Friday, March 10, 2006
St. Dominic Savio

Today the Church remembers St. Dominic Savio, (1842-1857) who lived a very short but devout life. By the age of five he was an altar server. He was a student of St. John Bosco.

St. Dominic Savio was born in Riva, Italy and joined the Oratory in Turin under St. John Bosco at the age of 12 to become a priest. Young St. Dominic even founded the Company of the Immaculate Conception, a group dedicated to devotional acts and also assisting St. John Bosco.

St. Dominic lived centered on prayer. His nights were spent in deep prayer, and he wished to do continuously "little things" for the glory of God. He died on March 9, 1857, from lung problems, after receiving the Last Sacraments.

Pope Pius XII officially canonized him in 1954.


Dear Saint Dominic, you spent your short life totally for love of Jesus and His Mother. Help youth today to realize the importance of God in their lives. You became a saint through fervent participation in the sacraments, enlighten parents and children to the importance of frequent confession and Holy Communion. At a young age you meditated on the sorrowful Passion of Our Lord. Obtain for us the grace of a fervent desire to suffer for love of Him.

We desperately need your intercession to protect today's children from the snares of the world. Watch over them and lead them on the narrow road to Heaven. Ask God to give us the grace to sanctify our daily duties by performing them perfectly out of love for Him. Remind us of the necessity of practicing virtue especially in times of trial.

Saint Dominic Savio, you who preserved your Baptismal innocence of heart, pray for us.

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