Spiritual Talk – Fr Ho talks about St. John Bosco (44)

by Kenny Cheng

The Mayor of Turin was convinced that St. John Bosco’s Oratory was inciting revolution. He conferred a meeting of the auditing committee to close the Oratory, although it was more like a trial. There was a lot of disagreement among the politicians but many had already been won over by the mayor. Fortunately, the King of Italy was an admirer of the Oratory and declared it worthy of propagation and protection, thus saving it from closure. But the mayor would not admit defeat and sent policemen to have him watched. The policemen reported back: the Oratory’s children are very orderly and are taught to be good Christians. They are not inciting for revolution, but for a revolution of the heart. Hearing this, the mayor finally realized his errors and promised to no longer obstruct the Oratory’s activities. When asked about funding, John Bosco told him, “I completely rely on God’s Providence.” The mayor was moved and generously donated 200 lira. John Bosco forgave even his enemies and worked for the glory of God.


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