Inspiring Quotes from St. John Bosco

Do you have boys?

Do you guide/teach them?

This is another holy saint to admire, pray for him to intercede for the young men in your life!

"My life experience has been that only the practice of religion can assure concord in families and the happiness of those who live in this valley of tears."

"Be brave and try to detach your heart from worldly things. Do your utmost to banish darkness from your mind and come to understand what true, selfless piety is. Through confession, endeavor to purify your heart of anything which may still taint it. Enliven your faith, which is essential to understand and achieve piety."

"All past persecutors of the Church are now no more, but the Church still lives on. The same fate awaits modern persecutors; they, too, will pass on, but the Church of Jesus Christ will always remain, for God has pledged His Word to protect Her and be with Her forever, until the end of time."

"Willingly suffer a bit for God Who suffered so much for you."

"[To teenagers]
Look, you will soon face a dangerous crisis; the devil will try to ensnare you. To start with, he will tell you that frequent Communion is good for children, not for adults, and that once in a great while is quite enough for you. Then he will do his best to keep you from sermons by making you feel bored by God’s words. He will convince you that certain things are not sinful. Then you’ll have to tussle with friends and what they might say, with [dangerous] readings, with your own passions, and so on. Be on your guard. Do not let the devil rob you of that peace of mind and purity of soul which makes you God’s friends!"

"[To the directors of the houses]
Your mortification should be your diligence in doing your duties and in putting up with the annoyances of others."

"Guard your eyes since they are the windows through which sin enters the soul."

"There are plenty of ways to practice mortification! Just patiently endure cold, heat, sickness, troubles, people, happenings, and so forth."

"My dear sons, assist at Mass as true and devout Christians, with such modesty and recollection that nothing may distract you. Let your mind and heart be intent solely on honoring God."

"If we want to have a good society, we must concentrate all our forces on the Christian education of the young. Experience has taught me that if we wish to sustain civil society then we should take good care of the young."

"Remember that good confessions and good Communions are the first steps to a sound education."

"If young people are educated properly, we have moral order; if not, vice and disorder prevail. Religion alone can initiate and achieve a true education."


Watch this movie of him. It's great! You won't regret it! It's available on NETFLIX.


Jamie Jo said...

He's a favorite of ours! Because he had those special dreams, the girls always HAVE to have us pray at night "St John Bosco, please surround these girls beds with Angels and Saints and help them to dream happy dreams about Jesus!"

Allison said...

Love that, Jamie. His dream about the pope on a boat (navigating the Catholic CHurch) in a storm to get in between the pillar of the Eucharist and the pillar of Our Lady is so powerful!

Tell me more about this prayer at bedtime. I promised some to a friend who has a son with nightmares.

Christine said...

Your posts are always so helpful.

YOUR BLOG ROCKS!!!! Mine is so goofy. Thankfully I can come here!

Tabatha said...

Re-add my facebook. I can't find you and I miss your inspiration! (I'd have added this in an email but couldn't quite figure that out lol)

Mom2Seven said...

Another great, informative post! God bless!

Lisa Boyle said...

Thank you for such a wonderful post! I love St. John Bosco! The film about his life was amazing. A quote of his that my children used on a craft we made yesterday was "Pray when it is time to pray. Study when it is time to study. Play when it is time to play. Show kindness to everyone you meet. But do it all for the love of Jesus." St. John Bosco, pray for us!

Allison said...

Christine - I love your blog! Thank you for your constant support. You too, Mom2Seven!!

Lisa, I love what you did with your kids!

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