Young Adults of St Francis

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“Do you want Our Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.”

-St. John Bosco-

Feastday: January 31
b. 1815 d: 1888

What do dreams have to do with prayer? Aren’t they just random images of our mind?

In 1867 Pope Pius IX was upset with John Bosco because he wouldn’t take his dreams seriously enough. Nine years earlier when Pope Pius IX met with the future saint who worked with neglected boys, he learned of the dreams that John had been having since the age of nine, dreams that had revealed God’s will for John’s life. So Pius IX had made a request, “Write down these dreams and everything else you have told me, minutely and in their natural sense.” Pius IX saw John’s dreams as a legacy for those John worked with and as an inspiration for those he ministered to.

Despite scripture evidence and Church tradition respecting dreams, John had encountered skepticism when he had his first dream at the age of nine. The young Bosco dreamed that he was in a field with a crowd of children. The children started cursing and misbehaving. John jumped into the crowd to try to stop them — by fighting and shouting. Suddenly a man with a face filled with light appeared dressed in a white flowing mantle. The man called John over and made him leader of the boys. John was stunned at being put in charge of these unruly gang. The man said, “You will have to win these friends of yours not with blows but with gentleness and kindness.” As adults, most of us would be reluctant to take on such a mission — and nine year old John was even less pleased. “I’m just a boy,” he argued, “how can you order me to do something that looks impossible.” The man answered, “What seems so impossible you must achieve by being obedient and acquiring knowledge.” Thenthe boys turned into the wild animals they had been acting like. The man told John that this is the field of John’s life work. Once John changed and grew in humility, faithfulness, and strength, he would see a change in the children — a change that the man now demonstrated. The wild animals suddenly turned into gentle lambs.

When John told his family about his dream, his brothers just laughed at him. Everyone had a different interpretation of what it meant: he would become a shepherd, a priest, a gang leader. His own grandmother echoed the sage advice we have heard through the years, “You mustn’t pay any attention to dreams.” John said, “I felt the same way about it, yet I could never get that dream out of my head.”

Eventually that first dream led him to minister to poor and neglected boys, to use the love and guidance that seemed so impossible at age nine to lead them to faithful and fulfilled lives. He started out by learning how to juggle and do tricks to catch the attention of the children. Once he had their attention he would teach them and take them to Mass. It wasn’t always easy — few people wanted a crowd of loud, bedraggled boys hanging around. And he had so little money and help that people thought he was crazy. Priests who promised to help would get frustrated and leave.

Two “friends” even tried to commit him to an institution for the mentally ill. They brought a carriage and were planning to trick him into coming with him. But instead of getting in, John said, “After you” and politely let them go ahead. When his friends were in the carriage he slammed the door and told the drive to take off as fast as he could go!

Through it all he found encouragement and support through his dreams. In one dream, Mary led him into a beautiful garden. There were roses everywhere, crowding the ground with their blooms and the air with their scent. He was told to take off his shoes and walk along a path through a rose arbor. Before he had walked more than a few steps, his naked feet were cut and bleeding from the thorns. When he said he would have to wear shoes or turn back, Mary told him to put on sturdy shoes. As he stepped forward a second time, he was followed by helpers. But the walls of the arbor closed on him, the roof sank lower and the roses crept onto the path. Thorns caught at him from all around. When he pushed them aside he only got more cuts, until he was tangled in thorns. Yet those who watched said, “How lucky Don John is! His path is forever strewn with roses! He hasn’t a worry in the world. No troubles at all!” Many of the helpers, who had been expecting an easy journey, turned back, but some stayed with him. Finally he climbed through the roses and thorns to find another incredible garden. A cool breeze soothed his torn skin and healed his wounds.

In his interpretation, the path was his mission, the roses were his charity to the boys, and the thorns were the distractions, the obstacles, and frustrations that would stand in his way. The message of the dream was clear to John: he must keep going, not lose faith in God or his mission, and he would come through to the place he belonged.

