As spiritual inheritors of the legacy of St Mary Mazzarello and St John Bosco we, the Salesian Sisters, look to our founder and foundress for an example of Salesian holiness and spirituality. By carefully learning from their lives and virtues we are each able to our own particular type of Salesian sanctity.
St John Bosco:
Act today in such a way that you need not blush tomorrow.
Take courage and pray; your guardian angel will also pray for you, and your prayers will be answered. Pray to your guardian angel. Invoke his aid if you should find yourself in any serious danger of body or soul, and I assure you that he will help and protect you.
Were it not for the Blessed Virgin and the Blessed Sacrament, the world would now be in ruins. Those who want to work in the light – that is, along the way to heaven – must draw closer to these two sources of light, or at least one of them. Those who walk away from them move in darkness and in the shadow of death. (Luke 1:79)
We envy the shepherds who went to visit the grotto of Bethlehem to see Him, kissed His little hand, and offered Him their gifts. “Lucky shepherds!” we exclaim. And yet there is no reason to envy them, for their fortune is ours, too. The same Jesus they visited in the grotto is in our tabernacle. The only difference is that the shepherds saw Him with the eyes of the body, whereas we see Him with the eyes of faith. Nothing will please Him more than our frequent visits to Him.
If a well-known and trustworthy person were to go to a public square and tell all the idlers loitering there that on a certain hill they would find a gold mine and could take all they wanted, do you think anyone would shrug his shoulders and say he did not care? They’d be dashing there as fast as they could! Well, now, doesn’t the tabernacle hold the most precious treasure ever to be found on earth or in heaven? Unfortunately, there are many who cannot see it because they are blind. Yet our faith unerringly tells us that endless riches are to be found there. People sweat and toil to make money, and yet, in the tabernacle dwells the Lord of the universe. He will grant you what you ask, if you really need it.
No poison is more fatal to youth than bad literature. More than ever today, [bad] books are to be feared because of their abundance and disguise. If you value your soul, do not read them unless you have your confessor’s approval or the advice of other learned, pious persons. I repeat – learned and pious.
What a wonderful earthly paradise this house of ours would be, how many acts of virtue the angels would admire, how many more blessings God would bestow upon us, and how happy the Blessed Virgin would be if we all resolve to be pleasant, helpful, understanding, and forgiving for the sake of charity.
I want no long-faced saints.
[When speaking of public scandals:] Don’t be surprised at anything. People and waywardness go hand in hand. The Church has nothing to fear because even if all were to conspire to overthrow Her, the Holy Spirit would still uphold Her.
As long as you do not fear avoiding bad companions, consider yourself to be in serious danger. In fact, fear that you are bad yourself.
Have you fallen into sin again? Don’t be discouraged. Immediately go to confession once more and with the proper disposition. The confessor has received from God Himself the power to forgive your sins, not only seven times, but seventy times seven [times]. Cheer up then, have trust and make a firm resolution [to not sin again]. God will not despise a contrite and humble heart.
Be brave, do not be led by what others think or say!
[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 piece of mind and purity of soul which makes you God’s friends!
I exhort the students to use earthly knowledge as a stepping stone to heavenly things – virtue and its practice.
Enjoy yourselves as much as you like, if only you keep away from sin.
Prayer is necessary for our vocation. If we avoid praying well or do not pray at all, we are seriously endangering our holy vocation.
The Blessed Virgin is our foundress. She will also be our support.