Founder of the Salesian Order, in the spirit of St Francis de Sales, today’s saint is also known as the ‘Apostle of Youth’, for his work among young people.

He said: ‘This was the method that Jesus used with the apostles. He put up with their ignorance and roughness and even their infidelity. He treated sinners with a kindness and affection that caused some to be shocked, others to be scandalised and still others to hope for God’s mercy. And so He bade us to be gentle and humble of heart’.

May he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.