Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Cajetan, August 7,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Cajetan, August 7,2017

The children of Israel lament, “We are famished,” yet “we see nothing before us but this manna.” The disciples of Jesus lament: The people are famished, but all we have is five loaves and two fish. God’s response is always superabundance: from manna, to multiplied loaves, to the Eucharistic flesh of his own Son.

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Opening Prayer

“Lord Jesus Christ, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Psalm 81:16). Fill me with gratitude for your blessings and give me a generous heart that I may freely share with others what you have given to me.” In your NAME, I pray. Amen.

Reading I
Numbers 11:4b-15

The children of Israel lamented, “Would that we had meat for food!
We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna.”

Manna was like coriander seed and had the color of resin. When they had gone about and gathered it up, the people would grind it between millstones or pound it in a mortar, then cook it in a pot and make it into loaves, which tasted like cakes made with oil. At night, when the dew fell upon the camp, the manna also fell.

When Moses heard the people, family after family, crying at the entrance of their tents, so that the LORD became very angry, he was grieved.
“Why do you treat your servant so badly?” Moses asked the LORD.
“Why are you so displeased with me that you burden me with all this people? Was it I who conceived all this people? Or was it I who gave them birth, that you tell me to carry them at my bosom, like a foster father carrying an infant, to the land you have promised under oath to their fathers?  Where can I get meat to give to all this people? For they are crying to me, ‘Give us meat for our food.’ I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face this distress.”

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R (2a) Sing with joy to God our help.
“My people heard not my voice,
and Israel obeyed me not;
So I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts;
they walked according to their own counsels.”
Sing with joy to God our help.
“If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
Quickly would I humble their enemies;
against their foes I would turn my hand.”
Sing with joy to God our help.
“Those who hated the LORD would seek to flatter me,
but their fate would endure forever,
While Israel I would feed with the best of wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would fill them.”
Sing with joy to God our help.

Gospel
Mt 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves.”
He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me,’
and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples,
who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied,
and they picked up the fragments left over—
twelve wicker baskets full.
Those who ate were about five thousand men,
not counting women and children.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 1 – Why spend your money for what is not bread? 

It is the sad truth that nothing material will ever suffice and make us feel fulfilled. There will never be enough to fill us and make us full. Nothing in this world will ever bring us what we always say as enough. As long as we look in the wrong places, we will always be left in the middle of nowhere trying to make things to happen for us. Being fulfilled is a state of mind that will never be ours so long as we remain focused on what we can do rather than on what God can do and provide.

The desire of every man is to be financially capable and independent that some go to great lengths of accumulating what will be more than sufficient for economic security. Just what will be enough has eluded every man that all activities are centered on what will ensure its fulfillment sooner than later. We continue to say just a little more today but tomorrow we are still at it and the next day after. Our hearts are so attached to what will bring satisfaction and security that we become very material oriented. God is asking us to respond to this question: “Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy?”

In today’s gospel, the disciples realized that they did not have enough to feed the five thousand men, not counting women and children. The question that troubled them is exactly the very question that most of us have failed to answer, what is enough? No amount will ever be enough, much more five loaves and the two fish. But what can we do to make things happen?

Jesus came into this world for a reason. If we give our all to Him and allow Him to do His job in us, we will always be full and sufficient. With Jesus, we have more than enough and all things are possible. With Jesus, we can do all things as He strengthens us.

Why focus on things that will never bring the joy of being with our God? Why center on what we can do when we are always limited and handicapped? Why always bring our hearts to something that is utterly beyond us?

God is asking us to place ourselves in His Hands, just as the apostles placed the little basket of five loaves of bread and two fish in the hands of Jesus. With Jesus, we have more than enough. With Him, we have everything.

Thus says the LORD:
All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life. I will renew with you the everlasting covenant, the benefits assured to David. Isaiah 55:1-3

Today, amidst the seeming collapse of the financial world, God is telling us not to spend our money for what is not bread, our wages for what fails to satisfy. He has promised to care for us and give us all that we need. He is asking us to spend our lives with Him and give our all to Him. When we do that, we have done what is needed. The impossible becomes possible and we are blessed to our amazement. With God we are more than sufficient.

