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2015 | 36 | 1 | 29-45

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Apostolic consciousness of Don Bosco. A hermeneutical-phenomenological approach to his spirituality


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Apostolska świadomość księdza Bosko Podejście hermeneutyczno-fenomenologiczne do jego duchowości

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In this brief article, the author seeks to evince the structure of Don Bosco’s apostolic consciousness through a hermeneutical phenomenological analysis of a sample of first-hand writings, discourses and narratives of Don Bosco. These texts cover a span of over thirty years (1847 to 1879) which represent the phase in which Don Bosco (aged 32 to 64) was actively involved in youth apostolate. Insofar as apostolate or mission implies the conviction of being sent, “apostolic consciousness of Don Bosco” can be understood to comprise the consciousness he manifests about the reality of youth, about himself, and about God, in realizing the ultimate scope life. Such an apostolic consciousness can be regarded as the core of Salesian spirituality.
W niniejszym, krótkim artykule autor stara się ukazać strukturę apostolskiej świadomości księdza Bosko poprzez analizę hermeneutyczno-fenomenologiczną próbki jego pism, przemówień i opowiadań o nim. Teksty te obejmują okres trzydziestu lat (1847-1879), który odpowiada fazie aktywnego zaangażowania księdza Bosko (wiek od 32 do 64 lat) w apostolstwo młodzieży. Skoro „apostolat”, czy też „misja”, zawiera w sobie przekonanie o byciu posłanym, zatem „apostolska świadomość księdza Bosko” obejmuje jego przekonania o rzeczywistości młodzieży, o sobie samym i o Bogu w procesie dążenia do ostatecznego celu życia. Taka świadomość apostolska może być postrzegana jako sedno duchowości salezjańskiej.








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  • Salesian Pontifical University, Rome


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