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"MARIA AUSILIATRICE" MAGAZINE
AUSILIATRICE" on the INTERNET: www.donbosco-torino.it/ita
ORIGIN OF THE "MARIA AUSILIATRICE" MAGAZINE
The celebration of Mary help of Christians.
And it was on that day at Valdocco, that a new monthly magazine
was born, entitled
It was the
wish of a great Salesian with a strong devotion to the Madonna
- the Rector Major, the Blessed Filippo Rinaldi.
how he himself presented the birth of the new magazine to the
many devotees of Mary Help of Christians:
To the devotees of
Mary the Most Holy Helper of Christians,
been a great deal of demand for a periodical that dealt only
with Mary the Most Holy Helper of Christians and her Sanctuary
This has come from many of her devotees that live far away, moved
by the desire to draw further from the fortunate centre of the
Help of Christian's marvels.
the inspiration and apostolic force of the young in their remote
countries and ask their neighbours, those attending church, why
there is not a voice to publicise the Marian glory of which they
are a part and happy witness.
To all of
them it seemed inconceivable that, with almost every sanctuary
in the world having their own periodical, their was still not
one for the Sanctuary of Mary the Help of Christians, in recent
times, wanted built here in Valdocco for the work of her apostle
In a dream,
his ears rang to the comforting words: "Haec Domus mea:
hinc gloria mea! Here is my house, from here comes my glory",
and this was repeated with ever growing intensity.
It was almost
as if to instil in the soul that here, we are really in the House
of Mary and that, therefore, with words amd work, we must make
sure that her glory radiates out without interruption all over
the world to save souls.
These words contain
the whole aim of our magazine, written in the very House of the
Madonna of Don Bosco so that, little by little, it brings and
makes the glory of her powerful help, in public and private need,
glow everywhere, in all its splendour. The universal need to
invoke Mary is not particular, but general
powerful Mother bless the writers and collaborators so that our
work is not in vain. Oh devotees of Mary Help of Christians,
we recommend this magazine to your judgement. Yours in the name
of Jesus, Fr. Filippo Rinaldi
Unfortunately after a few years,
the magazine's publication ceased.
we come to 1980
to Valdocco two times. His meeting with the young in Piazza Maria
Ausiliatrice is unforgettable.
many subjects raised by the grace of this visit was the reissue
of the magazine. This reappeared, over the following months in
a bi-monthly format that after two years, became monthly.
THE TITLE MARIA 'AUSILIATRICE'
does Mary have the title HELP OF CHRISTIANS?
confided this one day to one of his first Salesians, Fr Cagliero,
a great missionary in Latin America and a Cardinal.
"Our Lady wants
us to honour her under the title of Help of Christians.
The times are so sad
that we need the Holy Virgin to help us preserve and defend the
Help of Christians, was not invented by Don Bosco nor was it
the result of his great devotion to Mary. It had already existed
in Loreto literny since the 16th century.
Pius VII began the celebration of Mary Help of Christians in
1814 and fixed its
date on 24th May.
"From her high seat of glory she
casts down her maternal gaze and says: I live on the highest
throne of glory to enrich those that love me with blessings and
fill their treasuries with celestial favours. For this reason
and since her Assumption in heaven, there has been the constant
and uninterrupted flow of Christians to Mary. I have never heard,
says St Bernard, of anyone going to this merciful Virgin with
faith and not being answered."
It is thanks
to Don Bosco and the construction of the Shrine of Mary Help
of Christians, that the title of Help of Christians returned
to the Church.
himself recommended his Salesians, in any part of the world,
to go and propagate devotion to Our Lady, with the title of Help
That is why, today,
one talks of Mary Help of Christians as the Madonna of Don Bosco.
this wish, or better recommendation, of Don Bosco, to spread
devotion to Mary under the title of Help of Christians, the 'MARIA AUSILIATRICE' MAGAZINE
was born, continuing
today with its monthly publication.
'MARIA AUSILIATRICE' ....TO DAY
It is 'produced'
near the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Torino-Valdocco,
a desire of Don Bosco to honour the Mother of Jesus who, as he
often said, was the inspiration, supporter and maternal help
in every one of his works to help the young.
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