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St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Father Louis Brisson (1817—1908) soon beatified
Sister Leonie Frances de Sales Aviat (1844 –1914)
Birth of the Congregation in France
Spreading from France to South Africa
What does our History mean to us Today?
   
What does our History mean to us Today?
text-what-does-it-meanIt is more than 125 years since our first Oblate missionnaries have arrived to plant the seed of faith here in this remote part of the world. We, the twenty-first century indigenous missionaries look back proudly and gratefully to what has been done by our pioneers. It is for us an essential responsibility to bear fruit in what we have inherited from them and to learn from their brave example.

We are convinced that Salesian Spirituality is still modern in our time. “All that we do must be done to unite us with God and through prayer and good example, we should assist the Holy Church to promote the salvation of souls” (St. Francis de Sales, Spiritual Directory for Daily Actions, article 1). The practice of this guideline leads everybody to holiness and Francis de Sales anticipates “Lumen Gentium’s” (article 5, Paul VI, 21st November 1964, ) universal call to holiness. It gently shows the way to live in the Spirit of the Gospel, to “become less and let Christ become more”.

what-does-it-mean1To live the Salesian spirituality and to spread it in our modern Southern African world is still a challenge! Therefore we should always go back to the “well” which quenched them in the rude missionary life. Their example inspires us how to be cheerful and to be willing to sacrifice in order to be convincing followers of Jesus.