1. Introduction to the course: contents and requirement; references to Salesian Spirituality in the Documents of GC26. 2. Defining Christian spirituality. 3. The spirituality of St Francis de Sales: a) brief biography of St Francis de Sales; b) main themes of the spirituality of St Francis de Sales. 4. The influence of the witness and spirituality St Francis de Sales on the life and spirituality of St John Bosco. 5. The spirituality of St John Bosco: a) principal sources and models of the spirituality of St John Bosco; b) St John Bosco’s biographies of Savio, Magone and Besucco as a special source of his spirituality for young people; c) the main themes of St John Bosco’s spirituality [as found in his letters and the Companion of Youth]: The Blessed Eucharist; Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary; The Sacrament of Reconciliation; Salesian piety.
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