1948: Death Of Cardinal Hlond
1946: Death Of Father Hauber
Overcoming many difficulties, Joseph Hauber (Alsace) donned the clerical habit at the age of 29. When 43 years old he left for the missions in the East. Perfect observance of the rules and missionary zeal were his outstanding traits. When he was young he had a vision of St. Lawrence, bishop of Dublin, who assured him that he would become a missionary and that he would suffer much before his death. In fact, the last ten years of his life were a real calvary on account of a cancerous growth in the stomach. He died at the age of 68. (cfr. CDB. 396)
1860: Multiplication of Buns
Francis Dalmazzo entered the Oratory on this day as a student. Unable to get used to the life of the boarding school he wrote to his mother to come and take him back home. The day she came, Dalmazzo witnessed the multiplication of buns for breakfast and decided to stay on at the Oratory. He himself described the scene: There were some fifteen buns in the basket – certainly no more than twenty. Unobserved, I placed myself on a step right behind Don Bosco and alertly watched his every move as he began to distribute the bread. The boys kept filing past to get their buns from him and kissed his hand as he smiled and said a kind word to each. Each lad some four hundred – received a bun. When the distribution was over, I again peered into the basket. To my great astonishment, I saw as many buns in it as there had been before, though no other bread and no other basket had been brought up. Dumbfounded, I ran to my mother. “Let’s go” she said. “Mom,” I replied. “I’ve changed my mind. I’m staying! I’m sorry I bothered you!” Then I told her what I had seen with my own eyes. “I can’t leave this place,” I exclaimed. “It is blessed by God! Don Bosco is such a holy man!” (BM VI, 455) Near the side-door of the church of St. Francis of Sales at the Oratory, there as a slab commemorating this miracle.
1864: Banner Of Innocence
Don Bosco dreamt that he was walking with thousands of boys in an immense field at the farthest end of which was an embankment which blocked that side. The saint and the boys found themselves in front of ten hills which they had to climb. All on a sudden there appeared a triangular-shaped wagon with three wheels. The shafts supported a richly embroidered banner, carrying in large letters the inscription: ‘Innocence.’ Five hundred of the smaller boys climbed into it. Among the many thousands, only these few hundred were still innocent. Many placed themselves under another banner with the inscription ‘confes-sion’ and began to move. Don Bosco noticed that many had stayed behind in the valley and others had turned back. Besides a large number of those riding in the wagon had gradually fallen off so that a merely hundred and fifty still stood under the banner of innocence. At the eighth hill Don Bosco woke up. The saint himself gave the explanation of the dream.
The valley is this world; the bank symbolizes the obstacles we have to surmount in detaching ourselves from it; the wagon is self-evident. They oungsters on foot were those who lost their innocence hut repented of their sins.” (BM VII, 470)
1948: Death Of Cardinal Hlond
He was archbishop of Warsaw and primate of Poland. As a youngster he studied in the Oratory of Turin and did his novitiate at Foglizzo. He worked in several houses in Poland and Austria and was Provincial of Austria and Hungary. In 1922, he became Administrator Apostolic of Upper Silesia and three years later bishop of Datowice and in 1926, Primate of Poland and finally Cardinal, in 1927. His death occurred in 1948. (cfr. Obituary Letter)
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