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Faith fact: "Sanctity is easy"

Jan. 31 marks the memorial of St. John Bosco, born in 1815 to an Italian peasant farmer and a pious but illiterate mother. As a priest, good nature and a light heart undergirded Don Bosco’s ministry. “Sanctity is easy,” he wrote. “God does not scare us away. You do not have to scourge yourselves, or fast, or pray long hours. Just do your duty in school, at home, at work; take sufferings as they come — bad weather, disappointments, physical illness, sorrow — they will make you saints.”

Don Bosco (“Don” is Italian for “Father”) founded the Salesian order to educate boys. His students included St. Dominic Savio, who said, “At the school of Don Bosco, we make sanctity consist of doing our work joyously.”

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