The Letture Cattoliche or the Catholic Readings was St. John Bosco’s imaginative brainchild in his effort to bring good, decent and inspiring reading into the home. It appealed to a wide spectrum of persons from young to old, from commoners to high-born.
It was his most effective countermeasure against the anti-clerical, anti-Catholic and anti religious forces which were growing in influence during his lifetime.
The sheer volume of the work, the persevering fidelity to seek material, write original pieces, get guest authors, meet deadlines and see to printing, production and distribution staggers the mind.
A careful analysis of this apostolate reveals how much St. John Bosco involved others, laity, diocesan clergy, religious and, later, his own Salesians, in the apostolate of the press for the sake of the Gospel and the mission of the Church.
Reference time period: 1853 – 1888
S. Whelan, The Catholic Readings: writing for the masses, in «Journal of Salesian Sudies» 7 (1996) 2, 76-128.
Institute of Salesian Studies