Commentary: Wayback Machine. Son of Venerable Margherita Occhiena Bosco.
Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Priest, Confessor, Founder, "Father & Teacher of Youth." 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 Preventive System.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Encouraged during his youth to becoem 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 in 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 the boys, shoemkaing & tailoring. By 1856, the institution had grown in one hundred fifty boys & had added a printing press for publication of religious & catechetical pamphlets.'Tis also the festival of Saint Marcella, Religious (325-410): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Aiden of Ferns, Bishop (circa 550-632; also spelt Aedan; formerly Anglicized as Hugh; A.K.A. Máedóc, Mogue): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, Religious, T.O.S.F. (circa 1473-1533, A.K.A. Louisa Albertoni Cetera): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter twenty-four, verses two & nine thru seventeen;
Psalm Thirty-two, verses one & two, five, six, & seven;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter six, verses one thru six.
Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel develops a theme that is uncomfortable. It tells how the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus. Authentically religious people, authentically spiritual people, will almost always be opposed. The logic behind this is simple and unanswerable: we live in a world gone wrong, a world turned upside down; therefore, when someone comes speaking the truth to us, we will think that they are crazy and dangerous.Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Think for just a moment what would happen to you if you consistently and publicly spoke the word of God to our culture. If you spoke out against abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, human trafficking, rampant materialism, and ideological secularism, what would happen to you? If you presented, in a full-throated way, the full range of Catholic social and moral and spiritual teaching, what would they do to you? Today’s Gospel offers a clue.
Mass Readings—Memorial of Saint John Bosco
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.
Saint Quote o' the Day
"A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities."Bonus! Song o' the Day
—St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church (1225-1274, feast day: 28 January)
The Daughters of Mary, "Hail Holy Queen" from De Profundis (The Last Angry Man)
Commentary: Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!