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A fifteen-year-old boy in Turin, Italy was about to die. He called for Don Bosco, but the saint was not able to make it in time. Another priest heard the boy's confession and the boy died. 

St John BoscoWhen Don Bosco returned to Turin, he set out at once to see the boy. 

When told that the boy was dead, he insisted that it was "just a misunderstanding."

After a moment of prayer in the room of the dead child, Don Bosco suddenly cried out: "Charles! Rise!"

 

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To the utter amazement of all present, the boy stirred, opened his eyes, and sat up. Seeing Don Bosco, his eyes lit up.

"Father, I should now be in Hell!" gasped the boy. "Two weeks ago I was with a bad companion who led me into sin and at my last confession, I was afraid to tell everything… Oh, I've just come out of a horrible dream! I dreamt I was standing on the edge of a horrible pit of flames surrounded by a horde of devils.

They were about to throw me into the flames when a beautiful Lady appeared and stopped them. 'There's still hope for you, Charles,' she told me. 'You have not yet been judged!' 

St John Bosco at Charles' death bed

At that moment I heard you calling me. Oh, Don Bosco! What a joy to see you again! Will you please hear my confession?"

After hearing the boy's confession, Don Bosco said to the boy, "Charles, now that the gates of Heaven lie wide open for you, would you rather go there or stay here with us?"

The boy looked away for a moment and his eyes grew moist with tears. An expectant hush fell over the room. "Don Bosco," he said at last, "I'd rather go to Heaven."

The mourners watched in amazement as Charles leaned back on the pillows, closed his eyes, and settled once more into the stillness of death.

 


 From Saint John Bosco, Blessed Friend of Youth, p. 184-185

 

 

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DAILY QUOTE for August 24, 2019

But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable...

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August 24

 But above all preserve peace of heart.
This is more valuable than any treasure.
In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than
renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the Divine Heart.
In this way His will can carry out for us whatever contributes to His glory, and
we will be happy to be His subjects and to trust entirely in Him.

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


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According to the Gospel of Saint John, Bartholomew was from Cana in Galilee and was among the apostles in the boat when Jesus appeared on the shores of the Sea of Tiberius after His resurrection. The apostles had been fishing all night, and had caught nothing for their efforts. An unknown man on shore called for them to cast out the net again, and they obeying Him, caught so many fish that the net was in danger of breaking with the weight of the catch. They soon realized it was Jesus, and He called to them to come into the shore.

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Now this good priest became quite ill. When he was given up by his physicians, and was going to breathe his last, he saw a beautiful Lady by his side. She consoled him with her words, and with a handkerchief gently wiped the sweat from his brow.

With this, the priest was miraculously cured.

When he found himself well, he said: "But, my Lady, who are you who practice such charity towards me?" "I am she," answered Mary, "whose tears you have so often dried,” and she disappeared.

From the Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

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