Getting to know Don Bosco: his prophetic dream of the rose arbor

20 January 2023 Immagine a cura di Severino Baraldi, per “Don Bosco ti ha sognato” (Vol. 1) – Elledici, 2013 (ANS – Rome) – “We are children of a dreamer” is an expression often used by his successors to refer to the Founder of the Salesian Congregation and Family. And this is not only because of his ability to see far beyond his contemporaries, foreshadowing developments and realities that would be openly manifested only much later; but also because of that mystical ability of his to have as it were “supernatural visions” capable of directing his own path and that of those who followed him. Countless were the dreams reported by Don Bosco, some certainly more significant and relevant than others. The 9-year dream, whose Bicentennial will be celebrated next year, 2024, constitutes among all of them not only the chronological leader, but also the load-bearing lintel of the entire life and action of the Saint of the Young. In the great skein of dreams dreamed by Don Bosco, today we want to recall in particular the one known by the name of the “bower of roses.” It is, among all, a dream that helps to bring the figure of...