1870: Youth a Dangerous Weapon Of  The Devil

1870: Youth a Dangerous Weapon Of  The Devil

The retreat ended on the 24th. Among the very important admonitions Don Bosco gave on this occasion were the following regarding the manner of dealing with boys: 1. Never write overly affectionate letters to them. 2. Never hold them by the hand. 3. Never embrace or kiss them. 4. Never be alone with them (in secluded spots), still less in one’s own room, regardless of the reason. 5. Never look too fondly upon them. Youth is a very dangerous weapon of the devil against persons consecrated to God. The director of Lanzo asked him privately how he should notify a boy’s parents of his expulsion from school. “Never put down in writing the boy’s fault,” Don Bosco replied. “Scripta manent.” “What should I say?” Taking a piece of paper, he wrote: “Please, come immediately. Your son cannot remain here any longer. You will be told the reason in person.” (BM IX. 443-44)

1885: Rua Vicar General

Don Bosco announced to the General Council of the Salesian Society that Father Michael Rua was appointed his Vicar General with the right of succession. This was done in accordance with the desire of Pope Leo XIII (cfr.10 and 24 October 1884). The rigorous Prefect became the good father, especially after Don Bosco had told him of his dream. The saint wanted to make his confession to Father Rua, but did not dare to, because he gave the impression of being very severe! (cfr. MB XV11, 278)

1936: Father Manuel Gomez (Spanish)

– aged 59, a salesian tor 38 years and a priest for 33 – martyred at Malaga, cause introduced on January , 16 1956. (cfr. CDB, 360)

1936: Father Anthony Pancorbo,Martyr (Spanish)

– aged 40, a salesian for 21 years and a priest for 11 – martyred at Malaga, cause introduced on January 16, 1956. (cfr. CDB, 360)

1936: Brother Stephen Garcia,Martyr (Spanish)

– aged 35 and salesian for 10 years – martyred at Malaga, cause introduced on January 16, 1956. (cfr. CDB, 360)

1936: Brother Raphel Rodriguez, Martyr (Spanish)

– aged 23 and a salesian for 3 years – martyred at Malaga. cause introduced on January 16, 1956. (cfr. CDB, 361)

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