JAN 31, ST. JOHN BOSCO - FRIEND OF THE YOUTH
Pray for Catholic Youth!
On January 31 the Church honors the Memorial of St. John Bosco-Friend of the Youth. He was called "Apostle of Youth" because he dedicated his life to the young people by organizing youth clubs, hostels, and boarding schools where he taught them. He founded the Salesian Society for the boys in 1854 which was named St. Francis de Sales. In 1872 he also founded the Salesian Sisters called Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians to work for girls.
St. John Bosco had no formal system or theory of education. His methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity, and love for young people. He was an enlightened educator and innovator. The educational philosophy of John Bosco can be condensed in three words: reason, religion, and kindness. The basic principle of his system was a deep understanding and love for young people and their problems.
Saint of the WeekJanuary 31
St. John Bosco is considered as the saint of the youth. Founder of Salesian Society, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales. His lifework was the welfare of young boys and girls, hence his title, "Apostle of Youth." His methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity, and love for young people. He was an enlightened educator and innovator. Pope John Paul II named him "teacher and father to the young."
At age 14, he really wanted to be a priest because he wants the youth to understand their faith. He served a priest for its morning masses and the priest taught John Bosco Latin. But the young John Bosco needed to stop his lessons with the priest because he needed to work in a farm to help their family for a living. But he did not stop dreaming of becoming a priest until one day his uncle brought him to a school where he can fulfill his dream.
He is a patron saint of apprentices; boys; editors; young people; laborers; students and young people.
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SAINT JOHN BOSCO
Today, in almost every nation of the world, the oratories of Don
Bosco are flourishing. In them can be found the most up-to-date
attractions and encouragements for every form of religious and social
activity. They are equipped to meet the needs of the times and the
new needs of souls. Their flourishing and their success are, however,
conditioned by their fidelity or otherwise to the spirit of the
The fulfillment of his ambitious programs demanded helpers. These
he sought and found among generous clerical and lay co-operators.
He formed them, too, from the best of his boys, inspiring them with
something of his own dynamic zeal and sense of apostolate. Thus
was he able to register consoling successes even before he had at
his disposal the help of his religious family, the Salesian Society.
A training ground for apostolic souls. Such is the Salesian Oratory.
It provides a golden opportunity for Salesians, for clergy and for
laity, in the service of God and of youth.
About St. John Bosco
Vision of St. Bosco
St. Bosco Biography
St. Bosco Oratory Project
St. Bosco Dreams
St. Bosco Ressurection
OF THE SAINTS
ALL SAINTS' DAY
This feast day grew out of the love and devotion of God's people.
ALL SOULS' DAY
This feast day is one of the most loving celebrations in all the Church's liturgy.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES
St. Martin was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO
St. Charles lived in the sixteenth century. He was the son of a rich Italian count.
St. Bertilla lived in the seventh century. The first biography of her life appeared in Latin in the year 800.
ST. THEOPHANE VENARD
St. Theophane, he holy French priest, dreamed of being a martyr even as a youngster.
St. Willibrord was born in England in 658.
St. Godfrey lived in the twelfth century. He received his education from the monks of Mont-Saint-Quentin. Godfrey became a monk and a priest.
ST. THEODORE TIRO
St. Theodore lived in the third century.
ST. LEO THE GREAT
St. Leo, a Roman, lived in the fifth century. At the death of Pope Sixtus, he became pope.
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS
St. Martin, the soldier saint lived in the fourth century.
St. Josaphat was born in the Ukraine and baptized John in 1580.
ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI
St. Frances was born on July 15, 1850. As a child growing up in Italy, she dreamed about being a missionary to China.
ST. LAWRENCE O'TOOLE
St. Lawrence was born in Ireland in 1128. He was the son of a chief.
ST. ALBERT THE GREAT
St. Albert lived in the thirteenth century. He was born in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia (southwest Germany).
ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND
St. Margaret was an English princess born in 1046.
St. Gertrude entered a convent in Saxony when she was very young.
ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
St. Elizabeth, the daughter of the king of Hungary was born in 1207.
ST. ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE
St. Rose labored for Jesus in the United States. She was born into a wealthy French family in 1769.
St. Nerses lived in fourth-century Armenia. He was an official in the court of King Arshak.
St. Edmund was an English king who lived in the ninth century.
PRESENTATION OF MARY
When she was only three years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken to the Temple.
St. Cecilia, the patroness of music lived in early times. What we know about her goes back to the fourth century.
St. Columban, the most famous of the Irish missionary-monks, lived in the seventh century.
BLESSED MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO
Blessed Miguel Pro was born in Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1891. He was destined to become a martyr of the twentieth century.
ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS
Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to Vietnam during the sixteenth century.
ST. CATHERINE LABOURE
St. Catherine was born Zoe Laboure in 1806. She was the daughter of a French farmer.
ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA
St. Catherine lived in early Christian times. She was the daughter of a wealthy pagan couple of Alexandria, Egypt.
ST. JOHN BERCHMANS
St. John, the Belgian saint once said, "If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one.
ST. JAMES INTERCISUS
St. James was a Persian who lived in the fifth century. He was a great favorite of King Yezdigerd I.
BLESSED FRANCIS ANTHONY OF LUCERA
Blessed Francis born in 1681, was nicknamed Johnny as a child. He was the son of an Italian farmer.
St. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist.
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Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?