Let us be attentive to our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today is the feast day of St. Dominic Savio, patron of one of our schools.
One of ten children of a blacksmith and seamstress and a pupil of Saint John Bosco, Dominic entered the Oratory School preparatory for becoming a priest. Well-liked and devout, his health forced him to give up his dream of the priesthood. He died around the age of 14; his dying words: "What beautiful things I see!" His birthplace is now a retreat house for teenagers; the home where he grew up in is now a retreat house for children. Deep faith abides in the hearts of all children.
From Mark 12 we hear:
"… they asked him which commandment is the first of all?' Jesus answered, 'The first is, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." There is no other commandment greater than these.'
Lord, help us to grow as close to you in love as St. Dominic. Like many young people, Dominic was painfully aware that he was different from his peers. He tried to keep his religiousness from his friends lest he be forced to endure their teasing and laughter.
Even after he died, some argued that he was too young to be canonized a saint. But your church wisely disagreed. No one is too young—or too old or too anything else—to achieve the holiness to which we all are called. Lord make our hearts bold to live out our faith!
With the joy of St. Dominic beside us we move onward with our day in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.