Some of the best known quotes of St John Bosco, the father and friend of youth
- My children, jump, run and play and make all the noise you want but avoid sin like the plague and you will surely gain heaven. – Vol. 4.p.204
- An oratory without music is like a body without a soul. – Vol. 5.p.222
- Relax, have fun, sin laugh, go hiking do anything you like, as long as you do not sin. – Vol. 8.p.196
- You are my dear little rascals. I would rather have you than all the comforts of the rich. -Vol. 6.p.2
- (Don Bosco to his boys) I feel much more at home with you. This is really where I belong. -Vol. 4.p.455
Its quite some time I really spent time in writing and reading, so I thought the feast of Don Bosco is the right time to begin again.
Let me wish you all a very happy feast of Don Bosco, a saint who has captured the mind and heart of so many youngsters in the world.
It is with lots of enthusiasm that I read this statement, “The word ‘Salesian’ is synonymous with commitment,” of Jorge Arevalo, Deputy Director for Education of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Looking at the great Salesian work all over the world anyone could easily agree with it. However my take on this is ……. and it did raise few questions in my mind.
Thinking of a glorious past, are we living in a utopian world?
(It is very true that we need to acknowledge the glorious past and thank the Lord for the same but we just should not be stuck with the past alone, rather we need to be in the present facing the challenges of the time.)
Not that we Salesians do not work today, but we still need to work, for and with youth
I want to tell you a dream I had some nights ago, most probably on the eve of the Assumption. I dreamed that I was at my brother’s home at Castelnuovo d’ Asti with all my boys. While they were at play, a total stranger came up to me and asked me to go with him. He took me to a meadow alongside the playground and pointed to a huge, ugly snake, over twenty feet long, coiled in the grass. Continue reading “The Snake and the Rosary: Dream of St. John Bosco”
Don Rinaldi calls the august personage in the dream of Don Bosco on 10, September 1881 at San Benigno Canavese as “the Model of the True Salesian”. The dream which is popularly known the dream of ten diamonds can easily be understood in three parts.
In Scene I the august personage portrays the ideal Salesian. The front of his mantle is adorned with five diamonds, three on the breast representing Faith, Hope and Charity, and two at shoulder level for Work and Temperance. On the back of the garment are another five diamonds: they stand for Obedience, Poverty, Reward, Chastity and Fasting.
In Scene II the august personage depicts the model completely debased. The mantle “is faded, moth-eaten and torn. Where the diamonds, had been, the cloth was in tatters and eaten away by grubs”. This depressing scene portrays “the ruin, the antithesis of the true Salesian”.
In Scene III there is a handsome young man of imposing and charming mien, dressed in white garments delicately worked in gold and silver thread. His message to the Salesians is to “listen, take heed and be strong and courageous; to bear witness in their words and lives, to be prudent in accepting and training the new generation, and to see to the healthy growth of the Congregation”.
Significances of the Dream:
- The dream presents a deft, personalized and dramatic exposition of Salesian spirituality.
- The special characteristics presented in the dream must be seen as an authoritative identikit of a true Salesian,
- Don Bosco tells us that as long as we cherish these characteristics the future of our vocation in the Church is assured; however, if we neglect them the Congregation will face total extinction.
- It is a dream offered to every Salesian because he is a Salesian and there is no reference to the young.
Three Years of Initial Preparation:
1. First year of preparation: Knowledge of Don Bosco’s History(August 16, 2011 – August 15, 2012)
2. Second year of preparation: Don Bosco’s Pedagogy (August 16, 2012 – August 15, 2013)
3. Third year of preparation: Don Bosco’s Spirituality (August 16, 2013 – August 15, 2014)
On January 31, 2012, the feast of St. John Bosco, Fr. Pascual Chavez, Rector Major for the Salesian Congregation, sent a letter to Salesians setting out for them a journey of preparation for the bicentennial celebration of Don Bosco’s birth:
The year of celebration: Don Bosco’s mission with the young and for the young
“We are approaching the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth, which will be celebrated on August 16, 2015. It is a very special event for us, for all the Salesian Family, and for the whole Salesian Movement, which requires an intense and profound process of preparation, so that it may prove fruitful for all of us, for the Church, for the young, and for society.”
Viva Don Bosco………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Don Bosco we Love you
Logs are from: http://www.salesiansireland.ie/news-events/bicentenary-of-saint-john-bosco
“Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.”
– Don Bosco
Don Bosco, I Love you….Proud to be you Son. May I live a life worthy of the same… Amen
With Temperance comes humility, chastity, and other virtues.
St. John Bosco
“Prayer means lifting up our hearts to God and engaging with him through holy thoughts and devout sentiments. Therefore every thought about God and every glance towards him is prayer when joined with pious sentiments. Whoever thinks of theLord and his infinite perfection and feels a sense of joy, veneration, love, admiration is praying. Whoever considers the great benefits from his Creator, Father and the One who has preserved him, and feels a sense of gratitude, is praying. whoever, amidst danger of his innocence and virtue, is aware of his own weakness and asks God to help him, is praying, and finally whoever is contrite of heart and turns to God, remembering that he has insulted his Father, offended his Judge and lost his greatest good, and then begs pardon and promises to amend his behaviour is praying.”
St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco, Teachings on Spiritual Life: An Anthology (Bengaluru: KJC Publications, 2013), 116.