20150629 John Bosco left home

Saint John Bosco made his First Communion on Easter Sunday (March 26), 1826. His religious instruction had come almost entirely from his mother, Margaret. During Lent, she brought little John to catechism classes daily and brought him to Confession three times. She said, “My John, God has a great gift in store for you; be sure to be well prepared, make a thorough confession, omit nothing. Confess everything, repent, and promise God to do better in the future.” Margaret also helped John to pray and read goo book at home.
In morning of First Communion, Margaret did not allow John to talk to anyone. After making First Communion, Margaret requested John to spend the rest of the day to read and pray. She said, “My dear son, this has been a great day for you. I am sure that God has truly taken possession of your heart. Now you must promise Him to do your best to remain good until the day you die. In the future, go frequently to Holy Communion and beware not to commit sacrilege. In confession tell all you know, obey always, go readily to catechism classes and sermons and, for the love of God, avoid like the plague those who use foul language.”
The winter after First Communion was a difficult one for John. His grandmother had died earlier that year, and Anthony, now eighteen, was more resistance to John’s studying. Towards the end of October, Margaret wanted to send John to a school to study Latin. Anthony reacted strongly and said, “Why Latin? What need do we have of Latin in the house? All we need is work.” Anthony opposed to the idea of John becoming priest. He said, “To make a priest, it takes more than ten thousand lire.” A large sum for a peasant family in those days.
One day, Anthony declared to Margaret and Joseph, “Enough is enough. I’ll put an end to this schooling thing. I have grown big and strong without ever seeing any books.” Overcome by anger, John said, “Of course: even our donkey has never gone to school, and he is bigger and stronger than you are.” Anthony was enraged, and John barely escaped the blows and slaps of Anthony. Margaret was terribly distressed and John was full of tears.
Tension was building up in the family in the next few days. Finally, one evening, Anthony was enraged because of a book John kept by his plate. John was thoroughly beaten up by his brother.
The next morning, Margaret made a very difficult decision. She said to John, “It is better you go away from home for some time.” John left home in February 1827 and lived among Margaret’s friends for a while. But the relationship between Anthony and John did not improve, and in February 1828, Margaret sent John to a wealthy farmer, Louis Moglia to ask for work on his farm.
John walked five and a half miles to the Moglia farm. Mr. Moglia told John to go home, for it was winter and he would not need help until the end of March. John, however, sat down on the snow and broke into tears. The Moglias felt sorry for John and hired him for room and board. After some time, because John worked so well, they paid him fifteen lire each year.
John was very hardworking and devout. He knelt beside the bed to pray morning and evening prayers and recited the rosary with the family. At night time John would light a candle to read some books. He went to early Mass on Sunday morning in order to make Confession and receive Holy Communion.

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