The World Needs a New Don Bosco

It’s one of those gorgeous September afternoons when Minnesota seems like a slice of paradise, rather than a stage of Purgatory. I’m sitting on a park bench watching small boys (my own three, plus a few they just met on the playground) pretend to kill one another. It’s truly a beautiful sight.

“I shall slay you, you dog!” shouts one, from his fortress behind the slide.

“Do your worst, bad guy!” his rival retorts, dashing recklessly into the open as he fires at his rival with a stick. “My army will never fail me!”

Their eyes are shining. Their faces are flushed. For a moment, I feel a surge of hope. Maybe Western civilization isn’t on the verge of collapse, after all.

Then again, it might be. Periodically I read about another incident in which a boy runs afoul of school authorities by playing soldier on the playground. Remember this one, in which a second grader was suspended for throwing a pretend grenade as part of a war game he was playing with his schoolmates? Or this more recent one, in which a school considered expelling a first-grader for having a toy gun in his backpack (even though he voluntarily turned it in)?

I’m not sure public school is even a viable option for my little manlings (the eldest of which will reach kindergarten-age this next fall). After several carefree years of slaying dragons and shooting evil aliens with their brothers in the backyard, they’d probably be featured on “America’s Most Wanted Minors” within the week.

Forgive the womanly outburst, but it all really makes me want to cry. What could be more wholesome than boys playing “soldier”? War games are a wonderful way for boys to channel their abundant energy. And, they are healthy, because in soldier games they project themselves into the role of valiant warriors and protectors of the good. I find my sons’ soldier obsession highly useful as a spur to good behavior. Good soldiers, I advise them, keep their feet and do not whine when a grocery-shopping trip takes longer than expected. They never steal, lie, or sass authority figures. They are always courteous towards girls and babies.

If boys aren’t permitted to play such games, their suppressed masculinity is liable to manifest itself over the longer term in less healthy ways. Show me a society that discourages soldier games, and I’ll show you a society that has a major problem with unruly, aimless, undisciplined young males.

And indeed, these are challenging times for the young and male. Young men are struggling to make their way in the world today, particularly if they lack education or marketable skills. The problem starts early; schools have noted that boys are particularly likely to fall behind in their studies. Some writers have suggested that our educational practices may be focused on girls’ strengths and learning styles, disadvantaging boys.

Even progressive liberals are noticing the trends. In a recent article in the New York Times, Stephanie Coontz (despite her obvious feminist assumptions and sympathies) notes that men have been genuinely disadvantaged by a changing economy and labor market. She also finds that men who have difficulty establishing themselves professionally find it difficult to start a family and attain social respectability. As recently mentioned in this article from Slate, women greatly prefer husbands with steady jobs.

Educated women often fret about “having it all”, and one could plausibly argue that educated, successful men have an easier time with this. But for men, success is often an all-or-nothing proposition. Those who don’t get all, get nothing.

Part of the problem is economic. But it would be a mistake to think that this is simply a question of the number of jobs available in the workforce today. In order to make one’s way in the modern labor force, it’s often necessary to have strong interpersonal skills, and the kind of flexibility and cultural savvy that enables one to navigate the tortuous ins and outs of Human Resources Departments, and endless terrifying Performance Reviews. In some societies, an honest, able-bodied man could simply go down to the docks and sign onto a crew. Or he could work on the railroad, or in the mines. If he did his work well and honestly, he would likely be able to secure a longer-term employability. Nowadays, it’s much harder for decent-but-simple people to grasp the labyrinthine nature of the labor market, and honest men don’t always thrive in office jobs or at concierge desks.

Part of the problem, though, lies in social failures. Our society is doing a very poor job of converting boys into responsible men.

Civilizing boys has traditionally been one of the major tasks of human society. As becomes clear in my sons’ soldier games, boys have a deep yearning for purposeful, honorable activity. They want to give themselves over to something good and meaningful. But they need help to fulfill that desire, because it takes considerable discipline to steer clear of the many dead ends and vices that threaten to derail those efforts. Our own society is perhaps as distraction-laden as any in human history, so our boys are especially in need of strong guidance and loving discipline.

Both mothers and fathers play a critical (but distinct) role in this process, and marriage is also critically important for inspiring young men to embrace prudent, productive life habits. Most of today’s struggling men did have mothers in their lives. But relatively few had fathers. And increasingly, they don’t have wives either.

