Salesian Holiness

Dominic Savio

Beatified 5-3-50
Canonised 12-6-54

Promise of holiness

Dominic was born on 2 April  1842, in San Giovanni di Riva, near Chieri (Turin).

On the occasion of his First Communion, at the age of seven, he set out his life's programme: "I will go to Confession frequently and Communion as often as my confessor allows. I want to make Sundays and feast days holy. My friends will be Jesus and Mary. Death but not sin". At twelve, Don Bosco accepted him into the Oratory in Turin and Dominic asked his help in order to "become a saint". Gentle, serene and happy, he put great effort into fulfilling his duties as a student and helping his companions in every way he could, teaching them Catechism, assisting the sick and settling quarrels.

Road to holiness

One day he said to a companion, who had just arrived in the Oratory: "You should know that here we make holiness consist in being always cheerful. We just try to avoid sin, which is the great enemy that robs us of the grace of God and peace of heart, and we try to to fulfil our duties exactly." He was very faithful to his programme of work, sustained by intense participation in sacramental life, by a filial devotion to Mary and by joyful sacrifice. God enriched him with many special gifts.

Love for Mary

On December 8, 1854, when Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Dominic consecrated himself to Mary and began to advance rapidly in holiness. In 1856, he founded the Immaculate Conception Sodality among his friends. This was a group dedicated to apostolic action and peer ministry.

Love for the Eucharist

Mamma Margaret, who had come to Turin to help her priest son, one day said to him: "You have many good boys, but no one surpasses the beauty of heart and soul of Dominic Savio". And she explained: "I see him always praying, even remaining in Church after the others; every day he leaves recreation to visit the Blessed Sacrament; when he is in Church, he is like an angel in Heaven". He died in Moriondo on March 9, 1857. His remains are in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin. His feast is celebrated on May 6. Pope Pius XI defined him as "A little, or rather, a great giant of the Spirit". He is patron of young choir singers.

 

Resources
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Liturgy
Mass
IT
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Collect and Liturgy of the Hours
IT
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Exhibition
UPS Exhibition for the 50th anniversary of Canonisation (text)
IT
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UPS Exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of St Dominic Savio (Photo)
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Animations
In Dialogo con il Signore
IT
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Paixío pela vida e pelo Senhor da vida-1-
PT
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Paixío pela vida e pelo Senhor da vida-2-
PT
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Documents
FRUTTI DEL SISTEMA PREVENTIVO di Pascual Chávez Villanueva
IT
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UPS Exhibition for the 50th anniversary of Canonisation (text)
IT
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Vita del giovanetto Domenico Savio scritta dal Sacerdote Giovanni Bosco
IT
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Music
Hijo
ES(2.7 MB)
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Me llamas, Jesús
ES(2.3 MB)
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Domingo Santo
ES(1.6 MB)
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Video
Paintings in S.Francesco di Sales at Valdocco
IT(6.6 MB)
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Traditonal
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UPS Exhibition for the 50th anniversary of Canonisation (photo)
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Links
www.casettasandomenicosavio.it    
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www.donboscowest.org
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www.salesiansisters.org.au
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www.rc.net
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INTERNAL LINKS    
Animations: EN A reflection based on the life of Dominic Savio for secondary school leaders.  
  Bookmarks from Cebu  
Music: EN Concierto para Domingo Savio  
IT Canti a Domenico Savio  
Presentations:
ES Domingo Savio: Si ser santo es posible ...tú ¿por qué no?  
ES Domingo Savio - Ejemplo de vida cristiana  
EN Sanctity with Laura and Dominic  
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2004
Pilgrimage Domenico Savio
Data | 07-02-2004 Key word | CS
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