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A Bit About Mamma Margaret

I have recently been finding pieces of wisdom that Mamma Margaret had given in her life.  Before I share that, I looked about a bio about her to share with all of you.  I found it at this website.  Below is the content, but there is much more one can find about her!


Margherita Occhiena was born on April 1, 1788 at Capriglio, in the province of Asti, sixth of ten children. She was baptised on the same day in the parish church. Her parents were peasant farmers full of good Christian attitudes and practices. From when she was just a child Margaret was a great worker. She had no opportunity for schooling because of the times she lived in and the tasks she had to do, but her love for prayer gave her a wisdom which could not be gained from books

Francis Bosco: I Becchi

In 1812 she married Francis Bosco. Francis was 27 years of age, a widower, with a three year old child, Anthony, and a sick mother to look after. Joseph was born the following year and in 1815 John (the future Don Bosco). They moved to the Becchi, a hamlet of Castelnuovo d’Asti. In 1817 Francis died of pneumonia.

A woman of great faith

Twenty nine year old Margaret found herself running the family alone at a time of famine, looking after Francis’ mother, Anthony, and young Joseph and John. Margaret was a woman of great faith. God was foremost in her thoughts and always on her lips.

A mother’s heart

The love of the Lord was so strong in her that it gave her a mother’s heart. A wise teacher, she knew how to combine fatherliness and motherhood, kindness and firmness, vigilance and trust, familiarity and dialogue, bringing up her children with disinterested love, both patient and demanding. Attentive to their own experience, she trusted both in human means and divine assistance. She brought up three children with very different temperaments, using the same criteria with different methods. She taught them the catechism and prepared them for their First Communion.

Accompanies her son’s dream

When she heard about John’s dream at the age of nine, she alone could interpret it in the light of the Lord: “Who knows, but maybe you should become a priest”. She allowed him to be with some of the rougher lads, because they were better behaved around him. Anthony’s hostility towards John’s studies forced her to send her younger son away so he could study. She accompanied him all the way to priesthood. That day she said something that would remain in Don Bosco’s heart for the rest of his life. In 1846 when Don Bosco was seriously ill, Margaret went to be with him and discovering there the good that he had been doing for poor and abandoned youngsters.

At Valdocco

When asked to go with him in this work she said: “ If you believe this to be the will of the Lord, I am ready to go”. Mamma Margaret’s presence turned the Oratory into a family. For ten years her life became entwined with that of her son and with the beginnings of Salesian work: She was the first and principal Cooperator of Don Bosco’s; she became the maternal elements in the Preventive System; without realising it, she was the “co-foundress” of the Salesian Family.

Death at Valdocco

She died in Turin, struck down by pneumonia on November 25, 1856, at 68 years of age. Many youngsters went to the cemetery crying as they would for their own mother. Generations of Salesians called her and will continue to call her Mamma Margaret.

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Living Salesian, Mamma Margaret


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Live the Dream

Here is a video that I think all of you should see!  It puts such hope and yearning in one’s soul, among other things as well!

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Inspirational Music, Living Salesian, Videos


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“Before God, it seems to me that the Institute needs: Sisters who are imbued with the spirit of self-denial and sacrifice which fills them with the desire to work and suffer for Jesus Christ and for the good of their neighbor; Sisters who are firmly convinced that exact obedience, without any criticism or complaint, is the path they must courageously tread in order to attain perfection and holiness; Sisters who are able to master their own affections and keep their hearts fixed on God alone in order to be able to say together with Saint Francis of Sales: ‘If I were to know that one fibre of my heart was not for God, I would tear it out’; Sisters who neither regret having left the world, nor long for the possessions and conveniences they have renounced; Sisters who deem it a privilege to live in a condition of poverty and privation in imitation of their divine spouse Jesus who, being rich became poor in order to enrich men with His grace and to make them heirs of Heaven; Sisters who have no other ambition on earth than to follow Jesus Christ who was humiliated, crowned with thorns, and nailed to the cross so that they may, thus, praise Him surrounded by the angels and saints in the glory of heaven.

We have need of Sisters who have a strong physical constitution, a good character, and a reasonably cheerful disposition, who desire above all else to become saints, not by doing anything extraordinary but only what is normal, thus becoming an inspiration to their fellow-men, especially the young, attracting them to the practice of the Christian virtues; finally Sisters who are, or at least can become effective instruments for promoting the glory of God in the fulfillment of those responsibilities, and the accomplishment of those activities which are proper to the Institute.”

