April 24

1867: Instant cure of deaf-mute

A very wealthy couple from Marseille had consulted the finest doctors to cure their only son, a four-year-old deaf-mute who was partially crippled…Pius IX blessed the child but advised the parents to take him to Don Bosco who only a short time before had cured many in body and soul in Rome. They travelled to Turin and brought their unfortunate little son to Don Bosco. The Blessed Virgin could not let Her faithful servant down. Invoking Her, he blessed the child and, taking him by the hand, invited him to walk. The boy did so at once without any difficulty. Then Don Bosco stepped behind him and lightly clapped his hands. At the sound the young boy immediately turned around. “Now call Papa and Mamma,” Don Bosco prompted. He did so. He was cured. (BM VIII, 320)

1883: Death only when permitted

In the convent of the Visitation nuns in Paris, the old Superior, Mother Kotzka aged 70, was brought to Don Bosco for his blessing in the hope of a cure.
“Your Mother will live as long as you don’t give her permission to die!” said Don Bosco. All the sisters answered: “That permission she will never get.” Nine years later, seeing their Mother suffer so much, they allowed her to die. The death in fact, came a few days later. (cfr. MB XVI, 174ff)

1922: Father Rinaldi Rector Major

He succeeded Father Albera (+ 29th Oct. 1921). Don Bosco had foretold this election, according to the testimony of the new Rector Major’s own brother, John Baptist (+ July 31, 1934) (cfr. “Boll. Sal.” 1922, p. 114ff)

1929: Monument to Don Bosco

In the presence of Cord.  Gamba, archbishop of Turin, Philip Rinaldi, the Rector Major and the members of the General Council, a bronze status of Don Bosco was unveiled in the courtyard of Valdocco. (cfr. L’Oratorio, p. 147f)

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