聖培尼堯 – 一八八一年九月十日夜
以下刊登的夢，取自貝篤神父 (Don Berto) 由會祖手稿 (包括他親手所作的修改) 騰清過來的原文 (參閱慈幼會中央檔案132，夢5 )，同時亦參照了羅美樂修女(Cecilia Romero ) 批判性的版本 (I Sogni di Don Bosco – Ed. Crit., Torino, 1978, LDC). 不過有幾點必須注意的，就是:
- 一. 一些拉丁文的措辭已經翻譯過來 (如徐載德神父刊印的版本)。
- 二. 一些已過時的日期已刪除 (如李納德神父第二次刊登的版本 (Father Rinaldi).
- 三. 為使段落分明及大家更義了解，我們特地加上了一些大小的標題。
願聖神的恩寵光照我們眾人的心靈 。 亞孟 。
九月十日那天晚上，我夢見自己置身於一間十分富麗堂皇的大廳裡。 我好像跟院長們一起散步，突然出現一位外貌十分威嚴的人物，使我們無法注視他的目光。 他向我們瞧了一眼後，便一言不發地在我們前數步範圍外行走起來。
此時院長們有的站立，有的跪下，但大家都默然無語，露出驚訝的神色。突然盧華神父像有所感觸地說「必須將這些事紀錄下來，以免遺忘。」 他想找一支筆，卻沒有找到，從袋中取出一本筆記簿，卻沒有鉛筆。 此時杜蘭道神父 (Don Durando)說：「我會記得的。」 范涅諾神父 (Don Fagnano) 接著說「讓我來紀錄吧！」 說著就用一枝玫瑰花梗寫起來了，大家都圍著觀看，而且亦能看懂他寫的字。 當范涅諾神父停止書寫的時候，郭斯達瑪雅神父子關係 (Don Costamagna) 繼續口述道：「愛德諒解一切、容許一切、戰勝一切；讓我們以言以行去向別人宣講吧！」
正當范涅諾神父書寫的時候，光明驀然地消失，大家便置身於一片漆黑中，祁弗雷祿神父 ( Don Ghivarello) 說：「別作聲！讓我們跪下祈禱吧，光明自會回來的。」范涅諾神父便開始領「伏求聖神降臨」、「主、我自幽谷」、「進教之佑」等經文，我們都齊聲對答。
目睹此種景象，大家都驚愕萬分，拉沙那神父 (Don Lasagna ) 竟昏厥過去，賈列勞神父卻面色蒼白的靠著一張椅子喊道：「事情竟已弄到這個地步嗎？」 拉匝祿神父 (Don Lazzero) 和猶達卓神父 (Don Quidazio) 像是失魂似的，急忙互相攙扶，以免跌倒。范濟夏神父 (Don Francesia)，賈義士伯爵 (Cays)、巴培理恩神父 (Don Barberis)、雷維拉道神父 (Don Leveratto) 則手拿念珠，跪在地上祈禱。
這夢持續了幾乎整個晚上，到了早晨，我已筋疲力盡了。為了怕把夢忘記，我便匆匆起床，記下了若干要點，這些要點使我記起了我於今天 - 獻聖母於主堂瞻禮 - 給你們所寫的一切。
THE TEXT OF THE DREAM OF THE TEN DIAMONDS
San Benigno Canavese – night of 10 September 1881
The text printed below follows the fair copy made by Don Berto (with Don Bosco’s personal corrections) from the first draft in the saint’s own hand-writing (v. Salesian Central Archives: 132 Sogni 5). We have also used the critical edition of Sister Cecilia Romero (I sogni de Don Bosco – ed. crit., Turin, 1978 LDC). The following liberties have been taken:
- The Latin expressions have been translated (as in Father Ziggiotti’s publication);
- Certain lapsed dates have been omitted (as in the second publication of Father Rinaldi).
- Titles and subtitles have been added where it seemed appropriate and helpful to do so.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten us all. Amen.
For the instruction of the Salesian Society
On 10 September 1881, Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, the Salesians at San Benigno Canavese were making their Retreat.
The model of the true Salesian
On the night of the 10 September I dreamed I was in a large and splendidly ornate hall. I seemed to be walking up and down with the Rectors of our houses when there appeared among us a man of such majestic mien that we could not take our eyes off him. He gazed at us, and without a word began to walk a few paces ahead of us.
He wore an imposing long mantle with a stole-like collar tied at the neck with a ribbon that hung down in front. On the stole was written in luminous characters, The Salesian Society, and on the ribbon, as it should be.
The august personage wore ten huge and splendid diamonds, and it was almost impossible to look away from him.
Three of the diamonds were on the breast of the mantle and were inscribed Faith, Hope and Charity. The diamond of Charity was positioned over the heart. On the right shoulder was fourth diamond: Work; and a fifth, Temperance, was affixed to the left shoulder.
The other five diamonds adorned the back of the mantle and were arranged in a square, with the largest and brightest diamond of Obedience in the middle. The upper right diamond was the Vow of Poverty, and under it, Reward. On the upper left was the Vow of Chastity, with a dazzling splendor all its own that caught and held the attention as a magnet attracts metal; below it was the diamond of Fasting. The bright rays from the square of diamonds were directed towards the central diamond of Obedience.
To avoid confusion it should be noted that each diamond had rays like small tongues of flame on which various texts could be read.
Faith carried the maxims: Take up the buckler of faith and battle against the snares of the devil. Another ray read, Faith without works is dead. Not he who hears but he who keeps the law will possess the kingdom of God.
On the rays of Hope there was written, Hope in the Lord and not in men. Let your hearts always be set on the attainment of true joy.