It really makes me think to read this!  Am I ready and willing to be all that in my life?  I certainly hope so!   I smile in reading this, even though I see the challenges and hardships that can come with it.  To counter that, there is so much joy!

The Sisters Don Bosco Wanted

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Living Salesian


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Right Decisions

“To make a right decision in your vocation, you must meditate upon it before our Lord and pray, pray much.”  Don Cafasso to Don Bosco – Memoirs Volume II, page 162

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Living Salesian


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Novena Time!

Tomorrow starts a memorial novena to Mary Help of Christians.  It is a memorial one because the big novena is in May.  You say the novena from the 15th to the 23rd.  It involves three Our Fathers, three Hail Mary’s, three Glory Be’s, and a Mary most powerful virgin.  The last prayer is the only one that Don Bosco left for the Salesians that he wrote.

This time around, I will say this prayer for my vocation and the vocation of a close friend of mine.  Each day I plan on lifting up any intentions I am inspired to lift up in this novena.  Why don’t you give it a try? 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

O Mary, most powerful Virgin,
great and illustrious defender of the Church,
wonderful Help of Christians,
formidable as an army in battle array,
you, who alone have over come
every heresy in the world,
in our anguish,
in our combats,
in our difficulties,
defend us from the enemy,
and, in the hour of our death,
receive our souls into Paradise.  Amen.

(only if in presence of Jesus) Blessed and praised, be the most holy and divine Sacrament

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Living Salesian, Prayers, Travels


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Issues with Clothes?

As usual I woke up this morning and showered, went to mass, and came back to change into sweats.  It was a pleasant morning, especially with the addition of adoration this morning.  As time went by, I decided that I wanted to eat lunch.  Dad suggested that we go out to eat for lunch.  Here is where the interesting part came in.

I went downstairs to change into something other than scrubs.  All that I have been wearing outside of my uniform and pajamas has been shorts and a basic tee-shirt you get with anything you are involved with.  I thought maybe, even though we just went to a malt shop, I would not look like a high school kid or a college student.  (If you don’t know it, we are under no obligation to wear our uniform as aspirants going for a home visit)  In my closest hangs some of the skirts I love to wear.  I could pair them with a cute shirt, or one of my tee-shirts.  Then, I got confused and wondered if maybe I should just stick with the shorts and tee-shirt.  In the end, it was my jean shorts as usual and my green Don Bosco shirt.

Does this mean anything in my discernment process?  Most likely not.  It may just be the tricks I play on myself.  I could view it as a good thing that I was able to feel the weirdness of wearing something nicer, being used to wearing a uniform.  I am okay wearing normal clothes while home.

So why is this something I feel like sharing.  I have been trying to really imagine my life in a habit.  The path I feel God is calling me on right now means wearing a habit for the rest of my life.  It is very interesting to try to picture oneself and what you would be wearing in the future.  That really shouldn’t be something to worry about.  In the end, if we are doing what God wants us to do, then what else matters?


Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Living Salesian


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Goodness of the Day

In the previous post, I written of my morning thus far.  It consisted of goofy faces in the morning, learning of a baseball game I could watch, the bus that is always late was on time, and reminding someone that they had substitutions today.  As the day went on, here were some of the other things that were.

On eof the sisters needed to take a car in for an oil change, so she asked me to go with so she could get home.  It was nice to be of such a simple assistance to another in a basic way such as driving down the road. 

During our morning meditation lectio divina that we do, I had some good thoughts to ponder.  A phrase that popped up was about forgiveness.  We so often tend to be able to forgive others or ask others for forgiveness.  The big thing is that we never tend to forgive ourselves.  It is something to think about.  At the end of the prayer we pray outlound for the person on our left.  Jen (ironically) was the one who was praying for me.  Her prayer was definately a good one for me.  I do not recal what it was that she had said, but I loved it.

Lunch was fun.  Jen handed us her camera and said take pictures in the locker room of you with the girls.  Needless to say, Megan and I had a little bit of fun.

After lunch and visit, I was found again to drive with the sister to pick up the car.  Now I must tell you, it was amazing how that about a minute drive can be just waht you need.  As soon as I dropped her off with the newly looked at car, I took off and got through part of a sang on the radio, and it was calming.

In our afternoon class of Don Bosco, we were all pipped up from who knows what.  There was a lot of energy in that classroom.  It was good to see everyone in such light spirits, if even only for a little while. 

From there…well, we don’t need to talk about the realizations I made.  God is good each day admist everything that is nto so good.

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Posted by on October 6, 2010 in Uncategorized


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