2The way Sieger Koeder has depicted Don Bosco is surprising The way Sieger Koeder has depicted Don Bosco is surprising. There is no photo or picture anything like it as yet in existence. But in many ways it is a painting that goes to the heart of what Don Bosco means to us.
3Don Bosco the enthusiastic glove-puppeteer Don Bosco is hidden behind a screen.He is invisible to the spectators who can only see the two puppets.Don Bosco is seen smiling at the back of the stage, happy that the audience is enjoying itself.
4Don Bosco the educator rich in ideas Don Bosco knows how to conquer the hearts of his young followers. He gives us space to be creative. He studies all the possibilities of passing on the message of Christ.
5Don Bosco the passionate catechist With his puppets Don Bosco lets the youngsters know and experience the Love of God and His mercy. The scene is the return of the Prodigal Son to the embrace of his Father.
6Don Bosco himself a ‘Merciful Father’ In the picture, on the leftof Don Bosco, we see thathe is protecting a youngsterwho, dressed in the sameblue robe as the Prodigal Sonabove, has his gazefixed on the priest.This might depict one of the many boys rescued from the streets or from prison who sought shelter, affection and security in the house of Don Bosco.
7Don Bosco among his boys Don Bosco is acting out the parable of the Merciful Father for children of all ages. In the picture they follow the story with great interest. In Don Bosco’s company they feel themselves accepted and loved.
8Don Bosco an apostle for the world Don Bosco goes looking for the boys wherever he can find them. Evangelization takes place where the children are to be found.The scene is in the open air,in no defined locality,perhaps on the outskirtsof a city.
9Don Bosco the witness No matter where he was, whether it was the playground, a workshop,the classroom or the church,he always witnessedto the Love of God.‘Live what you preach and teach!’Don Bosco believedwith unshakable faithin the Love of Godfor all mankind.
10It is not enough to look at Sieger Koeder’s painting; we have to meditate on it. Don Bosco invites us to ‘Be merciful because your Heavenly Father is merciful’.