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Marian thought for September

«Mary is the most tender mother of the human race; she is the refuge of sinners.» (St. Alphonsus of Liguori).

St. Alphonsus was born on september 27th 1696. He is considered as one of the greatest spiritual teachers, and stands out particularly for his devotion to Mary, Jesus’ mother. One of his most know books is “the Glories of Mary”. He preached and insisted greatly on God’s mercy and forgiveness. He founded the Order of our Most Holy Redeemer. He was canonised in 1839 and proclaimed “Church doctor” in 1871.

St. John Bosco

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“Love, honor, and serve Mary. Procure making Her known, loved, and honored by others. Not only will the child of this Mother not perish, but he could also aspire to a great crown in Heaven.”

St. John Bosco was born on August 16, 1815, in Becchi, 25 kilometers away from Turin. Margherita, his mother, was an extraordinary woman who educated her sons in poverty and strength of spirit. Francis, his father, died of pneumonia when John was just 2 years old. When he was 9, John Bosco had the first dream that marked the rest of his life. In it God's plans for him (his work with the youth to bring them to Jesus and Mary) were unveiled to him. His desire was to become a priest, and to that end drew people to his house on Sundays and preached to them by two pear trees. He completed his primary education at a public school near his house, and secondary school in Chieri. To pay for his studies, he had to do all kinds of jobs. Finally, he was able to gain access to studies for the priesthood. He was ordained on June 5, 1841, and celebrated his first Mass in Turin. Immediately he dedicated himself to picking up street kids to form what would later be known as the Oratories of St. Francis de Sales. To attend to them, he founded the Salesian Priests who soon spread all throughout Italy, France, and Spain. St. John Bosco loved the youth and tried to educate them, tirelessly dedicating his entire life to this end. He died on January 31, 1888.

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