8/27 Feast Day of St. Joseph Calasanctius in the Traditional Rite

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St Joseph Calasanctius

The Church, having just celebrated the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th), venerates on this day a Saint who had a special devotion to Our Lady.  St. Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon, of a noble family, and from his youth showed his charity towards children.  While studying theology at Valencia, he had to defend himself against the enticements of a powerful noble lady and made a vow to enter into Holy Orders.  Having become a Priest, he was apprised by Divine Revelation that he was destined to teach and to train children, especially those of the poor.  He founded, in consequence, the Order of the Poor Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools of the Mother of God.  Like Jesus, he let little children come to him and taught them to fear God (fear as in not wanting to offend someone you love).

As per the consoling words of Our Lord Jesus Christ:  “Whosoever shall receive one of these little ones in My Name, receiveth Me.” Matthew 18:5

St. Joseph Calasanctius died in 1648 at the age of 92.