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God bless you. Today we celebrate the memorial of St Fr John Bosco founder of the congregation of Salesians. We also remember St Fr Alban Roe OSB Martyr, and St Fr Thomas Green (or Reynolds) Martyr.

Today's gospel is from St Matthew 18: 1-5, Unless You Become Like Little Children You Will Not Enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The scriptural reading in Vigil and Laud is from 1Thessalonians 2: 13- 3: 13, The Friendship Between Paul and the Thessalonians. it also includes information on some of the work of St Timothy with them.

The spiritual reading from Vigil and Laud is from a letter by St Father John Bosco, I Have Always Laboured Out of love. First of all, if we wish to appear concerned about the true happiness of our foster children and if we would move them to fulfill their duties, you must never forget that you are taking the place of the parents of these beloved young people. Yes, indeed, it is more fitting to be persistent in punishing our own impatience and pride than to correct the boys. I give you as a model the charity of Saint Paul which he showed to his converts. They often reduced him to tears and entreaties when he found them lacking docility, and even opposing his loving efforts. It is difficult to keep calm when administering punishments, but this must be done if we are to keep ourselves from showing off our authority or spilling our anger. Let us not rule over them except for the purpose of serving them better. This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity Jesus treated sinners with kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalized, and still others to hope for God's mercy. They are our sons, so in correcting their mistakes we must lay aside all anger and restrain it so firmly that it is extinguished entirely.

Optional spiritual reading is from a treatise on psalms by Saint Hilary of Poitiers, The Hearts and Minds of All Believers Were One

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