Saint for the Day - August 27 - St. Joseph
St. Joseph Calasanctius
was born in Arragon, in 1556. When only five years
old, he led a troop of children through the streets
to find the devil and kill him. He became a priest,
and was engaged in various reforms, when he heard a
voice saying, "Go to Rome," and had a vision of many
children who were being taught by him and by a
company of angels. When he reached the Holy City,
his heart was moved by the vice and ignorance of the
children of the poor. Their need mastered his
humility, and he founded the Order of Clerks Regular
of the Pious Schools. He himself provided all that
was necessary for the education of the children,
receiving nothing from them in payment, and there
were soon about a thousand scholars of every rank
under his care.
Each lesson began with prayer. Every half-hour
devotion was renewed by acts of faith, hope, and
charity, and towards the end of school-time the
children were instructed in the Catholic doctrine.
They were then escorted home by the masters, so as
to escape all harm by the way. But enemies arose
against Joseph from among his own subjects. They
accused him to the Holy Office, and at the age of
eighty-six he was led through the streets to prison.
At last the Order was reduced to a simple
congregation. It was not restored to its former
privileges till after the Saint's death. Yet he died
full of hope. "My work," he said, "was done solely
for the love of God."
Saint for the Day - St. Joseph Calasanctius
Read about the Saint for today - August 27 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"My children," said the Curé of
Ars, "I often think that most of
the Catholics who are lost are
lost for want of instruction;
they do not know their religion
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