An unhealthy dynamic starts to form. Unmarried and underemployed young men tend to get themselves into trouble. In virtually every society, they are responsible for the substantial majority of violent crime, and that’s not the only kind of havoc they can wreak. Society thus comes to view them as troublemakers and ne’er-do-wells. Feeling rejected and hopeless, these men turn into an embittered, self-pitying, often misogynistic underclass. Should they father children, they will likely perpetuate the cycle, allowing another generation of young men to grow up without discipline, without appropriate guidance, and with very little chance of living a happy or productive life. Regrettably, this kind of cultural decay is already in a fairly advanced state in the United States.

Is there any constructive way to address this problem? Modern Westerners have a hard time making sense of wayward young men, in part because they illustrate with particular force the folly of dividing ”the underprivileged” into victims and perpetrators. If you were to take a random cross-sampling of say, 100 incarcerated men between the ages of 20 and 25, you would find that most of them had been ill-used in various ways. Certainly, most would have been deprived of important sources of moral formation and support, which growing boys desperately need. At the same time, their sins are real, and allowing struggling men to view themselves as a victim class is one of the most reliable ways of ensuring that they never mature. They need love and sympathy, but they also need accountability and discipline. Supplying both simultaneously is difficult, and requires both real love, and clear-sighted understanding of the character of the person being helped.

What we need at this juncture is a new St. John Bosco. We need someone who can love boys in all their boyishness, training them in virtue and urging them to honorable manhood.

Don Bosco was no stranger to neglected young men. His ministry focused on the legions of street urchins that filled the streets of newly industrialized, mid-nineteenth-century Turin. Like neglected boys everywhere, these young men tended to make trouble, and were widely regarded as a scourge on the town. Don Bosco was able to see something else in them. He taught them the faith, urged them to embrace honest work, and helped them to discern how their talents might best be applied to useful trades. He loved them in a way that drew out their latent desire to honor God and serve their fellow men. By the time of his death in 1888, his Salesian Society had 250 houses around the world, housing 130,000 orphans and turning out 18,000 finished apprentices annually.

Reflecting on a saint like Don Bosco, we begin to realize that the question of what our boys need really isn’t so mysterious. Boys need what they’ve always needed: love, discipline, sound instruction, and meaningful employment for their abundant energy. They need mothers and (eventually) wives who will make “house” into “home,” and teach them civility. They need fathers and other men who can urge them to train their passions, control their baser instincts, and apply themselves to honorable work. Nothing about our modern situation has changed the fundamental process by which a boy becomes a man.

The problem is (as Our Lord once said to his Apostles) that the harvest is plentiful and the laborers few. We need more people who see boys as a gift, and who are willing to work zealously to unlock their potential for good. We must pray for a new Don Bosco, and for others willing to help with this important effort.

Rachel Lu

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Rachel Lu, a Catholic convert, teaches philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where she lives with her husband and four boys. Dr. Lu earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Cornell University. Follow her on Twitter at rclu.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    We should never overlook the importance of good rôle-models and the part they have played in the formation even of great saints.

    In his charming biography of his friend St Anthony of Egypt (who could neither read nor write), St Athanasius tells us how, as a young man, whenever he heard of a Christian in his neighbourhood (this was in the time of Roman persecution, before the Peace of the Church under Constantine), St Anthony would make a point of visiting him, “marking down, in his own thoughts, the special attainment of each in zeal and ascetic life—the refined manners of one, another’s continuance in prayer, the meekness of a third, the kindness of a fourth, the long vigils of a fifth, the studiousness of a sixth. This one had a marvellous gift of endurance, that of fasting and sleeping on the ground; this was gentle, that long-suffering; and in one and all he noted the devotion towards Christ, and love one towards another.” Nor did he lack the teaching of Holy Scripture, for “he let no part of the Scripture fall from him to the ground, but retained all, memory serving in place of book”

    Think how much easier St Anthony’s search for good examples of Christian living would have been today.

  • Sharon

    Or someone like Father Flanigan and Boy’s Town. Boy’s Town is still active in Omaha and various cities around the country.

  • lifeknight

    “I’m not sure public school is even a viable option for my little manlings.”

    Seriously, YOUR next vocational chapter is swiftly approaching! The good news is that there are many programs to assist your new job of educating the home! As I complete the 24th year of homeschooling, I revel in the knowledge I have gained……along with that of the children.

