Temperance and St. Dominic Savio

We conclude our weekly virtues with the cardinal virtue of temperance on the glorious feast day of St. Dominic Savio. He was a student of St. John Bosco and a model of virtue to his friends. St. John Bosco left us a treasure in the short book he wrote about St. Dominic. We can see into the soul of this innocent and childlike saint through the eyes of his teacher. Dominic had a deep desire to be a saint, and intentionally lived as a young disciple. At one point, he started to practice extreme forms of penance and lost his spirit of joy. John Bosco recognized this disposition and counseled him to moderate his desire for penance and join the other boys on the playground. His joy and positive influence were radiant, and the other boys needed to witness his virtues. 

While he lived over a century ago, Dominic is an example of a healthy, joyful adolescent. He had a hunger and thirst for holiness and lived in a family and school environment where this was nurtured. He died at the young age of fourteen. St. Dominic Savio, pray for us. 

BONUS: Free Access to Arise Lesson 2

Last week we introduced Arise: Made for Wholeness and offered free access to Lesson 23 for one week. Since the response was extremely positive, I decided to offer another lesson for FREE this week only: Lesson 2 on temperance.

The series will be complete in the Fall of 2024, and you don’t want to miss this opportunity for free access.  

Have a wonderful week and be assured of my prayers this week. 


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