Sunday, January 31, 2016
Feast Day St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco
'Catholic Exchange' Saint of the Day
Happy Feast Day St. John!
John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, is most remembered for his creative ministry to impoverished youth. Through his untiring efforts, ragged and uncouth boys from the streets received schooling, housing, religious instruction, and above all, kindness. Contrary to prevailing practice, he did not believe in punishment to motivate better behavior. He said: "As far as possible avoid punishing….try to gain love before inspiring fear." It was his wish that teachers in his schools should care for their students as if they were their own children.
"There must be not hostility in our minds, no contempt in our eyes, no insult on our lips. We must use mercy for the present and have hope for the future, as is fitting for true parents who are eager for real correction and improvement. In serious matters it is better to beg God humbly than to send forth a flood of words that will only offend the listeners and have no effect on those who are guilty."
—from a letter to a teacher by Saint John Bosco