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Religion St. Dominic Savio – If I don’t be.e a Saint, I have ac.plished nothing! Now, when we are living in a time when children are killing children, when children cannot pray in school, when children’s favorite toys and video games are of violence and horror, witchcraft and satanism, it is time for them to learn about a teen-ager who strove for and achieved Sainthood; it is time for Saint Dominic Savio. In the year 1950, one teen-ager-Maria Goretti, age twelve was canonized and another-Dominic Savio, age fifteen was beatified. Then in 1954 Dominic Savio was canonized. Did the Lord in His wisdom raise up these two young people to Sainthood to .bat the hedonistic philosophy that would pervade the world and the Church, beginning in the 60’s? I have a need to ask why we in the Church were not told about these strong, holy role models. In a time when we parents were struck dumb and .pletely helpless, watching our young drop before our eyes, from drug overdoses, why did we not know about these Saints? Why were our children not being taught in Catholic schools and C.C.D. programs about Saints such as these? Why were these Saints withheld from us, Saints we could hold up to our young, as a contrast to the drug-infested culture of death that was being fostered through catchy music? Well, we are taking full responsibility for our young, our right and obligation, as we read in Vatican Council II’s Document on Christian Education. There are eight difference references to the rights of parents as primary teachers in this document. The title of the book from which this excerpt was taken is entitled Holy Innocence, The Young and the Saintly; it could very well be entitled Heroes and Heroines because that is what we are about, bringing you Heroes and Heroines for today, to .bat the sick role models being forced on us by the secular world. Man has always needed role models to emulate. Because our young have not grown up learning about the Saints, they have sought and found heroes in the mire of this world’s decadence. This young role model, Dominic Savio, is to let our young know that they are precious and born to be.e Saints. We, the Mystical Body of Christ, are reclaiming our young, the future of our Church, our country, our world. We ask our young to look into the mirror which Jesus holds up to them, to see themselves as Jesus sees them. This story is not for them to be another Dominic Savio, but to be.e unique Saints of their own. We want them to know that they have an opportunity to touch lives, just as Dominic did. He, like them, had the trials and tribulations, the temptations and battles our young encounter today, as they journey through this life to eternal life. We often speak of clusters, God putting people together to do His Will, not only for a particular time and place, but for all time and every place. Saints beget Saints. One of the biographies we referred to, to bring you this powerful holy young Saint, was written by none other than Saint John Bosco, a Saint who had a great impact and involvement in the life of young Dominic Savio, as well as other Saints, some unheralded. I believe that this true story of Dominic Savio is to challenge the youth of today, with these words of St. John Bosco in the preface: "If a .panion of mine, at my own age, living right here, open to the same, if not bigger, dangers, still found time and means to keep himself a true follower of Jesus Christ, why can’t I do the same? But bear well in mind that real religion is not made up of only words; we must .e to deeds. On reading something you admire, don’t be content to say, "How nice! I like that!" Say, "I want to strive for those achievements which I most admire in others!" Out of the muck and mire, a rose blooms Dominic was born of very poor but holy peasant stock, one of ten children. Right from his earliest years, Dominic showed clear signs of piety. His parents said he never gave them cause for the slightest worry, was always obedient and thoughtful of their feelings. At barely four years of age, he swiftly learned his prayers, and could be observed reciting them alone, morning, noon and night. Deeply attached to his mother, he only left her side to go to a small hideaway where he could continue praying unnoticed. He never began eating without saying Grace. One day, his family unwittingly began eating without first having prayed. Little Dominic cried out, "Daddy, we haven’t asked God to bless our meal yet." He then proceeded to make the Sign of the Cross and began the prayer the family always recited before eating. All joined in, and after they finished eating, they said the Angelus (as was their custom, morning, noon and night). On another occasion, a guest at their dinner table began eating without first saying Grace. Young Dominic rose and left the table, retiring to a corner of the room. When he was later questioned, as to his strange behavior, he said, "I didn’t dare sit at table with someone who eats like an animal." In his biography of this little Saint, Don Bosco speaks not only of the extraordinary Grace bestowed upon Dominic, but attributed much of his virtuous life to his parents and their tireless .mitment to bring him the treasures of the Church. Their example, their daily, ongoing living out of the Faith, their praying the Rosary and the Angelus as a family, their devout attendance at Mass, their fidelity to the Sacraments, their faithful teaching of the Catechism, bringing Dominic the stark reality of sin with its ultimate destruction of the soul, and the luminous rays of piety with its eternal reward in Heaven, molded him into the Saint he would be.e. Father John Zucca said of his pupil, Dominic, that the first time he saw him was when the lad was five years old. As was his custom, Dominic was kneeling on the ground in front of the Church door, waiting for it to open. This was not an isolated case. He could be seen, every morning, praying, his eyes and heart zeroed in on something, or was it Someone, beyond the heavy doors. It was of no consequence if the ground was muddy and wet from the pouring rain, Dominic knelt and prayed until the church opened. So often we see little boys who live to serve as Altar Servers, lose their awe and wonder of serving the Mass when they grow older. It was not so with Dominic, who from five years of age reverently served. His life was to attend Daily Mass, so when he was not Altar server, he still devoutly participated in the Mass, adoring his Lord Who was .ing to life on the Altar of Sacrifice. Dominic partakes of the Bread of Angels He loved all the Sacraments, having learned about them from an early age, and desired to participate in receiving all of them, his eyes and heart set on the priesthood. When he was barely seven, he knew his Catechism by heart and fully understood the teachings of the Church, with spiritual wisdom way beyond his age, especially the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. But in those days, particularly in small country parishes, the age for receiving First .munion was eleven or twelve. Dominic had everything against him, but God. He was small for his age, and the priest hesitated to receive him. The priest consulted other priests. Then considering how well prepared Dominic was and the ardent yearning he had to partake of the Eucharist, he allowed him to receive for the first time the "Bread of Angels" and his first "sweet kiss from Jesus." Copyright (c) 2012 Bob and Penny Lord’s Site About the Author: 相关的主题文章: