September 9

1867: Walked out without crutches

During the “Good Night” Don Bosco spoke as follows: “Our Lady’s mercies are countless. Nearly every day letters tell me of favours received from Mary, Help of Christians. Recently I received a donation of twenty-four soldli from a poor old man who hobbled into my room on a pair of crutches and walked out carrying them on his shoulders.” (BM VIII, 403)

1873: Death of Father Borel

He was a great friend and benefactor of Don Bosco. He died at the age of seventy-five after working for forty-four years at the “Refuge.” Don Bosco spoke very highly of this good priest: “Don Bosco used to say that ten good priests could not have accomplished as much as Father Borel did alone. He came to the Oratory nearly every Sunday for the afternoon instruction in catechism. Like Blessed Joseph Cafasso, he was on outstanding apostle of Turin. At his death, he did not have even enough money for his burial! Several of our own directors, then in Twin on September 9 for a conference, were his pallbearers, and the rest followed to the mortuary chapel along with the Oratory pupils, who were led by our brass band.” (BM X, 520)

1921: Death of bishop Costamagna

At the age of 12 he began his studies at the Oratory. He made his first profession in 1867 and in less than a year he was ordained a priest. In 1874 Don Bosco sent him to be the spiritual director of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. In 1877 he headed the third missionary expedition. In 1880 he was directorof San Carlos school in Buenos Aires and provincial of South America. He was a stern person. “I want sterling Salesians” was his motto. He himself set the example in promoting the genuine spirit of Don Bosco, correcting all deviations and weakness… he was consecrated bishop in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians on May 23, 1895…. In 1918, suffering from a heart condition, he ceded his post to Salesian Bishop Dominic Comin and retired to the novitiate house at Bernal, Argentina, where he died on September 9, 1921. (BM Xiv, S68)

1936: Cleric Teodulo Gonzalez, Martyr (Spanish)

– aged LS and a salesian for 7 years – martyred at Madrid, cause introduced on October 9. 1916. (cfr CDB. 343) 

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