A Salesian Way of Life by David O’Malley
A Salesian Way of Life
by David O’Malley
This text is offered to all who find themselves at home with Salesian spirituality, whatever their Church or faith background. While in some ways it is similar to the rule of life to which many vowed Salesians commit themselves, the Salesian Way of Life will find a home with so many more people. Whether single or married, in family life or at work, alone or with others, this way of life provokes deeper spiritual reflection on experience. St Francis de Sales, the patron of all Salesian spirituality, believed that the awareness of the mystery of God could be a continuous source of strength and meaning in all the events of a person s life. Such awareness leads to greater resilience and balance in life. Those of us who struggle with the busyness of life will find in Salesian spirituality an inner strength awakened through the ordinary events of life. This way of Don Bosco is therefore an invitation to explore your own spiritual depths, not in the reflections of deep theology but in the daily routines and thought patterns of each day. It is offered to you as part of our celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco. He made this spirituality available to those who worked with the young but it applies to all relationships and to individuals. The spirituality you find described here is outgoing, optimistic, gentle and ordinary. May it strengthen your resilience and increase your commitment to build a better world.