January 18

 1849: Death of Anthony Bosco

His stepbrother, Anthony, who now and then came to the Oratory to visit Mamma Margaret and Don Bosco, died rather suddenly on January 18, after a brief illness….Despite Anthony’s past opposition, Don Bosco had never forgone a chance to show his sincere affection for him…he took over the care of his two sons. (BM HI, 335)

1887: Attachment to the Pope

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Leo Xill’s priestly ordination, Don Bosco declared: “The salesians will always follow the Pope, even as a private doctor!” (cfr. MB XVIII, 277).

1888: Love for the Missions

During his sickness Don Bosco told Bishop Cagliero: “Let those who desire graces from Mary Help of Christians, help the missions and they will be heard.” (MB XVIII, 525)

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