Often John acted on his dreams simply by sharing them, sometimes repeating them to several different individuals or groups he thought would be affected by the dream. “Let me tell you about a dream that has absorbed my mind,” he would say.

The groups he most often shared with were the boys he helped — because so many of the dreams involved them. For example, he used several dreams to remind the boys to keep to a good and moral life. In one dream he saw the boys eating bread of four kinds — tasty rolls, ordinary bread, coarse bread, and moldy bread, which represented the state of the boys’ souls. He said he would be glad to talk to any boys who wanted to know which bread they were eating and then proceeded to use the occasion to give them moral guidance.

He died in 1888, at the age of seventy-two. His work lives on in the Salesian order he founded.

In His Footsteps:

John Bosco found God’s message in his dreams. If you have some question or problem in your life, ask God to send you an answer or help in a dream. Then write down your dreams. Ask God to help you remember and interpret the dreams that come from God.

Prayer:

Saint John Bosco, you reached out to children whom no one cared for despite ridicule and insults. Help us to care less about the laughter of the world and care more about the joy of the Lord. Amen

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday even if a little gloomy and rainy 🙂 Ah, the start of another week…it wasn’t long ago that we were just celebrating the New Year’s; here we are already halfway into the month. We hope that your New Year has started off filled with joy and hope.

Speaking of hope! Today was the official public announcement of the “re-launching” of the St. Francis Young Adults Ministry (SFYA), at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Thought to mention that in case you missed the announcements at mass today at St. Francis and/or wondering what the table in the narthex area was all about. Yup! That’s right; the table at the far end of the narthex near the side entrance/exit doors was us! J Our leaders wanted to personally welcome each and every one of you as well as encourage all to sign up. We hope that all of you are as excited about upcoming events as we are!

Alright, enough about that, now to some interesting facts; did you know that today’s population in Frisco, TX consists of 33, 714 people, give or take? 4.333% are from the ages of 15-19; 3.9% are from the ages of 20-24; 25.58% are from the ages of 25-34 and 20.28% are from the ages of 35-44 years old. In case you were wondering, these numbers were taken from the last U.S. Census; so feel free to do some “googling” on some fact about Frisco…Well we hope to see all of you soon and have a happy Sunday!

Yours truly,

A Young Adult in College

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Whether you are Married, Unmarried, Hispanic, in College, exploring the Catholic Faith, coming back to your faith or new to town…we are inviting ALL Young Adults (ages 18-40yrs) to JOIN US!

WHEN:  Friday, February 4th 2011

WHERE:  St Francis Church – Great Hall

TIME:  7:30pm-11:00pm

…to a CASINO NIGHT!! filled with salsa lessons, dancing, music, food, drinks, lots of fun and great people!  You don’t want to miss this great kickoff Social Event!

To RSVP, please contact Ana Rodriguez at sfyainfo@yahoo.com

The SFYA Leadership Team looks forward to seeing you all there!

Come join us in the Pope Room at Buca Di Beppo for drinks and a chance to meet great people in our St Francis Community!

WHEN:  Thursday, January 27, 2011

WHERE: Buca di Beppo –  8580 S.H. 121   Frisco, TX 75034

TIME:  7:00pm-9:30pm

Doesn’t matter whether you are single, in a relationship, engaged, single parent, new to town, coming back to you faith, exploring the Catholic church…JOIN US!!  Bring a friend! Drink prices vary beginning from $5.

For more info, contact Ana Rodriguez at sfyainfo@yahoo.com

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

Find Us on FACEBOOK !  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170207269690760&num_event_invites=0#!/event.php?eid=170207269690760

Save the Date!  Saturday, January 22, 2011…

The SFYA Married Ministry invites all to come together and participate in these amazing events on 1/22/11. We will meet together for the Rosary, Mass, and Walk.  Lets come together and support this important cause. We hope you can join us!!

Please see below for details!

http://www.prolifedallas.org/pages/Roe_2011


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