth and Vocation Stall had also been set up at the venue of the veneration, to give information on Youth and Vocation Programmes organized by the Youth Services.  Many youngsters have been visiting this stall, and have given their names to participate in the upcoming youth events.  The Salesian Sisters too joined in to make girls aware of their life's calling. A happy realization that we have had at this stall, is that people love Don Bosco, and many youngsters want to be a part of the initiatives taken by the Don Bosco Youth Services.
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