March 14

1861: Thorns and roses

…From Fossano where he was staying for reasons of health, Don Bosco wrote to Father Alasonatti: “Things are not going well at the Oratory, especially for some boys whose names begin with ‘F’. Tell Chevalier Oreglia, Father Rua, and Turchi that we shall have to tread on thorns for a while but shall later gather most fragrant roses.” (BM VI, 504)

1869: Under the Pope’s banner

Don Bosco attended a banquet for diplomats hosted by Count Radicati, prefect of Turin. Toasts were proposed by various guests to Italian unity, to freedom, to Cavour, to the King, to Garibaldi and so on. Don Bosco was called upon to offer a toast. He stood up calmly and said:

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