    Unless you want them indoctrinated into the morally bankrupt society we now endure, you have no choice! Take heart! It is a noble task requiring the army of Mom and Dad!

    • BillinJax

      Especially today as there are fewer and fewer “Catholic” primary schools available with increasingly higher tuition which have capitulated to bartering with Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum in order to gain a few free technology tools for the classroom.

    • Rachel Lu

      Homeschooling wouldn’t be ideal for our family situation for various reasons, but I regard it as an option that needs to be left on the table. I don’t doubt that it’s rewarding in all sorts of ways, and I think I’d be especially open to homeschooling high school, but we’ll have to see.

      Our parish school has a reputation for a strong Catholic character, and also for being very boy-friendly. I’m inclined to believe this because it reflects the tenor of the parish too, and because I know both the pastor and the school principal, and they both seem to have very sound ideas about children’s education. They’ve done what all Catholics schools ought to do: regularly increased enrollment by assuring parents they will be nothing at all like the public schools.

      Also, I happened to be in the area one day last winter, and was tickled to see that they had allowed the boys, for their recess period, to climb and wrestle on the giant snow mountain in the parking lot! We would have been suspended just like that if we’d tried such antics in my public school growing up. It was heartening.

      But, every school and indeed every educational plan has its pros and cons. I think, in these uncertain times, that it’s generally a mistake to be too dead-set on a particular course before you’ve seen how it plays out for your child and your family.

      • lifeknight

        Every family is unique and people parent differently even in the small homeschool circles. You will know if it is your calling. Listen to the children and be involved. Sometimes it can be ideas they learn from the other children as much as the catechesis (or lack of it.) Either way, you would be wonderful at it. God bless.

        • Rachel Lu

          Thank you! I certainly appreciate the many excellent reasons why people homeschool. And, I feel very fortunate that our family situation is such that it really should be possible to leave the option open even if we don’t do it for all our children, all the way through. So, for example, if I ever find myself sitting across a desk from a school counselor pressing me to drug one of my boys into seven hours of peaceful rule-compliance, it’s good to know that I can always say, “OK, let’s just try a year at home and then maybe see where we stand.”

          I’d also really love to have a few years with each kid to take them in a disciplined way through many of the subjects that I would love for them to learn and honestly would love to teach. I certainly have ideas about how I would set up a curriculum for a teenager. Teaching undergraduates really gives you a desire to do that. You think, “Gosh, it’s awful how nobody seems to have bothered to teach these kids much of anything that matters. I guess I don’t have time in one course to fill too many of those gaps. But, I could at least address that problem for *my own* kids.”

          But, a few things. My husband and I, both being converts, have always felt like we lost something in not having that organic connection to parish life and Catholic community. And it’s honestly challenging for us even to transmit it to our kids, since we don’t feel it ourselves. Seeing what a vibrant, joyfully Catholic school our parish seems to have, it’s certainly attractive to us to think that our kids might have that Catholic community experience in a way that we didn’t. Of course we could homeschool them and still let them be altar boys and whatnot, but, the school does seem to be the primary thing going for kids. Even just a few years might be a good thing.

          Also, I’m a pretty “free-rangey” parent, and while I think I *could* firm up our schedule and focus more on coordinating child education and enrichment… I think I’d probably have to scale back quite a bit on my own teaching and writing. Especially if we have more kids and I’m juggling baby care and elementary education for the older ones. That’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s a thing to consider. Especially because a lot of our homeschooling friends cite financial gains as a major reason to choose homeschool over the parish school. For us it’s not clear it would be a net plus on that end.

          Thus, my current preference is probably some years in the parish school, followed by some homeschooled years. By the time they reach high school we shouldn’t have babies anymore and I’d be better able to focus on the higher-level curriculum that excites me more. But again, we shall see. Many things can change.

  • Beth

    Raising my boys to men is a joy that I cannot describe. And I must add that they have had a great impact on raising ME to be a better wife and mother.

    In reading your columns, Rachael, I’ve just assumed you are homeschooling your children. I wish you the best in your decision. In my own experience, my oldest three were educated both private, public and parochial. By the time #4 was in fourth grade, I could no longer take the demands of the school, the inappropriate curriculum, the ridiculous amount of extracurricular activities thrust upon younger and younger children, and so much more. I had hit my breaking point of trying to make the Catholic school work. We pulled the youngest three and I’ve been homeschooling the youngest five for six years and have never looked back.

