St. John Bosco's Prayer to Our Lady
To Our Lady, Help Of Christians
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.
Don Bosco was a dedicated priest who took on blood-thirsty
revolutionaries, the Italian government and his own archbishop in his
quest to rescue the homeless children of Turin. This heroic priest’s
undying belief in the boys he sought to help inspired them to fulfill
their potential in the Catholic Faith. Don Bosco’s lifelong effort to
save the children of the street became the foundation of the Salesians,
one of the largest child care networks in the world.