Wednesday, April 1, 2009

75th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. John (Don) Bosco

On this date in 1934, St. John (Don) Bosco was canonized a saint by Pope Pius XI 75 years ago today.
t. John Bosco educated the whole person—body and soul united. He believed that Christ’s love and our faith in that love should pervade everything we do—work, study, play. For John Bosco, being a Christian was a full-time effort, not a once-a-week, Mass-on-Sunday experience. It is searching and finding God and Jesus in everything we do, letting their love lead us. Yet, John realized the importance of job-training and the self-worth and pride that comes with talent and ability so he trained his students in the trade crafts, too.

“Every education teaches a philosophy; if not by dogma then by suggestion, by implication, by atmosphere. Every part of that education has a connection with every other part. If it does not all combine to convey some general view of life, it is not education at all” (G.K. Chesterton, The Common Man).

What Chesterton says is so true. There is no such thing as a neutral position. So much garbvage is taught to young people today without any moral or ethical thinking behind it. The secular world preaches this form of neutrality, but there exists no such thing. Pray for a return to men like St. John Bosco. (thanks to

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