31st January: St John Bosco

Featured Saint: St John Bosco (1815-1888)

St John Bosco was born in the village of Becchi, Italy. At 2, his father died and it was left to his mother, Margaret, to look after him and his two older brothers. In an early childhood dream, he was told by a Man and a Lady to prepare for battle on behalf of poor and ill disciplined young people. The dream had a lifelong impact on him. It became his inspiration to study for the Priesthood and create homes and educational opportunities for the many ‘forgotten’ street children of Turin, Italy. St John was a tactful leader, combining entertainment with teaching and praying; even the most hardened youth wanted to be involved in his work.

In later life, St John Bosco created the Salesian Order to help boys and, together with Maria Mazzarello, a similar order was founded for young girls. Salesian numbers rapidly increased during his lifetime and today, remain an active force on every continent. When others commended him on his great work, he would reply, “I have done nothing by myself, it was Our Lady who did everything”; possibly a reference to that childhood dream!

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

St John BoscoShort Quote – St John Bosco:
“How often in my long career have I had to convince myself of this great truth!  It is certainly easier to lose one’s temper than to be patient;  threaten young people rather than to reason with them”.

“I would say that it better suits our pride to punish those who resist us,  rather than to bear with them firmly and with kindness”.

Thoughts: “Be firm in wanting good and preventing evil, but always gently and prudently” (St John Bosco)

Private Reflection: The founding principles of the Salesian Order are, reason, religion and kindness. May everything that we do today have a meaningful and honest purpose, may we do it in a prayerful manner and may we show respect to all whom we come in contact with while doing so.

PrayerMost Holy Mary by St John Bosco (Extract)
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.

St John Bosco:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: The Lord is my Shepherd

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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