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Feast Day of Saint John Bosco

Today is the feast day of Saint John Bosco, an Italian priest who died in 1888. Unlike many of the saints in the Catholic Church, he lived in a time after cameras where invented, so there are many photographs of him on the Internet and elsewhere. As you can see, from the portrait above, he had a very gentle, kindly face.

Saint John Bosco is noted for a couple of things. He is the founder of the Salesian religious order, originally founded to catechize and help poor youths in Italy. It now has thousands of priests throughout the world, who work as missionaries to spread the Gospel message of Christ. Salesians, as these missionaries are known, are found in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as North and South America.

This saint was known for his charity. If someone misbehaved, he did not believe in physical punishment, which was popular in those days. Instead, he advocated gentle correction.

Saint John Bosco was also a mystic, which means he had supernatural communications, through a series of dreams, which started when he was just a child. Later, these dreams led him to religious life and helped him persevere in the faith. The dream also helped him guide the students in his care to greater sanctity. He was particularly careful to instruct his students to always choose good companions. Otherwise, they could easily be led down the wrong path.

He is truly a saint for our times. Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

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AliCanary wrote on January 31, 2015, 4:10 PM

This is pretty cool information! I do a series that has the feast days of different saints, so it's nice to get some more in-depth information.

Kasman wrote on January 31, 2015, 4:13 PM

Indeed a good man by any definition. By the way your image credit for this post is insufficient. You should read the Rules and FAQs (especially the bits about image credits). You may also want to read this post by MaeLou on appropriate image credits. Not properly crediting images on this site runs the risk of not being paid for your work. The correct URL for the image you have shown here is:

and if you follow that link you will find all the information necessary to properly credit the image.

ologsinquito wrote on January 31, 2015, 5:30 PM

Hi Ali, the saints are so interesting. They are such good examples for us here, trying to do our best.

ologsinquito wrote on January 31, 2015, 5:32 PM

Thanks Kasman, this is my very first post, so I was unaware of this rule. I will add the link in.

AudreyHowitt wrote on February 1, 2015, 7:14 PM

He sounds like a truly gentle soul!

Magnolia wrote on February 1, 2015, 10:35 PM

thank you for your post. This is very interesting and I have never heard of him. I enjoyed this. welcome