SAINT JOHN BOSCO
Feast day: 31st January House charity : CAFOD
John Bosco was born on 16th August 1815, he died in 31st January 1888. The young Bosco had very strange dreams in which God showed him the path to take. When he spoke of these to his parents he was not believed and ridiculed for his bizarre dreams. He dedicated his life to the improvement and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment.
Such generosity of spirit could not go unrewarded by God. Besides providing for his work, God gave him the gift of miracles. With his blessing, Don Bosco cured people’s disease. After his prayers on their behalf, the deaf heard, the lame walked, and once, a dead boy was raised to life. He had the gift of prophecy. He could read consciences, and used this gift to assist penitents in confession (often people queued miles for him to hear their confession). He could foretell one's vocation, as well as one's future.
We believe that the moral of John’s story is to always keep faith in what you believe in, never let anyone tell you that you’re wrong. We also, believe that he has taught us to help those children around us who may lose their way and to help them find the correct path again.
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