St. Dominic Savio
St. Dominic Savio was born in a village of Riva, in Piedmont, northern Italy. He was born on April 2, 1842, and died on March 9, 1957 at the age of 14. His parents were Carlo and Brigitta Savio. He had 9 siblings. Dominic was baptized as Domenico, which means “belonging to God”, and Savio means “wise”. His dad was a blacksmith, and his mom was a seamstress. Although they were very hard working, they were poor. Dominic’s parents tried very hard to give him a Christian upbringing. At the age of four, he was able to pray by himself. He was often found alone praying. He even reminded others to pray. Dominic was a good child. Dominic received his First Holy Communion at the early age of seven with a special…show more content… Doctors told Dominic to stay home and recuperate from his illness, but a few days later, he was back at the school. John Bosco spoke to Dominic’s father to schedule his return back to his family on March 1, 1857. During the first four days at home, Dominic’s cough got worse. His father took him to the doctor, and he recommended bed rest. Dominic had a feeling death was near, so he asked that he be given the Anointing of the Sick. On March 9, 1857, after being visited by his parish priest, he asked his dad to read him prayers. He then fell asleep for a little while, but when he woke up he said goodbye to his dad, and passed away.
Dominic was a special child of God. He spent a lot of time with his friends, encouraging them to be devoted, discouraging those that used bad language, and teaching Catechism at Sunday school. He also encouraged people to go to confession and receive Communion regularly. Dominic was the type of child that would take the blame for other’s mistakes. When his mother was in labor with his sister, she was in a lot of pain. Dominic walked into the room, kissed his mother and left. When he left, the mother’s pain was gone too. The women that were helping his mom found out that Dominic had placed a green scapular around the mother’s neck. His sister, Theresa, later wore the same scapular when she was in labor. She later wrote that it had been passed down to several women