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Saint John Bosco

Saint John Bosco

  • Don Bosco
  • Giovanni Bosco
  • Giovanni Melchior Bosco
  • John Melchoir Bosco

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Son of VenerableMargaret Bosco. John’s father died when the boy was two years old; and as soon as he was old enough to do odd jobs, John did so to helps support his family. Bosco would go to circuses, fairs and carnivals, practice the tricks that he saw magicians perform, and then put on one-boy shows. After his performance, while he still had an audience of boys, he would repeat the homily he had heard earlier that day in church.

He worked as a tailorbakershoemaker, and carpenter while attending college and seminaryOrdained in 1841. A teacher, he worked constantly with young people, finding places where they could meet, play and prayteaching catechism to orphans and apprenticesChaplain in a hospice for girlsWrote short treatises aimed at explaining the faith to children, and then taught children how to printthem. Friend of Saint Joseph Cafasso, whose biography he wrote, and confessorto Blessed Joseph Allamano. Founded the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in 1859priests who work with and educate boys, under the protection of Our Lady, Help of Chistians, and Saint Francis de Sales. Founded the Daughters of MaryHelp of Christians in 1872, and Union of Cooperator Salesians in 1875.

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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. – Saint John Bosco

When tempted, invoke your Angel. he is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel. – Saint John Bosco

Enjoy yourself as much as you like – if only you keep from sin. – Saint John Bosco

Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you. – Saint John Bosco

My sons, in my long experience very often I had to be convinced of this great truth. It is easier to become angry than to restrain oneself, and to threaten a boy than to persuade him. Yes, indeed, it is more fitting to be persistent in punishing our own impatience and pride than to correct the boys. We must be firm but kind, and be patient with them. See that no one finds you motivated by impetuosity or willfulness. It is difficult to keep calm when administering punishment, but this must be done if we are to keep ourselves from showing off our authority or spilling out our anger. Let us regard those boys over whom we have some authority as our own sons. Let us place ourselves in their service. Let us be ashamed to assume an attitude of superiority. Let us not rule over them except for the purpose of serving them better. This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized and still others to hope for God’s mercy. And so he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart. – from a letter by Saint John Bosco

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Inheritance!!!

d. 2014

Happy Memories January 30, 2014. At Don Bosco Karen.

At the point of death, my father M’Lingela, called me and he advised he to follow his footsteps so that I can have peace of mind in all that they do..

I was arrogant to him and I couldn’t take it. I said, “Mzae, its unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank. Other fathers that you tag as being corrupt, thieves of public CDF left mansions and properties for their children; even this ramshackle house we live in is a rented apartment. Sorry, I can’t emulate you, just go, let’s chart my own course.”

Few moments later, my father took his last breath.

Three years later, I went for an interview in a multinational company. At the interview the Chairman of the committee after seeing my papers asked me, “Which M’Lingela are you?”

I replied, “I am M’Lingela Junior. My Dad M’Lingela Senior is now late.”

Chairman cuts in, “O my God, you are M’Lingela’s son?”

He turned to the  other members and said, “This M’Lingela Senior was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn’t even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me.”

He turned to me, “I have no questions for you, consider yourself as having gotten this job, come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.”

I became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two Cars with Drivers, A duplex attached to the office, and a salary of six digits per month excluding allowances and other costs.

After two years of working in the company, the MD of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought after, again the company’s Consultant nominated me.

In an interview, I was asked the secret of my success. With already diamonds forming at the sides od my eyes, I replied, “My Dad paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but stinkingly rich in integrity, discipline and honesty.”

They asked me again, “And why are you emotional and you are no longer a kid to miss your dad especially after a long time?”

I replied, “At his deathbed, I insulted him for being an honest and integrity man. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn’t work for all these, he did it for me to just walk in.”

So, finally they asked, “Will you follow your father’s foot steps as he requested ?”

And my simple answer was, “l now adore the man, I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have after God.”

In Kenya, can we get just another M’Lingela?

If we can have just one percent of Kenyan population with integrity, honesty and disciplined like M’Lingela8 Senior and Junior, Kenya will be much ahead.

If we can get 1000 Matiang in Kenya, ….

It pays to build a name, the reward doesn’t come quickly but it will come however long it may take and it lasts longer..

Integrity, discipline, self control and fear of God makes a man wealthy, not the fat bank account..

Leave a good heritage for your children..

Little Flower’s Reflection 

​Tuesday, January 31, 2017

(Hebrews 12:1-4; Mark 5:21-43)

Faith is a very powerful virtue. Faith moves mountains; faith touches God. It is through faith that God is moved to be on our side. On the other hand, doubt is the greatest enemy of faith.

