OF ST. BOSCO
It is belived that Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope that was being
mentioned in this vision of St. John Bosco.
May 30, 1862, Don Bosco recounted that, in a dream, he had seen
an immense sea, on which a great many ships were arranged for
battle, against a larger and taller ship. He also saw others which
were defending the tall ship. Here are his words: "In the
midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance
apart, soar high into the sky. One is surmounted by a statue of
the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads:
'Auxilium Christianorum,' ('Help of Christians'). The other, far
loftier and sturdier, supports a Host of Proportionate size, and
bears beneath it the inscription: 'Salus credentium,' ('Salvation
of believers'). "The flagship commander the Roman Pontiff
standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his ship between
the two columns, from whose summit hang many anchors, and strong
hooks linked to chains. The entire enemy fleet closes in, to intercept
and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything
they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons.
The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship
again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted,
it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a
gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the
two columns instantly seals the gash.
"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; firearms and beaks fall
to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In a blind fury,
the enemy takes to hand to hand combat, cursing and blaspheming.
Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped
up, but, struck a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises
from the enemy, and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no
sooner is the Pope dead, than another takes his place. The captains
of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly, that the news of
the Pope's death coincides with that of his successor's election.
The enemy's self assurance wanes.
"Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his
ships safely between the two columns; first, to the one surmounted
by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the
Virgin. At this point, something unexpected happens. The enemy
ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other.
"Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside
their flagship, are the first to tie up at the two columns. Many
others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand
still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish
under the waves. Then they, too, head for the two columns, tie
up at the swinging hooks, and ride safe and tranquil beside their
flagship. A great calm now covers the sea."
SBB. (Memoirs, Vol. Vll, 107-108.)
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?