1861 Prediction of cure
Father Provera himself wrote about his cure predicted by Don Bosco: …my condition worsened, so that by noon of the next day he (doctor) listed me as critical and suggested that I receive the last Sacraments… he (Don Bosco) said, “Look, you can either go to heaven or be cured, which do you chooser…. Then calmly I replied, “I have to think it over! Please give me two hours…”…. Don Bosco came to see me. Immediately I exclaimed, “Don Bosco, I want to go to heaven!” “It’s too late, my dear boy,” he replied. “Now you’ll have to be patient. You will get well again and will live little longer. Brace yourself for a good deal of suffering.” (BM VI, 623-625)
Provera died in 1874.
1875: Farewell to first Missionaries
All Superiors, rectors of houses, pupils of the Oratory, many relativesof missionaries and salesian cooperators were present for the ceremony. Don Bosco addressed the gathering and gave the missionaries twenty recommendations in writing. (cfr. BM XI, 348; No.364) Seek souls and not money, honours, or dignities Be kind and most courteous toward all, but shun conversations and familiarity with persons of the other sex or with persons of questionable conduct… 5. Take special care of the sick, the children, the aged, and the poor…. 16. Constantly recommend devotion to Mary Help of Christians and to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament… 20. In your labours and sufferings do not forget that a great reward is prepared for us in Heaven.” (BM XI, 364)
1925: Golden Jubilee
On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Salesian Missions, a moving function was held in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. The only survivor of the original group, Cardinal Cagliero, gave the crucifix to 150 missionaries. (cfr. “Boll.Sal.” 1925, p.316)
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