The texts of Charity read, Bear one another’s burdens if you wish to fulfill my law. Love and you will be loved. Let your love be for your soul and the souls of others. Recite the Divine Office with devotion. Celebrate Holy Mass with care. Make loving visits to the Holy of Holies.
The rays of Work carried the inscription, Remedy for concupiscence; powerful weapon against all the temptations of the devil.
Temperance had the text, Take away the fuel and the fire will die out. Make a pact with your eyes, your appetite, your sleep, so that these enemies may not ravage your souls. Intemperance and chastity cannot go together.
On the rays of Obedience: Obedience is the foundation and perfection of holiness.
On Poverty: The kingdom of heaven is for the poor. Riches are thorns. Poverty is not practiced by words but by love and deeds. Poverty opens the gates of heaven.
On the rays of Chastity: All virtues come together with it. The clean of heart see the secrets of God and shall contemplate God himself.
On the rays of Reward: I f the rich reward attracts you, do not be afraid of the many hardships. He who suffers with me rejoices with me. What we suffer on earth is momentary; the joys of my friends in heaven are eternal.
On the rays of Fasting: The most powerful weapon against the snares of the devil. It keeps watch over all the virtues. Fasting puts to flight all sorts of foes.
On the lower part of the garment there was a wide pink hem on which was written, Here is matter for preaching morning, noon and evening: Treasure small acts of virtue and you will build solid holiness. Woe to you if you neglect small things; little by little ruination will overtake you.
Some of the Rectors were standing, some kneeling; all were in silent amazement. Suddenly Don Rua said excitedly, “We must write these things down lest we forget them”. He looked for a pen but could not find one. He took out his notebook and searched for a pencil. “I shall remember”, said Don Durando. “I must get it down in writing”, Don Fagnano cried out, and began writing with the stem of a rose. We all watched and could read his writing. When he stopped, Don Costamagna continued to dictate, “Charity understands all things, sustains all things, and conquers all things; we must preach it in word and deed”.
The debasement of the true Salesian
Whilst Don Fagnano was writing, the light failed and we found ourselves in profound darkness. “Quiet”; said Don Ghivarello, “let us all kneel and pray and the light will return”. Don Lasagna began the Veni Creator, then the De Profundis, Mary Help of Christians, etc., and we all responded.
At the words, “Pray for us” a light appeared and lit up a placard on which was written, The Salesian Society as it runs the risk of becoming. Then the light increased and we could see and recognize one another.
In the brightness now we saw again the august personage, but distressed and seemingly on the verge of tears. His mantle was faded, moth-eaten and in tatters. In place of the diamonds these were gaping holes.
“Look carefully”, he told us, “and understand”.
I saw that the ten diamonds had become so many grubs gnawing away at the garment.
In place of the diamond of Faith was written Sleep and sloth; Hope had become Indecent laughter and frivolity; Charity: Neglect of the things of God. They love and seek their own desires and not the ideals of Jesus Christ; Temperance was now Gluttony – their god is their belly; Work; Sleep, Dishonesty and idleness; Obedience was replaced by a large hole with no message; Chastity carried the text, Concupiscence of the eyes and pride of life; Poverty: Bed, clothing, drink and money; Reward; Our heritage will be earthly goods; and Fasting was just a hole with no message.
We were all terrified. Don Lasagna fell in a faint. Don Cagliero was as white as a sheet, and leaning on a chair called out, “Is it possible that things have already come to such a sorry pass?” Don Lazzero and Don Quidazio were beside themselves and reached for support. Don Francesia, Count Cays, Don Barberis and Don Leveratto were on their knees, rosaries in hand and praying.
Then we heard a somber voice that told us, “See how that splendid color is now faded”.
The message of the young man
We were grouped together in the darkness when a remarkable thing happened.
We were plunged into pitch blackness, and suddenly there appeared a brilliant light in the form of a human body. At first the light dazzled our eyes. Then we were able to make out a handsome young man of imposing and charming mien, dressed in white garments delicately worked in gold and silver thread. He approached us and spoke these words:
“Servants and instruments of the omnipotent God, hark and take heed; be strong and courageous.”
“What you have seen and heard is a message from heaven for you and your brethren. Pay attention to it and understand it well.”
“Forewarned is forearmed, and the faults you have witnessed can be avoided.”
“All the texts you have read must form the themes of your preaching. Speak of them unceasingly in season and out of season. But be careful to practice what you preach so that your works will shine forth and build up a strong and healthy tradition for your present brethren and future generations of your sons.”
“Listen carefully and heed these words.”
“Be circumspect in accepting novices. Cultivate them with great care. Be prudent in admitting them to vows. Test them well and keep only the good. Send away the frivolous and the fickle.”
“Listen carefully and heed these words.”
“Meditate morning and evening on the observance of the Constitutions. If you do this the help of God will never fail you. You will be a revelation before men and angels, and your glory will be God’s glory. It will be said of you: This is the Lord’s work and it is marvelous in our eyes. Then all your brethren and your sons will sing with one voice: Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name give glory”.
These last words were sung, and to the speaker’s voice there joined a multitude of other voices so melodious and resonant that we were left benumbed and bemused, and to prevent ourselves from swooning we joined in the singing.
When the music ended there was darkness. I awoke and saw that it was already daylight.
Don Bosco’s footnote
This dream lasted most of the night and in the morning. I was exhausted. Still, for fear of forgetting it I rose quickly and made a few notes that have helped me recall what I have written here on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
I was not able to recall everything.
One of the many things I have learned with certainty is this: immense is the Lord’s mercy in our regard. Our Society is blessed by heaven. But the good Lord expects us to do our part.
We can forestall the evils that threaten us if we preach on the virtues and vices noted in the dream; if we practice what we preach and pass on to our brethren the authentic tradition of our past and future good works.
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.
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