At the end of AFW 6th Provincial Chapter we renew our entrustment to Mary Help of Christians. It is a continuation of entrustment which we did for the first time in 2013, renewed again in 2016.
In our deliberation on the topic of PC6 “What kind of Salesians for the youth of today” we cannot forget that one of the fundamental attributes of good Salesian is his aspect of Marian spirituality.
Like Don Bosco to be docile to the voice of the Holy Spirit under the guidance of Mary who is our Mother, Teacher and Guide. Entrustment to Mary is a sign of filial love for Her as well as necessity for our present time. We need Mother’s assistance, help and guidance.
God the Father by entrusting His Son Jesus to Mary left us an example to be followed. Throughout the history of the Church many people entrusted their lives to Jesus through Mother Mary. Mama Margaret the mother of John Bosco entrusted him to Mary after his birth. In the dream at the age of 9, Jesus introduce to little John Mother Mary as the best Teacher and Guide. Don Bosco after his ordination till the end of his life grew in intimate relationship with Mary Help Of Christians.
At the end of his life Don Bosco stated firmly concerning the role of Mary: “She has done everything”. Don Bosco through all his actions manifested to us that He was entirely for Jesus through Mary.
At the apparition at Fatima Mother Mary invited everybody to consecrate himself/herself to Her Immaculate Heart. Years later our Lord Jesus through Blessed Alexandrina da Costa asked the Church to do the act of entrustment of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Following this urgent request Pope Pius XII in October 11942 consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From that time onwards Popes followed his example: Paul VI entrusted the world to Mother Mary at the conclusion of Vatican Council II, John Paul II in 1982, 1983, 1984 (entrustment of the world and Russia), 2000, 2003(entrustment of young people); Benedict XVI in 2010 entrusted the world and the priest to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Pope Francis in 2013 and 2017.
Rector Major Don Vigano at the conclusion of GC21 encouraged all Salesians to promote and sustain devotion to Mary Help of Christians as a sure path for our Congregation to grow in fidelity and in the number of vocation.
Today we bless and dedicate this grotto to Mary Help of Christians. This physical structure of the grotto will remain for next generations to come an external sign of financial contribution of all AFW communities as well as entrustment to Mary Help of Christians. We commit ourselves to maternal care of Mother Mary because She is that humble handmaid for whom and through whom the Lord has done great things for Her, for the world, the Church and for the young people. Mother Mary we ask you to hide us under your mantle of purity, humility and love for Jesus and young people.
Fr. Krzysztof Nizniak SDB