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DON BOSCO AND THE YOUNG
*** "It is enough
for you to be young for me to love you very much."
*** "For you I study, for you I work, for you I live and for you I am willing to give my life."
*** "I want to give you the formula for sanctity: first, be happy; second, study and pray; third, do good to everyone."
is a proven fact that the most valid supports for youngsters
are the sacraments of confession and communion."
*** "Young people must not only be loved; but they must know they are loved. He who knows he is loved and he who loves obtains everything, especially from the young."
*** "We aim to form honest citizens and good Christians."
*** "Only a Christian
can successfully apply the Preventive System. It is totally based
on reason, religion and kindness."
*** "In matters that
are for the good of young people at risk, or that serve to win
souls for God, I run ahead to the point of rashness."
DON BOSCO AND OUR LADY
reasons we have for devotion to Our Lady are: Mary is the holiest
of all creatures
*** "Mary doesn't do things by half."
*** "Mary our Help has obtained, and always obtains, special, amazing and miraculous graces for those who strive to give a Christian education to young people at risk by their actions, by their advice, by their good example or simply by their prayer."
*** "Mary wants the real thing and not appearances." "The one who trusts in Mary will never be disappointed."
*** "Mary is our guide, our teacher, our mother."
most holy has always made herself a mother for us."
*** "Mary assures us that if we are devoted to her she will count us among her children, cover us with her mantle and shower us with blessings in this world so as to gain heaven for us."
*** "Mary is God's mother and our mother, powerful and holy, who ardently desires to shower us with heavenly favours."
*** "In this world
it's as if we are in a stormy sea, in exile, in a vale of tears.
Mary is the Star of the Sea, the comfort in our exile, the light
that shows us the way to heaven drying our tears."
*** "Mary most holy protects those who love her in all their needs, but she protects them especially at the hour of death."
*** "Human mothers never abandon their children. So it is with Mary, who loves her children so much in life with such tenderness and such kindness, that she will not fail to protect them in their last moments when the need is greatest."
*** "Love, honour, serve Mary. Work to make her known, loved and honoured by others. Not only will a son who has honoured this mother not perish, but he will even be able to hope for a great crown in heaven."
*** "It is almost impossible to go to Jesus unless we go through Mary."
DON BOSCO AND PRAYER
one who prays applies himself to the most important thing of
for a priest is like water for a fish, air for a bird, a spring
for a deer."
wins the heart of God."
*** "In conversations,
games and other pastimes occasionally raise your mind to Our
Lord offering those actions to him."
DON BOSCO AND WORK
*** "Let us look for
much work to do much good."
for the Lord: heaven pays everything."
*** "Sanctify your
work with the right intention, with acts of union with Our Lord
and Our Lady and by doing the best you can."
*** "Man is born to
work and only he who works lovingly and diligently finds work
*** "Don Bosco is
Italy's treasure" (Pope Pius IX).
Bosco is a man of legend" (Victor Hugo).
*** "I've always loved Don Bosco very much for his mission among the young". (Sister Lucia of Fatima).
*** "Saint John Bosco was "Father and Teacher of the young". His particular secret was that of never deluding the profound aspirations of the young". (John Paul II, 31st January 1988)
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