February 24

1865: Visits to the Blessed Sacrament

Don Bosco narrated a dream he had a few days earlier while he was the guest of the Bishop of Cuneo. He saw the boys of the Oratory, some of whom were seriously wounded by a monster. As I crossed into the waiting room, a horrid monster burst in from the outer door….advanced straight forward like a beast about to spring on its victim…many of you were lying on the ground, seemingly dead…There are two things the devil is deadly afraid of fervent communion and frequent visits to the Bl. Sacrament. Do you want Our Lord to grant you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to grant only a few? Visit Him but seldom. Do you want the devil to attack you? Rarely visit the Blessed Sacrament. Do you want the devil to flee from you? Visit Jesus often. Do you want to overcome the devil? Take refuge at Jesus’ feet. Do you want to be overcome by the devil? Give up visiting Jesus. (BM VIII, 32)

1880: Read consciences

At Marseille Don Bosco heard the confession of a man of 56. Then he asked him:
“Have you forgotten to confess such and such a sin…?” He reminded him of all the circumstances, including his age, eighteen at the time…he declared he had really forgotten that sin and that he had enough proof that Don Bosco was a saint. (13M xiv, 333)

1883: Forced rest

At Nice while crossing a bridge, Don Bosco fell into the water. He came home in a carriage. Since no spare cassock was available in the house. the rector of the house requested Don Bosco to go to bed while his cassock was drying. The Saint felt very happy at the poverty of the house. Thus he could take a few hours of forced rest. As soon as his friends came to know of this they got him whatever he needed. (cfr. MB XVI, 39)

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