31/1: Happy Feast of St John Bosco!

31/1: Happy Feast of St John Bosco!


Was St John Bosco right to tell his pupils about his vision of Hell?   They are so young… so innocent! 

Comments (14)

  • Catherine

    Happy Feast Day!

    January 31, 2020 at 8:19 am
    • editor


      Happy Feast Day to you, as well.

      January 31, 2020 at 5:21 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Happy Feast!

      January 31, 2020 at 6:55 pm
  • westminsterfly

    There is a book available: “Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco: From St. John Bosco’s Biographical Memoirs”. Amazon stock it:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forty-Dreams-St-John-Bosco/dp/0895555972/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=forty+dreams+of+st+john+bosco&qid=1580460641&sr=8-1
    It says:- “These fascinating dreams involve prophecy and reading of hearts, with a powerful spiritual message. Includes: To Hell and Back, Two Boys Attacked by a Monster, The Snake and the Rosary, and many more. These dreams led to many conversions and will instruct, admonish and inspire today!” So I think it is a good idea to tell children about Hell. After all, Our Lady of Fatima showed the little children the vision of Hell. And no-one could accuse Our Lady of cruelty, as She is without sin. The vision was for their (and our) benefit.

    January 31, 2020 at 8:54 am
    • editor


      It’s years now since I’ve read a life of St John Bosco, so I’ve now added that title to my “must-read” list.

      I agree about telling the children about Hell – I asked my (almost) seven year old Great Niece today if she thought nobody should have told her about Hell. She screwed up her face and said “No, cos it makes me want to go to Heaven!”

      Out of the mouths of babes, etc 😀

      January 31, 2020 at 5:24 pm
      • Lily


        “out of the mouths of babes” – how true!

        January 31, 2020 at 5:55 pm
  • RCAVictor

    St. John Bosco telling his students about his visions of Hell surely was not anywhere near as terrifying as the direct vision of it experienced by the children at Fatima. Since the existence of Hell is a truth taught infallibly by the Church, it needs to be taught to all Catholics of all ages, regardless of how uncomfortable it makes us. Besides, I suspect that the days are soon coming when our “comfort” will be the last thing we will be thinking about. I think “survival,” not comfort, will be uppermost in our minds.

    However, in order for Catholics to be taught this dogma, those doing the teaching have to believe it themselves. Polite reminder to our diabolically disoriented, corrupt, protestantized, homosexual apostate clergy of all ranks: Hell is where you are headed if you don’t repent.

    (The concluding thought of Abp. Vigano’s new testimony is certainly sobering and discomfiting enough: “In the Heart of the Church we seem to glimpse the approaching shadow of Satan’s synagogue (Rev 2:9).”


    January 31, 2020 at 3:46 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      That’s a very VERY interesting report from Lifesitenews.

      January 31, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    • Lily

      RCA Victor,

      Your observation about those teaching the dogma of Hell is the key point in all of this – the problem today is, they don’t. It’s watered down to make people think it’s either empty or impossible to get into, but that’s not the testimony of the saints, and John Bosco isn’t the only one. Other saints have seen vision sof Hell and they’re all terrifying. It’s a lack of charity not to preach about it, and preach strongly about it.

      January 31, 2020 at 5:55 pm
  • Lily

    I love the story of Don Bosco. He’s a marvellous saint and an inspiration, especially to boys.

    Happy Feast Day everyone!

    January 31, 2020 at 5:52 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    St John Bosco is a truly inspiring saint, especially for teachers and pupils.

    The very thought of Hell terrifies me (and that’s as it should be) but that video is really chilling.

    Yes, young children should know about Hell and know how to avoid it. Notice, in the video, the two major sins that take the young to Hell are disobedience and impurity. That should make the sex-educators think again, and also parents and teachers who are too tolerant of badly behaved children.

    We should often ask St John Bosco to watch over our young. He was a powerful influence on children in his day, and I’m sure he will have strong influence before God now.

    January 31, 2020 at 6:59 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Happy Feast Day everyone.

    Saint Leonard of Port Maurice sermons on the reality of Hell, stands side by side with Saint John Bosco’s dreams on the same subject.


    Yes, young children should indeed know about Hell and how to avoid it. It is terrible to contemplate the reality of Hell and the Loss of the Beatific Vision for eternity.

    January 31, 2020 at 9:42 pm
  • Laura

    Don Bosco is a truly inspiring saint for both teachers and pupils, as others have said. I wonder if his story is taught in Catholic schools? Somehow, I doubt it.

    February 1, 2020 at 12:04 am
  • editor

    This Feast Day thread is now closed to comments, with sincere thanks to those who contributed to it.

    February 2, 2020 at 12:06 am

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