Tuesday, January 31, 2017


'Tis the Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest (1815-1888, A.K.A. Don Bosco), founder of the Salesian Society, formally the Society of St. Francis de Sales; the Salesian Sisters, formally the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians; & the Association of Salesian Cooperators: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.D.B., Wikipedia-link F.M.A., & Wikipedia-link A.S.C.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialization & urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment & education of street children, juvenile delinquents, & other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventative System.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Encouraged during his youth to become a priest so he could work with young boys, John was ordained in 1841. His service to young people started when he met a poor orphan & instructed him in preparation for receiving Holy Communion. He then gathered young apprentices & taught them catechism. After serving as chaplain in a hospice for working girls, John opened the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales for boys. Several wealthy & powerful patrons contributed money, enabling him to provide two workshops for boys, shoemaking & tailoring. By 1856, the institution had grown to 150 boys & had added a printing press for publication of religious & catechetical pamphlets.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Aiden of Ferns, Bishop (circa 550-632, A.K.A. Máedóc, Mogue): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, Religious, T.O.S.F. (circa 1474-1533): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter twelve, verses one thru four;
Psalm Twenty-two, verses twenty-six(b) thru twenty-eight & thirty thru thirty-two;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter five, verses twenty-one thru forty-three;

or, for St. John:
The Letter to the Philippians, chapter four, verses four thru nine;
Psalm One Hundred Three, verse one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eighteen, verses one thru five.

Individual Reading
The Book of Job, chapter twenty-two (verses one thru thirty);
The Book of Job, chapter twenty-three (verses one thru seventeen);
The Book of Job, chapter twenty-four (verses one thru twenty-five).

Commentary: IV: Third Cycle of Speeches—Eliphaz's Third Speech (22, inclusive) & Job's Seventh Reply (23 & 24, inclusive).

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