Grey hair portrays wisdom. In the days of yore our great grandparents would sit around a fire place and narrate educative stories to the youngsters. These stories made them very brave and determined to face the future. They were taught how to overcome difficulties and thereafter instill good into them. However, it’s sad that everything has vanished and perished in the wilderness. We began to wait for a renaissance which I think to be a dream.
In the early years of the 19th Century, there was a young gentleman named John Melchior Bosco. Through sheer hard work and persistent studies he was ordained a Priest for abandoned youth. He eventually came up with the idea of The Oratory where he could gather them on a Sunday for Christian upbringing. He gave ample time for games apart from music and Sunday instruction. But a singular feature of the day was “The Good-Night-Talk” before the boys could head for slumber. And to this day the Salesians of Don Bosco have been faithful to this Tradition of the Good Night. Is this not the renaissance I have been dreaming of?
In the goodnight talk we are talked to about developmental ideas that not only shape us socially but also spiritually. The Salesians always teach us The Value of Virtue and Ugliness of Sin and this does nothing other than directing us to God. Bearing in mind, goodnight talks have shaped the youngsters socially in that they have learnt to be responsible; spiritually these talks have brought God nearer to us. Finally, we therefore call upon all the social groups starting from the smallest unit as a family and heading to all different communities to emphasize on the importance of goodnight talks. “A goodnight talk from an elder is like a lingering word that remains embedded in the minds of the youngsters”
A well prepared goodnight talk can change a cranky into a lovely and exemplary person. With these, we therefore argue for more goodnight talks from the Salesians.