4 Timeless Bits of Wisdom from the Amazing St. John Bosco, Patron Saint of Youth

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St. John Bosco lived a life of great virtue and patience.

He spent much of his time on earth ministering to young people, which quickly earned him the title of patron saint of youth after the Catholic Church declared him a saint.

Here are four timeless bits of wisdom from the amazing Saint John Bosco:

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1) “Your mortification should be your diligence in doing your duties and in putting up with the annoyances of others.”

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2) “Do not put off till tomorrow the good you can do today. You may not have a tomorrow.”

3) “Carry your cross on your back and take it as it comes, small or large, whether from friends or enemies and of whatever wood it be made.”

4) “Guard your eyes since they are the windows through which sin enters the soul.”

Here’s a novena prayer for his intercession:

Father and Teacher of the Young

In need of special help,
I appeal with confidence to you, Saint John Bosco,
for I require not only spiritual graces, but also temporal ones, and particularly…

(add your personal intentions here)

May you, who on earth had such great devotion
to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary Help of Christians,
and who always had compassion for those who were suffering,
obtain from Jesus and His Heavenly Mother the grace I now request,
and also a sincere resignation to the Will of God.

(Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)

According to EWTN, “Fr. Don Bosco was a dedicated priest who took on blood-thirsty revolutionaries, the Italian government, and his own archbishop in his quest to rescue the homeless children of Turin. This heroic priest’s undying belief in the boys he sought to help inspired them to fulfill their potential in the Catholic Faith. Don Bosco’s lifelong effort to save the children of the street became the foundation of the Salesians, one of the largest child care networks in the world.”

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St. John Bosco, pray for us!

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[See also: Feeling Depressed? Try St. John Bosco’s 6 Beautiful Ways to Ensure Happiness]

[See also: “Mama Bosco”: Why St. John Bosco’s Amazing Mother Is on the Path to Sainthood]

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Caroline Perkins is the Brand Content Editor at Church POP. She lives in Denver with her husband and three children. She is also founder and designer of Be Still By Caroline and the author of "ABC Get to Know the Saints with Me!".

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