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Today’s Readings – Saint John Bosco, Priest

St John Bosco, Priest (Memorial)

John Bosco was born in 1815 in the village of Becchi in the Piedmont district of northern Italy, and grew up on his parents’ small farm. On the death of his father when John was only two years old, his mother Margaret and her three boys found it increasingly difficult to support themselves. Even as a small boy, John had to help his brothers on the farm. In spite of this, he was remembered as a happy and imaginative child. He liked to entertain his friends with juggling and walking on a tightrope, but would insist on beginning and ending these sessions with a prayer.

As he grew older, he began to think of becoming a priest, although poverty and lack of education seemed to rule this out. A kind priest, recognising the boy’s intelligence, taught … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Monday of Week 4 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Hebrews 11:32-40

We continue today another part of this wonderful passage about faith and what our Old Testament predecessors were prepared to undergo in order to preserve the integrity of their faith and trust in God. Many of the sufferings described are … Continue


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