    You are right in that the schools are girl-friendly and anti-boy, they are also swamps of group-think. Don’t go there.

    • Don

      I agree. My boys are now out of college and are good, gainfully-employed men. Public school in my part of the country is really pretty good but I felt like my boys were being constantly hit with propaganda explaining that being a male was a bad thing. My daughter certainly had an easier time of things.

  • BillinJax

    We raised our three boys in the 60’s and 70’s and I could not agree more with your analysis. I feel certain it is more difficult for parents today.

  • publiusnj

    I had 19 years of Catholic education and heartily recommend it. Unfortunately, our “society” is really run by the minions of our Government. They have one overarching goal: the preservation of their power. Catholic schools are an impingement on that power and the public school authorities and unions and their allies in the rest of Government, with the help of residual anti-Catholicism, are crushing it out of existence. Back in 1960, 10% of American students (some 5 Million) were being educated in Catholic schools, now it is more like 3%. “Leviathan grinds exceedingly slow, but exceeding fine….” So, Catholic schools may not be able to solve the problem.

    That leaves the question: why is “Society” (that is the State) ruining the “manlings”? I think the answer is that those who control Government value the people it rules over only to the extent they are votes or potential votes. Since there are more females than males and most women are looking for more out of Government (women birth the children and can’t just walk away from them as men who are not married to them can), those who control Government have designed a pitch that works for women: “we’ll give you better aid than our opponents, so that you can free yourself of the need to chase after that man who impregnated you and if we do catch up with him, we’ll make him support you. If he is living with you, though, you will not qualify for most of these benefits.”

    That is just an application of the oldest rule of imperial control: “divide and conquer.” If the State can get women to distrust men, they become easier prey for a “Daddy Government will take care of you and yours” message and that destroys the likelihood that manlings will have positive male images to emulate. As a result few of the children of single parents are going to grow up to take on the roles that used to define men and women in what used to be our Civil Society .So, instead of the 7% illegitimacy rate that concerned D.P. Moynihan back in the 1960s, we now have a 42% illegitimacy rate…if we are still allowed to call it that.

    • DE-173

      “I had 19 years of Catholic education and heartily recommend it.”

      Something tells me that today’s product isn’t quite what was offered then.

  • Louise Riccobene

    It depends on your school district, but don’t not count public school out just because it is “public”. Our local Catholic schools are expensive and frankly, not academically challenging enough. My 3 oldest received a very good education in public school. I was able to opt out of any “family” education programs I was uncomfortable with and no one made us feel weird about it. There are issues in the high schools that you will NOT find in Catholic schools but it taught my kids what they will encounter in the world and how to operate within it. My youngest is in kindergarten and we’re starting over but so far, so good. Don’t be afraid to engage the school with confidence and respect if you don’t like something. So often the teachers, administrators, school nurses feel the same way you do and are willing to work something out. The reason the stories linked to above make it into the news is because they are not the norm.

    • Rob B.

      This is sound advice. One should not simply homeschool or send kids to a charter or private school under the assumption that they are naturally better than the public schools (I say this as a teacher at a charter school). Visit classes, talk to teachers and students, examine the curriculum. School choice requires an informed choice.

  • Senior lady

    And the workplace can also be demeaning to men. I’ve seen so called diversity classes where they were put down if they showed the slightest inclination to not towing the line towards cultural secularism such as homosexuals and extreme feminism in the work place. Most companies force this on their employees, and this was years ago. I imagine it’s much worse now.

    • DE-173

      “Diversity” is nonsense. “Hispanic Heritage Month” is either this month or next. Few if any of the eager participants give any thought to how very different the cultures of say, Mexico, Cuba or Puerto RIco really are, or that the very word “Hispanic” was invented by Richard Nixon in his crass political calculations.

  • A J MacDonald Jr

    America is too militaristic. I would discourage boys from playing soldier, lest they become real ones working for the US military fulfilling Satan’s objectives. I wish it weren’t this way, but the USA is not good, it’s evil.

    • Joseph J. Pippet

      JMJ Mr. MacDonald. You seem to forget that since (in your eyes) America is militaristic (Evil ?), it’s resonable to believe that you are militantly evil, (you are an American ?) according to your thinking) . So you can change American through your Prayers and work through Jesus asking him to Guide us. Respectfully with Love, Joseph J. Pippet

      • lifeknight

        NICE JMJ, Mr. Pippet! I accept no papers without the salute to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

    • DE-173

      “I would discourage boys from playing soldier, ”

      I would discourage you from spending time with boys, let alone having care and custody of them.