Jairus and the woman in today’s Gospel have one thing in common, faith. Jairus was a synagogue official and came to Jesus to ask for his daughter’s healing. Faith led him to Jesus. Time did not make his faith weaver even when Jesus seemed not to be moving due to many people pressing around him. Even messagers who brought the news of the child’s death wouldn’t kill his faith. His 12 years old child was raised back to life. Neither did his high position in synagogue prevent him from kneeling to pray to Jesus.

The woman who had suffered for 12 years believed that just by touching a piece of the cloths could heal her. And it happened. She did that silently because according to the law she was not supposed to be there due to her uncleanliness.

We have witnessed many people who have received miracles just by touching relics of saints. Some have even been healed by just being touched by a saint’s shadow. With all these, it is not the shadow, nor the cloth nor the relics that heal but faith.

Let us pray for the increase of faith. Those who have suffered for many years, don’t lose hope. Even those who have suffering because the month of January seemed he’ll to them. Have faith. This is coming to an end.

May your faith not be shaken. Pray with faith. Let not your position in the society be the hindrance of you going down on your knees to pray. Let not be ashamed or be blocked by unnecessary human laws.

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.

Humility


She is always at the church premises by 0600 hrs wearing some faded jeans, an old T shirt and some slippers. She always comes to clean the seats, arranging them, decorating the  pulpit and clean the place when ever it is dirty ….

For six years she has never missed a single Saturday coming to clean the place.

One Saturday a young man in a suit walked into the church while she was still arranging the chairs. He went and sat down watching as the lady was  working.

He was impressed that a lady who looked quite good even in the old cloths and a scarf over her hair could be so dedicated to her work in church. He thought within himself that this was an unfortunate lady who probably had not gotten anyone to take care of her schooling and now she would probably be an orange seller or some petty trader struggling to make ends meet at the market stall. He watched and within his heart he felt he now knew what God wanted him to do. When he had felt a compulsion to come very early to church he had not understood but now he thought he did.

He went back to his car and took out two $50 notes and when the lady finished her work and was about to leave he called her and commended her for her service and gave her the notes.

She respectfully declined the gift but he insisted pressing it into her hands. He asked if she lived close by or if he could go drop her so she would not be late for the morning devotion.

She thanked him and told him that her car was out side, but he did not comprehend or even try to understand what she had just said. He walked her out determined to find out all he could about this lady that God wanted him to help change her level.

They walked out of the church with him telling her where he worked and how God had asked him to come early to church that day and how he believed God is directing him to help make a big difference in her life. He was so busy talking he had not realized they had walked directly to a BMW parked under some trees in the parking lot.

The car made his one year old Benz look like a worn out wheel barrow.

The lady opened the driver’s door stepped in and handed over her card to the man and said;
“I believe God sent you here for a purpose, but I do not think it was to change my level, Most likely it was to change yours.”

 I am tempted to say it took a forklift to shut the young man’s mouth and move him from the place he was glued to as the lady drove off. God had a purpose for bringing him to church that morning and that purpose was to teach him humility which he learnt well because now two people always clean the house of the Lord …..

Many times we think so highly of ourselves that where God sends us to learn we go trying to teach.  We always imagine ourselves as teachers, never as students.

Humility, a great mark… Humble yourself before the lord and he will lift you up….

(#francismurithisenior)

