Thought for the Day – 7 August – The Memorial of St Cajetan
St Cajetan sought first and foremost, the will of the Lord in his life.
Dedicated not only to Church reform but to also reform of the evils of the world he encountered on a daily basis, this humble saint gave all that he had to service of those around him.
He worked with the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick, the most undesirable souls he could find—nursing them physically back to help, assisting with their finances and most of all, he worked hard to save and convert their souls.
The greatest need of the time was the reformation of a Church that was “sick in head and members.”
Cajetan and three friends decided that the best road to reformation lay in reviving the spirit and zeal of the clergy.
Together they founded a congregation known as the Theatines–from Teate [Chieti] where their first superior-bishop had his see. One of these friends later became Pope Paul IV.
Saint Cajetan is a model of obedience, service and Christian charity—three virtues we can all ascribe to.
We pray for the intercession of St Cajetan, that we, too, may turn our gaze from our own lives to those around us in greater need.
St Cajetan, pray for us!