      You clearly don’t understand them and you seem to think that you have the right and capacity to alter their inherent nature.

      Then again, your comment history is instructive.

    • Dom Prosper Gueranger

      Out of all the children I grew up with I know of exactly – 0 – who later became soldiers. We all played “army” regularly and enjoyed it very much.

      There are many historical periods / groups that can be used for games (everything from knights to police).

      Unless you want to breed sissies, fighting games are a must.

      • LarryCicero

        After a visit to Springfield, IL we used play shoot Lincoln. None of us became assassins.

      • Rob B.

        There is a veterans’ park that I take my children to sometimes. I’ll never forget seeing my six year old son standing on the decommissioned cannon there yelling “Fire in the hole!” at the top of his lungs. I think I’ve let him watch too much *Mythbusters* with me… 🙂

    • ForChristAlone

      And you come by this wisdom how?

      • Rob B.

        His large intestine…

  • Enrolling children today into any ‘public school’ is child abuse. When amateurs are able to consistently out perform ‘professionals’ the state of government education is working exactly as planned.

  • grzybowskib

    There is a movement in the Church in the United States that has been growing for the past 7 years or so. It’s called Fraternus, and it’s a faith development program for boys in 6th-12th grade. The leaders are all men, and they act as role models for the boys and teach them to become virtuous, faithful Catholic men. I don’t know if there are any chapters in Minnesota, but it’s been growing across the country and has seen lots of success among participants. 🙂

  • Tony

    Thank you, Rachel, for reminding us that Don Bosco’s primary charism was the teaching of boys, and not the teaching of “children.” The Ursulines, inspired by him, took up the challenge of teaching girls.

    There’s a stained glass window in a local church here in Rhode Island, dedicated to Saint John Bosco. Standing in front of him is a boy, the young scholar Saint Dominic Savio. The faces and the halos say all that needs to be said.

    As for public school, it is now unremittingly hostile to boys. The hostility extends from how they are treated for their boyish behavior (Ritalin, anyone?) to the lies and the distortions about their sex that they will be exposed to, to the works of third-rate feminist authors they will have to read. Or, to put it in a different way: there are only two things wrong with the public schools, as regards boys: everything they don’t learn there, and everything they do.

    • James Kabala

      I think the Ursulines actually came first.

  • Daniel P

    Someone below said that today’s schools are girl-friendly and boy-averse. That’s not quite true. They are girl-averse too. Their version of moral education resembles the shepherd who makes the lambs fat and pliant, only to let the wolves devour them when they come of age. Girls who are smart or plain-looking enough emerge unscathed, but all the other girls get chewed up and spit out by debonair middle-class good-for-nothings.

    • Beth

      You are right, Daniel. When I mentioned girl-friendly above I was referring to academics. You are spot on when it comes to the moral education of girls and it goes for boys too.

  • Objectivetruth

    Great article, Rachel.

    As I type this, I’m taking heavy fire from my eight and nine year old sons, popping styrofoam rounds at me from their Nerf rifles. Must go…..time to return fire with tennis balls and footballs…..!

    • Rob B.

      Peace through superior firepower! I love it! Who survived?

      • Objectivetruth

        They surrendered when I threatened no dessert after dinner that night……war is hell…….!

        • Rob B.

          Well, an army does march on its stomach… 🙂

  • M.J

    Well, Don Bosco , as well as St.Therese, Bl.Mother – they are all still with us ..:)
    and the battle that often gets into the heart level can be just as or even more challenging for the children as well as the adults around them ;
    that includes watching our words and thoughts ; thus , unsure if ‘ war words ‘ need to be spoken out , to have ‘ fun’ or the curse like statement about being on the ‘want ‘ list ;
    recognising that our thoughts and the words have power – that in itself can open up a whole vast realm of challenging truth and blessings for them and for us .
    Motherhood can be scary , thus the training to call on The Mother , at every step
    ( thus , we see how the Rosary include 50 invocations of ‘ Hail, filled with grace ‘ – a grace that includes holy family lines , Holy Spirit love and the related strenght with which She was bessed, for our sake , through the most difficult times , of seeing The Son of God , Her Son, ignored, scorned, plotted against ..tortured
    possibly even lusted after .
    The Hail Mary blessing is thus , for the grace to be poured into our needs – of children , of generations , thus setting us and them free , from what would have come in, even inadvertently .
    May the Rosary be a prayer, like a background recording , even in the most paradise like places , filling them and us , with all that our Mother wants for us , to be fortified against the prowling lions, and to be able to trust that we are loved and can love !

