Don Bosco took the essence of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, and certain elements of Ignatian, Alphonsian and Teresian spiritualities and distilled them through his own personal charism under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and out came the Salesian spirituality. It is based on the Christian humanism of St. Francis de Sales who taught that sanctity is not the prerogative of only few chosen souls and it can be achieved by anyone who has the will to work for it. Don Bosco proved it by leading boys from the street to sainthood. Dominic Savio the teenage saint was a pupil of Don Bosco. Similarly, Bl. Laura Vicuna’ was a boarder with our sisters in Argentina. Don Bosco made his own the motto of St. Francis de Sales: “Give me souls, take away the rest”.
Salesian spirituality is a spirituality of pastoral charity inspired by the compassionate love of Christ the Good Shepherd. It is Sacramental, Marian, rooted in the Word of God, joyful, optimistic and youthful. Daily life is the place of encounter with the Lord. A great love for the Pope and the Church, and concern and self – forgetting love for others are other outstanding characteristics.