'Friend of the Young'
So the BiCentary celebrations have begun and being part of a pilgrimage from the GBR Province I have just spent our first full day at Colle Don Bosco, the place of Don Bosco's birth, about an hours drive from Turino. Today was the day to get to know the young Don Bosco, his life and his family. You can read book after book about Don Bosco but to actually stand where he lived and listen to people who had so much knowledge about him. So much more real and fulfilling. Several times my mind wondered, several times my mind wanderd and thought about St Bernadette and the similarities between the two saints. How they both came from very humble backgrounds, both families removed from their homes and had to lived in cramp accomodation, and finally both of them lived in a beautiful part of their country surrounded by mountains. Mama Margaret (Don Bosco's Mum) what a woman! You knew by listening that she was a loving mother and taught don bosco well until he was twelve years of age. Her prescious advice to her son was 'learn the joy of praying, sharing and self sacrifice' we were fortunate to celebrate mass in Don Bosco's temple, Fr Martin's words and beautiful singing had me close to tears. We all joined in, in a group photo before having lunch. A few of our 'Younger' pilgrims decided to join in with the French youth dancing. I was able to take a few photos of this joyful gathering. After lunch I went in search of the souvenir shop to see what they had on offer, but to also take part in the challenge Soo set. I think I did good! Final prayer session in the lower Bascilica but before this I was able to have a look round. Behind the sanctuary is a relic of Don Bosco. It was an ideal oppotunity for me to say a few personal prayers. My day today has been such a wonderful experience and I cannot wait for tomorrow to learn about the great St John Bosco!