  • Very dear sister in Christ, Rachel:

    I think you have a good light from the Holy Spirit. I had never thought that we needed a new Don Bosco, thousgh I am in love with him and his teaching/formation charism, as I was formed at a salesian school, though they had forgoten quite a lot their founder´s spirit. I have devoted more than 35 years to the instruction/formation of the youth, trying to be faithful to my grand teacher and master, Don Bosco, and I have always be sure that that , if lived in the same spirit, can make a change in our young people´s lives, but I had never thought or had that light: that the world needs a new Don Bosco who understands the youth and their education as he was told by his teacher, given to Him by Our Lord: Mary.

    I have read, so carefully your article and I am sure you asre so right in all your statements at a rate of a100%, though I think theres much much more to be said and added to that light that you shed in it. That God will be the one who will find that new Don Bosco and will show him what he has to do in theses days as He told Don Bosco, little by little.

    As the Pope says and has insisted so many times, we need to go out to the streets to find those (specially the youth) who are looking for God in so many ways, that they don´t even themselves know.

    Just some minutes before I read your article, I had also read another, very enlightening too, that speaks about something different, but, I think, totally complementary to yours. It was “The Catholic Option: “All of the Above”, by David F. Dieteman, also in Crisis Magazine, that, by the way, is a site where I have read a few wonderful aerticles about education and/or faith. in there, future Doctor Dieteman, speaks about a Benedict Option, saying that, as “the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; (but) have
    already been governing us for quite some time”, we need to in some ways withdraw support from failed institutions and preserve the traditions of the West (wich are the Christian world´s, that continued and started their new and definitive spread with the discovery of America by the Spaniards sent by Catholic Queen Isabella.) (That is a quote of mine), first by the option of to not vote (that seems to be) the only way to vote against a system that presents uswith unacceptable alternatives. And, second (and that is the most enlightening thing you can read in his article, as the one about a new Don Bosco in yours), what Fr Benedict…Groeschel (r.i.p.) advocated for: Reform of the Church and society, and renewal of each man’s faith, taking seriously Christ’s words in the Gospel of Mark: “the time has come and the reign of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news”, a call for renewal to the laity, clergy, and all of humanity. [as Pope Francis is asking, repeatedly too. (mine)], and to give all of it a visible shape, also as a return to the foundations of Christian Europe, that St Bennedict gave its spirit, what Fr (Benedict) Groeschel thinks and advocates for, is the “Benedict option”, or “Amish-like responses to a troubled culture,” (Samuel Gregg´s phrasing in that same article), that could not be a bad thing. Even if it might be problematic if all or most Catholics and conservatives withdrew into small communities of self-imposed isolation (“Home abbeys”, something this silly reader had thought of, after reading the book “St Benedict, the First European”), In fact, it might be a new and exciting option to see Catholics live like the Amish. (in the already proved to be God´s way in times of the barbarians, that could be a new, and renewed, way in the times of our Godless 3rd Millenium barbarians).

    As Fr Groeschel affirmed, “turning away from supporting contemporary political (and social, that is mine) institutions”, is the only way (that I can think of, supported by the lives and options of so many saints in troubled and rough times as ours) to be able to rebuild Christendom, without compromising our faith, our beliefs, and our (spiritual) freedom, our Christian Joy, and The Joy of the Gospel to be transmitted to our children first and to the rest of the society, afterwards by showing them that another world, where Peace, Justice and Love reigns is possible, as the first Christians did and as St Benedict lived in the times where everything was (almost) lost, that he and his monks preserved and transmitted to the ulterior generations, creating a new space for Christ: The Christian Europe, that now, rejects, despises and tries to delete, to sever, its roots.

    With all my love in Christ

    Andres Gran Garcia
    Father of a family, teacher and responsible (and only member, with his wife) of
    http://www.knightsofchristtheking.com and
    http://www.homeabbeysofchristtheking.eu

  • Toni

    Search for “Heralds of the Gospel” in internet. They do a work very much similar to that of Don Bosco

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