Don Bosco and Mary Auxiliatrix
A little girl from Paris named Marguerite was dying of pulmonary tuberculosis. “She will live!” Don Bosco promised the weeping mother. “Recite each day a Pater, Ave and Gloria, then a Salve Regina, so that Mary Auxiliatrix will hear your prayers. Say these prayers every day until August 15th ...”
“For two and a half months, Father?” the mother lamented. “And just to think that you could simply take my daughter's hand and she would be healed...”
Don Bosco became stern. “You must do as I say!” he ordered. The illness continued its course - the spitting up of blood multiplied and the fever never appeased - the child began to look like a skeleton. How difficult it was to believe under these conditions! But the mother persevered: she prayed and she hoped for her child. On the 15th of August, she got herself dressed as usual to go to Holy Mass. Suddenly she heard a cry call from Marguerite and ran to her side.
“Mother! Mother! I am all better!” And in actual fact the sick little girl was glowing with renewed health, her cheeks were pink, her eyes are devoid of fever! She dressed immediately and accompanied her mother to Holy Mass... She was even so healthy and well healed, that her story ends like an old-fashioned fairytale. “She got married, had many children and lived happily ever after…”
The Magnificent Adventure of Mr. Pelissier
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.