Anonymous

Don Bosco

Dalle «Lettere» di san Giovanni Bosco

{(Epistolario, Torino, 1959, 4,202.204-205.209)
Imitare Gesù e lasciarsi guidare dall’amore}
  Se vogliamo farci vedere amici del vero bene dei nostri allievi, ed obbligarli a fare il loro dovere, bisogna che voi non dimentichiate mai che rappresentate i genitori di questa cara gioventù, che fu sempre tenero oggetto delle mie occupazioni, dei miei studi, del mio ministero sacerdotale, e della nostra Congregazione salesiana. Se perciò sarete veri padri dei vostri allievi, bisogna che voi ne abbiate anche il cuore; e non veniate mai alla repressione o punizione senza ragione e senza giustizia, e solo alla maniera di chi vi si adatta per forza e per compiere un dovere.
  Quante volte, miei cari figliuoli, nella mia lunga carriera ho dovuto persuadermi di questa grande verità! È certo più facile irritarsi che pazientare: minacciare un fanciullo che persuaderlo: direi ancora che è più comodo alla nostra impazienza ed alla nostra superbia castigare quelli che resistono, che correggerli col sopportarli con fermezza e con benignità. La carità che vi raccomando è quella che adoperava san Paolo verso i fedeli di fresco convertiti alla religione del Signore, e che sovente lo facevano piangere e supplicare quando se li vedeva meno docili e corrispondenti al suo zelo.
  Difficilmente quando si castiga si conserva quella calma, che è necessaria per allontanare ogni dubbio che si opera per far sentire la propria autorità, o sfogare la propria passione.
  Riguardiamo come nostri figli quelli sui quali abbiamo da esercitare qualche potere. Mettiamoci quasi al loro servizio, come Gesù che venne ad ubbidire e non a comandare, vergognandoci di ciò che potesse aver l’aria in noi di dominatori; e non dominiamoli che per servirli con maggior piacere. Così faceva Gesù con i suoi apostoli, tollerandoli nella loro ignoranza e rozzezza, nella loro poca fedeltà, e col trattare i peccatori con una dimestichezza e familiarità da produrre in alcuni lo stupore, in altri quasi lo scandalo, ed in molti la santa speranza di ottenere il perdono da Dio. Egli ci disse perciò di imparare da lui ad essere mansueti ed umili di cuore (Mt 11,29).
  Dal momento che sono i nostri figli, allontaniamo ogni collera quando dobbiamo reprimere i loro falli, o almeno moderiamola in maniera che sembri soffocata del tutto. Non agitazione dell’animo, non disprezzo negli occhi, non ingiuria sul labbro; ma sentiamo la compassione per il momento, la speranza per l’avvenire, ed allora voi sarete i veri padri e farete una vera correzione.
  In certi momenti molto gravi, giova più una raccomandazione a Dio, un atto di umiltà a lui, che una tempesta di parole, le quali, se da una parte non producono che male in chi le sente, dall’altra parte non arrecano vantaggio a chi le merita.
  Ricordatevi che l’educazione è cosa del cuore, e che Dio solo ne è il padrone, e noi non potremo riuscire a cosa alcuna, se Dio non ce ne insegna l’arte, e non ce ne mette in mano le chiavi.
  Studiamoci di farci amare, di insinuare il sentimento del dovere del santo timore di Dio, e vedremo con mirabile facilità aprirsi le porte di tanti cuori ed unirsi a noi per cantare le lodi e le benedizioni di colui, che volle farsi nostro modello, nostra via, nostro esempio in tutto, ma particolarmente nell’educazione della gioventù.

​Tuesday, January 31, 2017

(Hebrews 12:1-4;Mark 5:21-43)

Running as a form of exercise can be very refreshing and good for our well-being.

But competitive running as in a race can be quite exhausting as we push our bodies and stamina to try to win the race.

In a race, one has to be very focused in trying to catch up with the one in the lead, or if one is in the lead then he must maintain his position.

The 1st reading tells us to keep running steadily in the race that we have started and we should throw off everything that hinders us especially the sin that clings so easily onto us.

In other words, we must keep focus and not lose sight of Jesus who leads us in our faith so that with Him we will share the joy of victory.

But we must also be aware that there are many distractions that will make us lose focus on Jesus and these distractions will also cause us to doubt and to lose faith in Jesus.

In the  gospel, there were two persons who looked to Jesus in their distress. They “ran” to Him with a desperate need and hoped that their needs will be granted.

But there were obstacles and challenges and difficulties for them. The woman with the haemorrhage had to disregard public opinion and Jairus, the synagogue official, had to keeping hoping even when he was told that his daughter was dead.

But they kept focused on Jesus and believed in Him and won the race. 

May we too keep running and keep our focus on Jesus and trust in Him. He will give us the joy of victory

St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us

(Rev. Fr. Stephen Yim)

Don Bosco 

My sons, in my long experience very often I had to be convinced of this great truth. It is easier to become angry than to restrain oneself, and to threaten a boy than to persuade him. Yes, indeed, it is more fitting to be persistent in punishing our own impatience and pride than to correct the boys. We must be firm but kind, and be patient with them. See that no one finds you motivated by impetuosity or willfulness. It is difficult to keep calm when administering punishment, but this must be done if we are to keep ourselves from showing off our authority or spilling out our anger. Let us regard those boys over whom we have some authority as our own sons. Let us place ourselves in their service. Let us be ashamed to assume an attitude of superiority. Let us not rule over them except for the purpose of serving them better. This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized and still others to hope for God’s mercy. And so he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart. – from a letter by Saint John Bosco