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  • Special Prayer for Feast of Saint John Bosco
  • Daily LITURGY
  • Daily WORD
  • Events today in Church History
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      O God, Who did raise up Thy Holy Confessor John Bosco, to be a father and teacher of the young, and did will that he, assisted by the Virgin Mary, should cause new families to flourish in Thy Church, grant, we beseech Thee, that the same fire of charity having enkindled in us, we may be enabled to seek after souls and ever to serve Thee only.

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       Today is the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest, Confessor, and Religious Founder, who is considered the "Apostle of the Youth" and an appropriate feast to kick off Catholic Schools Week. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and vignettes on these feasts, see DAILY LITURGY.

    Monday, January 31, 2000

        First Reading: 2 Samuel 15: 13-14, 30; 16: 5-13
        Psalms: Psalm 3: 2-7
        Gospel Reading: Mark 5: 1-20

    Saint John Bosco, Mystical and Charismatic Priest, Religious Educator and Founder

    Tuesday, February 1, 2000

        First Reading: 2 Samuel 18: 9-10, 14, 24-25, 30-31; 19: 1-3
        Responsorial: Psalm 85: 1-6
        Gospel Reading: Mark 5: 21-43

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    "And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him, and crying out with a loud voice, he said, 'What have I do to with Thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I adjure Thee by God, do not torment me!' For He was saying to him, 'Go out of the man, thou unclean spirits.'"

    Mark 5: 6-8

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    Events that happened today in Church History

      On this date 1,686 years ago in 314 Pope Saint Sylvester I was elected the 33rd successor of Peter. It was this saintly Pontiff who convened the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea where the Nicene Credo was formulated. It was also Sylvester who established Sunday as the day of Sabbath, ergo a holyday in honor of the day Our Lord rose from the tomb on Easter Sunday. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for January 31:

    • 314 A.D.
    • Election of Pope Saint Sylvester I as 33rd successor of Peter. His pontificate would last 21 years and he would be the first Pope to wear the papal tiara. He would celebrate the first Ecumenical Council, overseeing the Council of Nicaea from Rome, yet would play a significant role in defining the "Credo" that would be said henceforth at all Masses. He would also institute Sunday as a holyday in memory of the Resurrection and would create the "Iron Cross" with a nail from the true Holy Cross of Christ.

    • 626 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Aidan, Irish missionary to Wales who founded numerous monasteries and churches and had many miracles attributed to him. Before he died he promised to protect three of his monasteries at Ferns, Drumlane and Rossinver and to seal this bequeathed his staff, a bell and a reliquary to the respective religious institutions. To this day the monasteries and willed gifts remain intact.

    • 1815 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Francis Xavier Bianchini, a Barnabite priest who was known and loved for his mystical gifts iincluding prophecies. In 1805 it is documented that when Mt. Vesuvius was preparing to erupt once more, he blessed the first river of lava that flowed down and it froze, stopping further eruptions. He is ofent called the "Apostle of Naples" because of his work with the poor, the desolate and juvenile delinquent teen boys and girls.

    • 1836 A.D.
    • Death of Blessed Mary Christina, royal daughter of King Victor Emmanuel who married the monarch of the two Sicilies King Ferdinand II. She was only 23 when she died.

    • 1888 A.D.
    • Death of Saint John Bosco, Founder of the Salesians. For more on this saint, see DAILY LITURGY.

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    Formation begins in the home

       They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "There are no no juvenile delinquents; there are only delinquent parents. The Fourth Commandment, 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' is hardly ever quoted today as a means of restoring domestic peace. If discipline in the home is neglected, it is rarely made up for later."

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