June 23 – St. Joseph Cafasso – Franciscan Saint of the Day

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The life of St. Joseph Cafasso, Confessor, Third Order (1811-1860) for the June 23rd Franciscan Saint of the Day. He was an Italian priest who joined the third order and did much work with the disadvantaged, including the poor, orphans, and sick, but most particularly with prisoners. He also fought the heresy of Jansenism and promoted devotion to Mary and gave much counsel to the young St. John Bosco.

Reflection is on the spiritual needs of prisoners for whom Jesus also died and some are even innocent of the crimes they are condemned for.

Read by Fr. Terrance Chartier, FI from Marion Habig's "The Franciscan Book of Saints" Revised Edition, Franciscan Herald Press, ISBN: 978-0819907516

More on St Joseph Cafasso: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Cafasso

Ave Maria!

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