Monday, January 31, 2011

Frequency = Fortification

"What a great truth I tell you
at this moment!
Frequent Communion
is the great pillar
which upholds the moral
and material world so that
it might not collapse into ruin."

St John Bosco
Priest, Educator, Founder of Salesian Society
"Father and Teacher of Youth"
 Italy ~ Aug 16, 1815 - Jan 31, 1888
FEAST DAY - January 31

"Willingly suffer a bit for God
Who suffered so much for you."~ St John Bosco

Ste John Bosco, ora pro nobis!

Venerable Mama Margaret is the beloved and holy mother of St John Bosco.
The sanctity and holiness of St John Bosco was first nurtured
by a mother's prayer, a mother's example.  From Mama Margaret to her son:

"When you came into the world I consecrated you to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
When you began your studies, I inculcated this devotion in you. Now I want you to
belong totally to her. Make your companions those who are devoted to Mary;
and if you reach ordination, never cease to inculcate and spread this devotion."

"I have nothing to say regarding your vocation, except that you should do what God
inspires you to do. Do not be concerned on my behalf. You owe me nothing. Never forget
that I was born in poor circumstances, have lived in poverty all my life; and I am happy
to die poor; and I say this seriously to you: if you ever become wealthy, I shall never
set foot on your doorstep."

"Dear John, you have taken the priestly habit and I am as happy as any mother could be.
But never forget that it is not the habit that matters, but the effort to progress in virtue.
If you ever come to have doubts about your vocation, be sure you never dishonor that
priestly garb. Put it aside immediately. I would rather a poor peasant son than a priest
who neglected his sacred calling".

"John, you are now a priest; you will be saying Mass; so from henceforth you will be
closer to Jesus. Remember that to begin to celebrate Mass means also to begin to suffer.
You will not realize this immediately, but little by little you will see that what your
mother has told you is the truth."

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