Tuesday, May 24, 2022


“I want you all to do this test and to have it done also to all your relatives and friends, telling them either by letter or at this upcoming feast of Mary Help of Christians (May 24), coming to see you or otherwise, that Don Bosco tells them that if they have some spiritual grace to be obtained, pray to the Madonna in this form: ‘Maria Auxilium Christianorum, ora pro nobis’, and you will be heard. 

It is understood that it must be prayed with the conditions that every prayer must have.

And if your prayers are not answered, you will give me great pleasure in letting me know. 

And if I come to know that one has not obtained any spiritual grace from Mary, I will immediately write a letter to Saint Bernard who was mistaken in saying: "Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided…”

But be assured that I will not have to write a letter to Saint Bernard. 

So do the test and if you are not heard we will not find it difficult to send a letter to Saint Bernard. And, if such a thing were to happen, then the holy Doctor would immediately be able to find some defect in the supplicant's prayer...

Don Bosco to his students - May 20, 1877