On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1841, Don Bosco met Bartholomew Garelli from Asti, a young boy who came to Turin to find work. Three days later, he brought along nine more friends and after three months there were twenty-five. By the summer of 1842 there were 80 boys. In short, that’s how the oratory began. We need to thank the Virgin Mary for inspiring, guiding, and protecting Don Bosco. Because of her intercession, Don Bosco was able to start the oratory and the Salesian Family.
We are all Salesian through her intercession!
Let us all pray to her especially today, her feast day. Through her intercession all things are possible-Don Bosco said himself, “It is the Virgin Mary who has done everything.”