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January 31

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Today marks the Memorial of St. John Bosco.
 
When John was nine years old, Jesus appeared to him in a dream. In the dream, children were fighting and arguing like wild animals. Jesus called John forward and told him that he must lead a faith-filled life devoted to God. Jesus said, “You will have to win these friends of yours, not with blows but with gentleness and kindness.” The first dream was very powerful for John and he devoted his life to teaching people of Jesus’ message of peace and wining friends. 

Ordained as a priest in 1845, Father John Bosco dedicated his life to teaching children about faith. He is the patron saint of boys as he spent much of his life working and educating boys. He died in 1888, at the age of seventy-two and his work lives on with the Salesian Order he founded. Do an internet search for him – you ‘ll be surprised to see what he was about.

St. John Bosco is also the patron saint of apprentices, editors and publishers, schoolchildren, magicians, and young offenders. St. John created the Salesian communities though kindness, we are asked to build our school communities with small acts of kindness. The question that we need to be asking is: ‘How can I help today?’

St. John Bosco, pray for us as we say: 

God of harmony and unity, 
Enable us to work together to build your kingdom. 
Open our ears hear your voice
Open our eyes see your beauty in all creation
Open our minds to break down walls of fear and prejudice. 
Help us make our schools places of friendship, places of belonging, 
And places of welcome
where everyone feels safe
where everyone has a place 
and where all are united in You, loving Father. 

St. John Bosco pray for us during our day today and we ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ​