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The preparation and the celebration of the bicentenary ( of the birth of Don Bosco: 1815-2015) are an opportunity to take up again with the young, the lay people, the Salesian Family and the Salesian Movement the prayer to Don Bosco. I propose an updated rewording of the prayer “Father and Teacher of youth.” (From a message of the Rector Major, Pascual V. Chavez, Jan. 31, 2011)

Saint John Bosco,
Father and Teacher of youth,
docile to the gifts of the Spirit
and open to the reality of your times,
you were for the  young,
especially the little ones and the poor,
a sign of the love and the special care of God.

Be our guide as we walk
the path of friendship with the Lord Jesus,
so that we may discover in Him and in his Gospel
the meaning of our lives
and the source of true happiness.

Help us to respond with generosity
to the vocation we have received from God,
so that in daily life we may be
builders of communion,
and may collaborate with enthusiasm,
and in communion with the whole Church,
in creating a civilisation of love.

Obtain for us the grace of perseverance
in living a high standard of Christian life,
according to the spirit of the beatitudes;
and grant that, guided by Mary Help of Christians,
we may one day be with you
in the great family of heaven. Amen