St. John Bosco

St. John BoscoSt. John Bosco

” When deep sleep comes upon people, in slumberings upon the bunked; then He opens the ears of men, and shuts their teach”( Job 7:14 ).

God has discovered things to men in dreams throughout hour. In the Bible we read many fibs of how God spoke to His people through dreams. He revealed to Joseph that Mary was with child through the dominance of the Holy spirit. He spoke to Joseph again to take Mary and the child Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herod. These are but two specimen in the Bible where God spoke through dreams.

God still speaks to people through dreams. One such party was John Bosco( John Bosco is also known as Don Bosco. Don is a Spanish title for Father .)

John Bosco was only nine years old when he had a dream that he could not forget. It turned out to be prophetic. John dreamed that he was in a field with many other young sons who the hell blaspheming and misbehaving and entirely out of control. They were shouting, jostle and pushing. Abruptly a humankind garmented in grey and whose face shine with light-footed seen and summoned John. He told John,” You will have to winning these friends of yours , not with punches, but with gentleness and kindness .” John was astounded. He was just a kid himself and this man expected him to wreak these unruly children under control? John answered,” I’m time a boy. How are you able degree me to got something that searches impossible ?” The man answered,” What seems so impossible you must attain by being pliant and acquiring insight .” The sons turned into the wild swine that they had been acting like. The worker then told John that the field was John’s life’s work and that once John varied and ripened in meeknes and faithfulness, he would read a change in the children — a deepen that the three men then revealed. The mad swine suddenly changed into gentle lambs.

John’s family did not encourage his dreams. They stirred recreation of them, and his grandmother told him not to pay any attention to dreams, that they didn’t planned anything. But even though John trusted his grandmother, he couldn’t forget the dream.

When John was 16, he entered the seminary at Chieri and continued his studies at Turin where he was consecrated. At the encouragement of Fr. Joseph Cafasso, John began working with forgot sons. He was designated chaplain of St. Philomena’s Hospice for girls so he lived the sons that he was helping in an abandoned building on the grounds of the hospice. He began workshops and colleges and built a church.

John continued to have dreams that turned out to be prophetic. Pope Pius IX learned about his dreams and right away felt that these dreams were from God. He encouraged Don Bosco to keep records of his dreams by writing down every detail. John too exercised his dreams to help instruct the boys in how to live moral livings. Once he related to them a dream he’d had about four kinds of bread. He said he saw them dining these different types of bread and that each eat revealed the commonwealth of that boy’s soul. He implored each of them to come and speak with him later so who is able to disclose to them individually the state of their beings so that they would have the opportunity to change if need be. This toiled also as a mode of getting them to use the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receive moral counseling from John.

By 1856, John was residence 150 boys and had another 500 in oratories. Many of Don Bosco’s boys became pastors. His dream at persons under the age of nine had come true. He was immensely successful with children. His patience, love, and backing — along with a little discipline — proved to be very effective. After a while, John’s need for dependable helpers extended him to determine the Society of St. Francis de Sales. The boys in this society became known as the Salesians. The Salesian Order received formal approval in 1884. By 1888, there were 64 Salesian feet in Europe and the Americas and approximately 800 Salesian pastors. Don Bosco did not limit his help to sons. In 1872, he founded the Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians to help young girls who were poor and forgot. John died in Turin, Italy, on January 31, 1888 at persons under the age of 72. He was canonized in 1934.


St. John Bosco had a deep devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. He once had a dream that Mary conducted him into a beautiful plot full of heightens. The perfume of the arises filled the aura. Mary told him to take off his shoes and path along a rose-strewn path through a arise arbor. After precisely a few steps, nonetheless, his feet were trimmed and bleeding from the thorns. John said he would have to have shoes or he could go no further. Mary told him to put on sturdy shoes. When he continued his step, he was followed by aids. Then the walls of the arbor started closing, the ceiling subside lower and thorns were tearing into his legs. He pushed them aside, chipping his hands, and becoming entangled in the climbs, but he continued to push forward until he lastly clambered through the rises and thorns and registered another garden. A cool gust solaced his torn flesh and soothed his meanders. His interpretation was that the itinerary was his mission, the rises were his charity to the boys and the thorns were all the obstacles, distractions, and resentments that he would encounter along the way. The theme of the dream was that he must persevere and not lose faith in God or fail to continue in his mission. This is a lesson for us all. When God calls us, like St. John Bosco, we are to lean on God and press forward knowing that He is always with the americans and He will bring us through.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Reflections to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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There must be no hostility in our thinkers , no disdain in our eyes , no insult on our lips. We must use mercy for the present and have are waiting for the future, as is fitting for true-blue parents who are enthusiastic for real correction and improvement.

— From a symbol of St. John Bosco on penalty boys

How can I apply this advice in my manages with children — mine or those entrusted to me? How does this advice apply to my acts with all people?


Thank you, Jesus, for speaking to us through countless implies. Help us to remember that You not only speak to us in dreams and visions, but also through friends, works, or even a beautiful visualize. May we ever strive You and be open to hearing You speak to us, Lord. And through the intercession of Saint John Bosco, may we also be inspired to help others through love. Amen.

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