Marlon Cuevas writes about his experience in a street children center run by the Salesians and the lessons from it, and the Salesians who have inculcated in him a grateful heart.
To start with, I was an orphan.
My three siblings and I practically grew up at Tuloy sa Don Bosco, a center for street children under the Tuloy Foundation and Fr. Rocky Evangelista, a Salesian of of Don Bosco.
In my stay there, I consider two holy individuals whom I admire most because they have the spirit of Don Bosco: Fr. Rocky and Fr. Antonio “Beng-Beng” Molavin, SDB.
These two holy men taught me how to become a good and concerned citizen of our country. I am so grateful to them because they shared Don Bosco’s life, work, love and holiness to me and specially to my siblings.
They always told to us that there are two keys in order for us to go to heaven: by asking forgiveness through CONFESSION and by lining up in the Mass for COMMUNION.
In my innocent mind I followed these steps in order to achieve peace of mind and soul. But as I grew older as a teenager these things changed because of my friends that I encountered always. But I am still thankful that these Salesians are always there for us to remind that Don Bosco is always waiting for us in heaven.
My understanding about Don Bosco’s life and mission was deepened when I entered the seminary. In that institution I came across this important quote from him “For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready even to give my life.”
Somewhere along the way, I realized that I was not meant to become a Salesian.
But the quotation above stuck.
When I started to teach here at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Pampanga, I realized the gravity of that thought—and Don Bosco’s love for the youth.
I study my lessons every night and day . . . it is for them.
I work hard to finish my lessons, check the papers and compute the grades . . . it is for them.
I am ready to give my life for my loved ones, and this include my students.
It means that every day Don Bosco lives in me because of his valuable teachings that I am able to live out with to my students.
I am so thankful that Don Bosco’s teaching helps me always as I journey with my students.