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5 February

Many are those who live without the filial trust that is characteristic of a Christian, so he sees God only as a loving father who cares for him, and therefore puts all himself safely in his hand and rests in him quietly, the same way a little child sleeping safely in the arms of his mother”.

(St Leonard Murialdo, Writings IX, p. 295)

3 February

What do we lose? A pittance. What do we earn? God’s friendship, being the joy of God: divine caresses in this world, and the highest seats of glory in heaven. Let us decide: I offer you all my heart, my loyalty. Let us pray: take my heart, all my heart”.

(St Leonard Murialdo, Writings IV, p. 213)

2 February

“Therefore it is necessary to adhere ever more closely to Christ, the centre of consecrated life and once again take up the path of conversion and renewal which, like the initial experience of the apostles, before and after the resurrection, was a starting afresh from Christ”.

(Starting afresh from Christ, 21)

31 January

1949: REQUINOA, (RCH), “San José” Parish

O God, who raised up the Priest Saint John Bosco as a father and teacher of the young, grant, we pray, that, aflame with the same fire of love, we may seek out souls and serve you alone”.

(From the Liturgy, Collect)

29 January

We are brothers, and our heart expands in mutual love. Away from us every quarrel, every gossip, every spite; away that spirit of domination and arrogance, in dealing among us; nobody should try to boss others around; we are brothers, and that peace may reign among us, as in families where it is the Lord’s blessing”.

(Explanation, p. 140)

28 January

“All the goodness and tenderness of earthly fathers is not even a shadow of the one which our Heavenly Father feels for us. See, my brethren, what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are”.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings XI, p. 297)

27 January

“Good and merciful God, we praise and bless you for the life and sanctity of the Venerable Father Giovanni Schiavo. We ask you, through his intercession, the grace to conduct a life similar to his, with total willingness to do your will”.

(Prayer of the postulation)

26 January

“You love me with your whole being, and I will love you with mine. You are infinite, and I am so small and so limited, but one who gives all, gives what he can,  and you are pleased with it; and so I give you my all, O God!”

(St Leonard Murialdo, Testament,  p. 119)