Saint John Bosco (Don Bosco): 1815-1888, Founder of the Salesians, Canonized in 1934 by Pius XI
Readings of the day: RB 7:34Mass: 2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17; Resp. Psalm 32; Mark 6:1-6
Saint John Bosco Today I remember a former student, now friend and ordained priest, a delightful young man. His patron is John Bosco. It is said that John Bosco had ‘an extraordinary gift for handling difficult youths without punishment but with a gentle and effective firmness’. He used to do gymnastics while entertaining the young. The beauty is that my friend is also a gymnast—he can even do back flips! May St John Bosco intercede for all priests.
I share two quotations I found this morning, not unrelated to today’s readings:BLESSED IS THE ONE IN WHOSE SPIRIT THERE IS NO GUILE.(Psalm 32:2)[A saint] was once asked, while playing happily with his companions, what he would do if an angel told him that in a quarter of an hour he would die and have to appear before the judgment seat of God. The saint promptly replied that he would continue playing because I am certain these games are pleasing to God.(St John Bosco)AND THEY TOOK OFFENSE AT HIM.(Mark 6:3)Meekness was the method Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized, and still others to gain hope in God’s mercy. Thus he bade us to be gentle and humble of heart.(St John Bosco)LOVING GOD,HELP US TO BE GENTLE AND HUMBLE OF HEARTWITH ALL THOSE WE ENCOUNTER TODAY.INCREASE OUR FAITH.