Every year the week before St. John Bosco’s feast I read a book about his life to the kids. The book we’ve enjoyed for several years now is Saint for the Young; The Story of St. John Bosco by Sr. Elizabeth Schmidt, FMA, published by Don Bosco Publications. At 34 pages it is just the right length to give more than an overview and share some of the great stories of the saints early life, priesthood and founding of the Salesian order.
Saint John Bosco is one of many saints that helped others become saints. St. Dominic Savio was one of “Don Bosco’s boys.” He came to the oratory that Don Bosco founded and learned a trade along with his faith. He died at age 15 and was canonized shortly thereafter. Both St. John Bosco and St. Dominic Savio are patrons of youth. Today let us ask their intercession for all children especially orphans.