When we consider the devotions of Don Bosco we normally think of the three devotions that he promoted: devotion to the Holy Eucharist, our Blessed Mother and the Pope. Undoubtedly these are the three main devotions that he propagated. But there were also other devotions close to the heart of Don Bosco. One such devotion was the devotion to the Mercy of God. He considered God as the God of Mercy and constantly encouraged people, especially sinners, to have recourse to the mercy of God.
The God of Mercy
The God of Mercy Don Bosco thought of God mostly as Creator, Judge and as a loving and merciful Father. Of these, the image of God that dominates Don Bosco’s life is that of a loving and merciful Father. Having studied Don Bosco’s thoughts on God Fr. Stella says that for Don Bosco, “God is a merciful and provident Father, ‘our compassionate Father in heaven.’”Fr. Joseph Aubry points out that while in the earlier editions of the Companion of Youth Don Bosco spoke of God mostly as Creator and Judge in the 1863 edition he made a significant addition, namely that God is “the loving Father.” Fr. Aldo Giraudo notes that “at the heart of Don Bosco’s spirituality is the thought of God, a merciful and provident Father, his aving activity reaching out in tender love to every human being. He unceasingly invites man to respond to his love and enter into communion with him.” In the retreat that he preached at Lanzo in 1876 Don Bosco concluded exhortation to the Salesians to be assiduous in observing the rules by saying that the Lord would keep his promises as he “is full of kindness and mercy and will give us much more than we could ever dream of.” Don Bosco would reassure hardened sinners who feared whether God would forgive them by saying: “God is good and merciful, my friend. A single act of love can wipe away any sin.”