Fr. Ly Samnan explains the Strenna 2022 of the Rector Major Fr. Angel Fernández Artimi in Khmer: “Do everything for love, nothing by force” (St. Francis de Sales) that in Khmer language is ធ្វើគ្រប់យ៉ាងដោយសេចក្តីស្រលាញ់ មិនមានអ្វីជាការបង្ខឹតបង្ខំ
Every year, the Rector Major of the Salesians offers a message (Strenna) to inspire the beginning of the new academic year to all the Salesian Family. The term derives from the Latin strēna, a word of probable Sabine origin, with the meaning of “gift of good omen.”
This new year 2022 is a very meaningful date for the members of the Salesian Family, because we are going to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Saint Francis of Sales (he died on 28th of December 1622 at 55 years old at Lyons, France), who is the main inspirator of the spirituality of Saint John Bosco. The name Salesian has not other meaning that a follower or imitator of the spirituality of Bishop Francis of Sales and it was the wish of Don Bosco: That we, as religious and educators, imitates the zeal and kindness of Saint Francis.
To commemorate four centuries of the death of Saint Francis of Sales and to encourage the revival of the Salesian spirituality for this 2022, the Rector Major chose the expression of the Bishop of Savoy: “Do everything for love, nothing by force.”
This Strenna of the Rector Major is especially important for us in Cambodia, since kindness is a cultural value and the role of the Cambodian educator is to lead their pupils with love through the goal of wisdom. For this reason, Fr. Ly Samnan explains in Khmer the meaning of the Rector Major’s strenna in order to open a new year of activities.