And so the young Dominic Savio did as told. He did his duties well, was a friend to all, became loved by all. But an illness struck the young Dominic. At the age of 15, he passed away. On his deathbed, his last words were: "Oh how beautiful these things I see..."
He was the youngest non-martyr to be canonized a saint.
John Bosco records that on the day of his First Communion, Dominic made some promises which he wrote in a "little book", and re-read them many times. John Bosco once looked through Dominic's book, and he quotes from it the promises that he made:
Resolutions made by me, Dominic Savio, in the year 1849, on the day of my First Communion, at the age of seven.
1. I will go to Confession often, and as frequently to Holy Communion as my confessor allows.
2. I wish to sanctify the Sundays and festivals in a special manner.
3. My friends shall be Jesus and Mary.
4. Death rather than sin.
Around six months after Dominic had come to the Oratory, he had the occasion to listen to a talk on sainthood. John Bosco records that the talk had three main points that impressed Dominic:
1. That it is God's will that each one should become a saint.
2. That it is easy to become a saint.
3. That there is a great reward waiting in heaven for those who try to become saints.
Read about his life in this wonderful entry from Wikipedia.
St. Dominic Savio, please pray for us and for Jose Cardinal Sanchez.
Receive his soul and present Jose to God the Most High.