March 15

1875: Diversity of vocations Don

Bosco recounted the Mowing dream: I seemed to be standing in a garden near a fruit tree…heavy with three kinds of fruit: figs, peaches and pears…a strong wind arose…some came up and said, “hurry, pluck the fruit!”… began to sort out the good fruit, making three separate stacks in my basket…The stranger then said: “the figs are for the bishops. the pears are for you, the peaches are for South Africa”…”Co urage, bravo, bravo well done, bravo!” I woke up; and the dream made such a deep impression on me that I cannot get it out of my mind. (BM XI, 22-23)
The hailstones that hit Don Bosco’s shoulders meant the difficulties he would have to encounter from two bishops.

1939: The Cause of Luigi Guanella

The process for the beatification and canonization of Luigi Guanella who joined the Salesian Congregation as a diocesan priest and left later, was introduced. He founded two religious Institutes: The Daughters of Our Lady of Divine Providence and the Servants of Charity. He died on October 24, 1915. He was beatified on in 1964. (cfr. CDB, 108)

1951: Death of Servant of God Artemide Zatti

He was born at Boretto (Italy) in 1880. The family migrated to Argentina in 1897 and settled down near a salesian house. He joined the aspirantate in 1900. Later on he got sick and was brought to the salesian Hospital of Viedma. The rector, Father Garrone, told him, “If you promise to devote your entire life to the care of the sick, I promise you in the name of Mary Help of Christians that you will be cured.” The contract was made, Zatti got all right and never left the hospital ever since. In 1908 he made his profession and from 1911 he was the director of the hospital. For thirty long years he carried out his duties with a great spirit of sacrifice and died on March 15, 1951. His cause was introduced at Viedma in 1980. (cfr. CDR 109)

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