6 Ways to Live a Good Life and Reach Eternal Happiness by Saint John Bosco

By TFP Student Action   


Saint John Bosco

Born in 1815, Saint John Bosco was a man of extraordinary intelligence, charm, and physical strength—gifts he used exclusively to serve his neighbor in tireless efforts to win souls to God, especially those of young boys. He founded the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, a school and refuge for boys, and, in 1859, the Christian education of youth.

His teaching style was candid, simple but filled with wisdom. We present here what he called “medicine” for the soul. The simplicity and efficacy of these “prescriptions” remind us of those good old-fashioned homemade remedies made by our mothers and grandmothers. They help young and old alike.

Prescription #1:  Give God the greatest possible glory and honor Him with your whole soul. If you have a sin on your conscience, remove it as soon as possible by means of a good Confession.

Prescription #2:  Never offend anyone. Above all, be willing to serve others. Be more demanding of yourself than of others.

Prescription #3:  Do not trust those who have no faith in God and who do not obey His precepts. Those who have no scruples in offending God and who do not give Him what they should will have many fewer scruples in offending you and even betraying you when it is convenient for them.

Prescription #4:  If you do not wish to be ruined, never spend more than you earn. You should bear this in mind and always measure your true possibilities accurately.

Prescription #5:  Be humble. Speak little of yourself and never praise yourself before anyone. He who praises himself, even if he has real merit, risks losing the good opinion of others. He who seeks only praise and honors is sure to have an empty head fed only by wind… will have no peace of soul and will be unreliable in his undertakings.

Prescription #6:  Carry your cross on your back and take is as it comes, small or large, whether from friends or enemies and of whatever wood it be made. The most intelligent and happiest of men is he who, knowing that he is doomed to carry the cross throughout life, willingly and resignedly accepts the one God sends him.

Promise of Happiness

Don Bosco concludes:  “Dear friend, I am a man who loves joy and who, therefore wishes to see you and everybody happy. If you do as I say, you will be joyful and glad in heart.”

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+3 # daryl 2013-06-13 19:46
good read
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+3 # jm 2013-06-13 22:03
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+4 # Irudayam Y 2013-06-14 01:28
I did my elementary education in a Don Bosco school in India and it was a joy.St.John Bosco has done great things for us and for God.Many of my relations served and are serving in Don Bosco institutions. May his teachings guide all humanity to live a happy life even in the midst of sufferings. Thank you for what you are doing to promote devotion to this wonderful saint.
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+4 # NCKen 2013-06-14 13:00
Don Bosco was a key saint and model for boys throughout my grammar school years, St. Mary School, in Marlboro, MA back in the 50s. I'd forgotten much about him. My stumbling across this article ... maybe there really ARE no coincidences? ... has rekindled my interest in him. Thank you for this article. His Prescriptions are timeless.
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+1 # Marie Czarnecki 2013-06-25 11:37
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+1 # Belen Blanco 2013-06-25 13:32
Beautiful! And how absolutely true!!!
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+6 # Dave H. 2013-06-25 14:20
"Never offend anyone" is too broad. Surely, we should not intentionally seek to give offense. However, those who take the admonition too seriously end up never speaking their minds.

Martyrs who spoke their minds offended the Roman emperor, and got closer-than-ringside seats in the Colosseum. It didn't stop them.

There are those who seek to control the free speech of others by claiming to be offended. If that stops you from witnessing the truth as you see it, it seems to me you have left the path of wisdom. Jesus didn't mind giving offense, else He would not have been crucified.

Editor's note: When a principle, God's rights or eternal truth one must defend them without compromise. Others might even be offended. So be it. And Saint John Bosco was a champion of truth. However, when it comes to our personal lives and wants, we must strive not to offend others.
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+1 # ralph rivera 2013-06-25 17:49
Those six rules apply at any age. Especially this one.
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+1 # WT Canino 2013-06-25 18:54
Just beautiful! I am planning to frame these
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+1 # Chris roc Pradhan 2013-06-26 02:24
After The LORD and Mother Mary, St. John Bosco is very dear to me. I've done my schooling in a Don Bosco school, but sad to say the salesians in Kolkata are otherwise, they have their own ...... I dislike them, please do not delete, let them know what I and many (but do not have the guts) like me think of them.
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+1 # Rev Jerome 2013-06-26 09:44
Very sage advice and wisdom! I am going to print these out and hang them prominently on the bulletin board in my office at home.
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0 # Lance Maki 2013-06-27 09:16
I knew a rather saintly man in Rome NY
Joe Bosco He always wore a crucifix that must have
Been 12 inches long Went to daily mass
Always had tootsie rolls for the kids
Maybe by now he's joined his relative whom
He regularly quoted
Great works of wisdom
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0 # pat channell 2013-07-23 18:38
wonderful thoughts, praise God with all my heart
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0 # smithg19 2014-06-25 05:05
Hello there! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!
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