25 Jan 2019
Don Bosco Novena: Day 4
Day 4 (January 25): Practicing the virtues
Holiness is not only rejecting evil and pursuing good, but being passionate for good, doing good things well, everything that is good: prayer and action in the world, service and self-giving, and also times for silence, family life and a sense of responsibility at work. “Everything can be accepted and integrated into our life in this world, and become a part of our path to holiness. We are called to be contemplatives even in the midst of action, and to grow in holiness by responsibly and generously carrying out our proper mission” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 26).
So then, following the Gospel in joyful and constant practice of virtue will truly be a simple way of holiness.
Prayer to St. John Bosco
Saint John Bosco,
help us to understand as you did that only in Jesus and in his Gospel can we find true meaning and happiness in our lives;
help us to respond generously to God’s invitation to holiness, so that like you, we may help build here on earth a true civilization of love;
help us to be like you, signs and bearers of God’s special love for the young and the needy.
Pray for us the grace of holiness, so that guided by Mary Help of Christians, and living the spirit of the Beatitudes in our daily life, we may all meet to enjoy together eternal happiness with God.