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St. Bosco, January 31
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:12:04 AM »
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  • What do dreams have to with prayer? Aren't they just random images of our mind?

    In 1867 Pope Pius IX was upset with John Bosco because he wouldn't take his dreams seriously enough. Nine years earlier when Pope Pius IX met with the future saint who worked with neglected boys, he learned of the dreams that John had been having since the age of nine, dreams that had revealed God's will for John's life. So Pius IX had made a request, "Write down these dreams and everything else you have told me, minutely and in their natural sense." Pius IX saw John's dreams as a legacy for those John worked with and as an inspiration for those he ministered to.

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    Saint John Bosco, you reached out to children whom no one cared for despite ridicule and insults. Help us to care less about the laughter of the world and care more about the joy of the Lord. Amen

    St Bosco, pray for us, and our children!
    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.

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    St. Bosco, January 31
    « Reply #1 on: January 31, 2014, 05:12:55 AM »
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  • John Bosco was born near Castelnuovo in the archdiocese of Turin, Italy, in 1815. His father died when John was only two years old and it was his mother Margaret who provided him with a good humanistic and Christian education. His early years were financially difficult but at the age of twenty he entered the major seminary, thanks to the financial help received from Louis Guala, founder and rector of the ecclesiastical residence St. Francis of Assisi in Turin. John Bosco was ordained a priest on June 5, 1846, and with the help of John Borel he founded the oratory of St. Francis de Sales.

    At this time the city of Turin was on the threshold of the industrial revolution and as a result there were many challenges and problems, especially for young men. Gifted as he was as an educator and a leader, Don Bosco formulated a system of education based on "reason, religion and kindness." In spite of the criticism and violent attacks of the anti-clericals, he conducted workshops for the tradesmen and manual laborers, schools of arts and sciences for young workers, and schools of the liberal arts for those preparing for the priesthood. In 1868 there were 800 students involved in this educational system. To ensure the continuation of his work, Don Bosco founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians), which was approved in 1869. Also, with the help of Sister Mary Dominic Mazzarello, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Auxiliatrix.

    In 1875 a wave of emigration to Latin America began, and this prompted the inauguration of the Salesian missionary apostolate. Don Bosco became a traveller throughout Europe, seeking funds for the missions. Some of the reports referred to him as "the new St. Vincent de Paul." He also found time to write popular catechetical pamphlets, which were distributed throughout Italy, as was his Salesian Bulletin. This great apostle of youth died on January 31, 1888, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. Pope John Paul II named him "teacher and father to the young."

    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2014-01-31


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    St. Bosco, January 31
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  • One of my favourites!!!

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    St. Bosco, January 31
    « Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014, 09:05:57 PM »
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  • Mine too.
    Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthen by the same Spir

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    St. Bosco, January 31
    « Reply #4 on: January 31, 2014, 09:10:17 PM »
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  • My first born son was born today a year ago! !
    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.


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    St. Bosco, January 31
    « Reply #5 on: February 03, 2014, 03:59:14 AM »
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  • Pope Francis may visit the Italian city of Turin in 2015 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, and for an exposition of the Shroud of Turin, believed to be Christ's burial cloth.

    The news has been circulating this week in Turin, the saint's adopted home where he founded the Salesians, focusing on his feast day, celebrated Jan. 31. St. John Bosco dedicated himself to the betterment of the youth in Turin, and founded the Salesian order to educate the young poor and to prepare them for an occupation.

    His 200th birthday will be celebrated Aug. 16, 1815, and a reliquary containing a portion of his right arm has been touring the world since 2010 in preparation for the anniversary.

    The Salesian order founded by St. John Bosco is found in 131 countries at more than 1,800 apostolates. The order includes more than 15,000 members, of whom 10,500 are priests.

    Pope Francis has already shown his appreciation for the order with his Jan. 19 visit to Rome's Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Praetorian Barracks parish, which is staffed by Salesians. The parish was founded by St. John Bosco a year before his death, and staffs an attached boarding school.

    Behind the basilica are the “camarette,” or “little rooms” where St. John Bosco stayed on his last trip to Rome, when the parish was dedicated, from April 30 to May 18, 1887.

    It is located near the Termini train and metro stations, and serves an area filled with migrants, refugees, homeless persons, and itinerants.

    Having gone to Sacred Heart at the Praetorian Barracks, Pope Francis may now show his support for the Salesians by visiting their home of Turin, in northern Italy some 90 miles from Milan.

    According to Torinese media, Pope Francis would visit both Turin and Milan, which will hold the International Expo in 2015.

    The Pope met Jan. 17 with Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, who is managing the expo, along with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Salesians will host several events at the expo.

    Should he visit Turin, the Pope would be expected to visit Valdocco, the Salesians' headquarters and site of St. John Bosco's burial; the Shroud of Turin; and perhaps to visit extended family – Pope Francis' father was born in Portacomaro, a town an hour outside of Turin.

    According to a Salesian source, the Pope would go to Turin May 24, for the feast of Mary Auxiliatrix,  patron of the Salesian Sisters.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-may-visit-turin-in-2015-to-remember-st-john-boscos-birth/

     

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