DON BOSCO DAY BY DAY
Don Bosco continued to put Count Cays off and told him to make a retreat and a special novena to obtain God’s guidance on such an important step. Seeing Don Bosco work a miracle assured him that this was a sign from God to make the decision.
He hesitated no longer. He went into Don Bosco’s room, told him that he had decided that, if the miracle occurred, he would take it as a sign from above. He spoke to Don Bosco. “If Don Bosco will have me, I want to become a Salesian.”
“Come and join us, I will accept you.”
“When can I come?”
“Whenever you like.”
“I would like to come tomorrow, the feast of Mary Help of Christians and the 40th anniversary of my marriage but as I still have some business to clear up, I’ll come on the 26th if nothing prevents me.”
“Very good. The 26th is the feast of St. Philip Neri. This saint, so devoted to the Madonna, will hopefully gain for you the grace of perseverance.”
He did as he promised. To tell the truth we must not hide the fact that for the first 24 hours and especially during the night he had to put up a formidable struggle.
On the second day he went along once more to Don Bosco and opened his heart to him. Don Bosco, made aware of the temptation, and who at first had done all he could to discourage him from taking the step was now just as adamant that he should persevere. He said that he had warned him that there would be early difficulties and how it had seemed that God had given him certain signs of a vocation.
“You’re right,” said Count Gays, now less disturbed, “I had not given these ideas sufficient thought. I let myself get all worked up about nothing.” (MB XIII, 223-225)