Your decrees are my delight,
they are my counselors.
1 Jerusalem surrenders to Nebukadnezzar II, king of Babylon, in March of 597 B.C., the year during which the forced exile of many influential citizens began. Other deportations follow after the final destruction of the city in the years 587-586. It is not known how many in all were deported to Babylon even if Jer 52:30 talks about “four thousand six hundred.” The date of Ezekiel's deportation is not known. For Don Alberione it would have happened between the years 601-599 (cf. p. 141), but it is a dubious conjecture, with him believing that the ministry of Ezekiel began “after five years of exile.” One cannot understand however how the prophet, from Babylon, could have excited the Jews to repentance before the fall of Jerusalem (cf. p. 142).
2 “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
3 Mons. Marius Besson (Turin 1876 - Freiburg 1945), bishop of Lausanne, Geneva, and Freiburg in Switzerland, was a zealous pastor, of vast and solid theological and historical culture. He exercised a notable influence in international circles, next to the Society of Nations that had its seat in Geneva. He was the animator of charitable and cultural organizations, of Catholic Action and of the Good Press. Among the Protestants, he was known for his conciliatory spirit. Among his writings, Don Alberione quotes, in the Italian version, L'Église et la Bible, published in Freiburg in 1927.
4 Don Giovanni Bosco (Castelnuovo d'Asti 1815 - Turin 1888), beatified by Pius XI on 2 June 1929, would be canonized by him on 1 April 1934. The “purpose” of his life, in LS, described by Abraham's words (Gn 14:21), was in reality the education of young boys through the known “preventive system,” aiming at forestalling evil instead of correcting it. Such a system, illustrated by the author in an outline of nine pages, was known also by Don Alberione (cf. G. BARBERO, Relazioni ed analogie tra Don Giacomo Alberione e San Giovanni Bosco, e tra la Famiglia Paolina e la Famiglia Salesiana, Unpublished monograph, Rome 1988).