I really have no idea whether or not St. John Bosco inspired the Bosco Chocolate Syrup company.
What I meant by the title of today’s blog is that every time I heard the name, St. John Bosco, I could not help but think of chocolate milk myself.
Today happens to be the feast day of St. John Bosco.
He was famous in Italy for educating children in the Christian faith.
A noble purpose.
The nuns in my school, St. Mark’s, in Pittsfield, Mass, during the 1960’s, spent a great deal of time teaching us about the lives of the saints.
They used their stories to inspire us to be better Christians.
Many of my non-Catholic Christian friends criticize our tradition, saying, the Bible does not encourage us to imitate the saints, it only asks us to imitate Christ.
That is simply not true.
In today’s reading from Hebrews 11, the writer of the Epistle does just what the nuns did when they taught us about St. John Bosco:
Brothers and sisters:
What more shall I say?
I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
of David and Samuel and the prophets,
who by faith conquered kingdoms,
did what was righteous, obtained the promises;
they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires,
escaped the devouring sword;
One unique thing about Sainthood in our faith, is that it is not pronounced until many years after the person is dead.
One of the biggest downsides about the wireless connected society in which we live is that too much information is passed along about too many people.
A celebrity our children may be admiring and following on Twitter at 9am could be arrested for drunk driving at 11pm.
It would be great if someone out there created a web site that emitted the Tweets of the Saints gone by.
That way our kids could follow along individuals who we know succeeded as good citizens and followers of Christ.
Even though it would be made up, at least it could be based on the facts of their lives.
I think I would like to sign up for John the Baptist’s tweets.
Here is how it might go.
…leapt in mom’s womb today….felt the light of the world nearby.
…tried locust for the first time….not bad…needed honey though.
…found large river, big enough to baptize people.
…baptized Lamb of God today….saw Dove descend on Him and heard clouds talk.
…told off adulterous couple today.
…in prison…not afraid…I know who my Redeemer is.
…just lost my head.
…standing before throne of God.
…no words can describe this.
Lord, thank you for those that have inspired us.
Help us live a life that is exemplary, and help us also point to others, like St. John Bosco, who can add flavor to a bland world, thirsty for truth.