Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31: Saint John Bosco

St. John Bosco

History

Beginning at the age of nine, John Bosco started having dreams that told him what God’s will for him. But his family laughed at him when he told them about his dreams, and his grandmother said he shouldn’t pay attention to dreams. But in time, John found himself working with a group of poor, loud, naughty boys. Trying to help them was really hard work and sometimes it seemed like John wasn’t doing any good at all. When priests and other friends gave up on John’s work, God would send him an encouraging dream.

Activity

When Saint John Bosco was young, he learned how to juggle and do magic tricks to catch the attention of children. Once they were listening to him, he would teach them about Jesus and take them to Mass. Here’s a magic trick that you can learn – a rope is cut in half and then knotted together, and then it becomes perfectly whole again. It’s a lot like when Jesus saves us from our sin and makes us whole again.

Saint John Bosco, pray for us!

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