|The Regional's Blog|
| Update on Sanctity in the Salesian Family As on 31st December 2012
There are 9 saints, among whom we have three Salesians (two of whom are martyrs), one FMA, one pupil and four friends of Don Bosco. In the chronological order of their canonization they are:
There are 116 Blesseds in our Family. Among these we find 5 Salesian priests, one Brother, 2 Students, 4 Salesian Sisters, one Pope and two Cooperators. There are 101 martyrs who are Salesians, Sisters, Laypersons both adult and young.
In the chronological order of their beatification, they are:
We have 10 people who have been declared venerable. This means that the work of proving the heroic degree of their holiness is over and the Decree super virtutibus has been issued. We need only a miracle to proceed to their beatification. Most of them seem to be in no hurry, naturally, for working a miracle! It does not really matter to them. But to us, yes! Four of these are priests, one brother, two sisters, one bishop, and two lay people.
In the chronological order of the Decree on their exceptional virtues:
On 8 of these, the so called Positio (?Positio super vita, virtutibus et fama sanctitatis? o ?super martyrio?) has been submitted. That is, the bulk of the paper work is over. It is a scientifically studied report of the life and the virtues of the servant of God, done under the guidance of the postulators and officials from the Vatican Congregation for the Saints. Various commissions in the Congregation for the Saints, made up of historians, theologians and cardinals are studying them.
Here is a list of those for whom the Positio has been submitted, with the dates, including two from India.
Stefano S?ndor, Salesian Brother, martyr (Hungary), 27 April 2011. Just today (15th Jan) we heard that the cause has been accepted by the commissions. God willing, we will soon have another Salesian Brother, beatified as martyr.
We need to value this precious patrimony of Holiness, and not reduce it to a liturgical memory. The saints are real incarnations of the Gospel in various contexts and times. These holy and extraordinary people can be highly educative, inspiring to the young and people of today and hence should be made known.
The same holiness of God is incarnated in people from various walks of life. We have popes, bishops, priests, sisters, boys, girls, youth, martyrs, confessors, missionaries, cooperators, lay consecrated people or married, seminary professors, princes, slaves, superiors, ordinary religious, brothers, Europeans and natives, hailing from good or broken families, mystics and confessors. They work in all sorts of ministries, from leper colonies to frontier missions, from high offices of authorities to humble household jobs.
It is good to pray to the Blesseds and Venerables. They need a miracle, and our fervent prayers can tempt them to intercede for us and obtain a miracle!
From India we have four causes which are progressing well ? 2 bishops and 2 priests, all of them Italian missionaries in the East or the North East of India. It is time to take up the cause of holy Indian Salesians from other parts of the country.
Working for a cause of beatification is not merely an academically arduous work. It is the recognition of the glory of God among our own brothers and sisters. They become our models and intercessors. Hence it is a labour of love for them, for ourselves and for the future generations.
Every saint reminds us of the ?Gospel of Joy? and the ?Pedagogy of Goodness? that the Rector Major speaks of in this year?s strenna. ?Beatification? and ?blessed? are words that indicate that these saints have achieved the height of ?happiness, or joy or bliss?, because they already lived on this earth the Joy that comes from the Good News! Saints were blissful people because they knew that God loved them. This strong realization made them Good, and enthusiastic in passing on this goodness to others. That is why, to bear witness to the Gospel of Joy and practice the Pedagogy of Goodness, we need to be Saints. There is no other way!