Direction

“There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” As a community, let God’s Word and His sacraments be our food for spiritual strength. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I trust that You will always be with me. With You I am more than sufficient. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Reflection 2 – Give them something to each yourselves

In the gospel (Mt 14:13-21), Jesus and his friends and those who had come with him gathered a “lonely place” obviously not suitable to minister to the needs of a hungry crowd. He said to the disciples two thousand years ago: “Give them something to eat yourselves” (Mt 11:16; Lk 9:13). Instead of protesting that they had little, the disciples simply gave what they had: the five loaves and two fish. The obedience of the disciples points to us to be cured of our self-centeredness, dishonesty, irresponsibility and greed in order to become generous. Jesus asks us today to give a little bit of cash we might have spent more selfishly, an hour spent with someone who is grieving, of love extended to someone who is lonely, and a bit of energy helping our church.

The feeding of the five thousand shows the remarkable generosity of God and his great kindness to us just like a single seed of wheat that is planted by a farmer in a good soil and after few months of patient waiting and prayer, God blesses the farmer with a harvest of hundred-fold seeds. With the farmer’s and baker’s sacrifice we have bread at our table to give us strength and life until the next day. And this miracle of the multiplication of the loaves points to the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist – Jesus-to-be broken, distributed and eaten when he gave himself at the Last Supper and continuous to give himself in the Eucharist. He speaks of the presence of his body and blood in this new meal. In the Eucharist, Jesus made himself an offering and sacrifice, a gift that was truly pleasing to the Father. He “offered himself to God” (Heb 9:14) and “gave himself as a sacrifice to God” (Eph 5:2) for the forgiveness of sins (Mt 26:28). And St. Ignatius of Antioch (35-107 A.D.) calls it the “one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live forever in Jesus Christ.” This meal was a memorial of his death and resurrection.

We, too, are leaven for the world as we announce: “This is my body given for you.” And this is the source of our salvation and resurrection on the last day. As Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them to life on the last day” (Jn 6:54). Do you believe Him and submit to the Father’s will wholeheartedly?

Reflection 3 – Jesus blessed the loaves and fishes

What can truly satisfy our deepest hunger and longing? Wherever Jesus went multitudes of people gathered to meet him – people from every part of society – rich and poor, professionals and laborers, even social outcasts and pagans. What drew them to Jesus? Were they simply curious or looking for a healing? Many were drawn to Jesus because they were hungry for God. Jesus’ message of God’s kingdom and the signs and wonders he performed stirred fresh hope and expectation that God was acting in a new and powerful way to set people free from sin and oppression and to bring them the blessings of his kingdom.

God never rests in caring for our needs
Jesus never disappointed those who earnestly sought him out. We see a marvelous example of this when Jesus and his twelve disciples got into the boat to seek out a lonely place for some rest along the lake of Galilee, only to discover a crowd of a few thousand people had already gathered in anticipation of their arrival! Did Jesus’ disciples resent this intrusion on their plan to rest awhile? Jesus certainly didn’t – he welcomed them with open-arms. His compassion showed the depths of God’s love and care for his people. Jesus spoke the word of God to strengthen them in faith and he healed many who were sick.

God multiplies the little we have to bring great blessing to others
As evening approached the disciples wanted Jesus to send the people away. Jesus, instead, commanded his disciples to feed the whole crowd. Why did Jesus expect his disciples to do what seemed impossible – to feed such a large and hungry crowd when there was no adequate provision in sight? Jesus very likely wanted to test their faith and to give them a sign of God’s divine intervention and favor for his people. Jesus took the little they had – five loaves and two fish – and giving thanks to his heavenly Father, distributed to all until were satisfied of their hunger. Twelves baskets full of fish and loaves that were leftover show the overflowing generosity of God’s gifts to us – gifts that bring blessing, healing, strength, and refreshment.

Bread from heaven to sustain us on our journey
Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospel accounts (Luke 9:10-17, Mark 6:34-44, John 6:51-58, Matthew 14:13-21). What is the significance of this miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude recalled the miraculous provision of manna in the wilderness under Moses’ leadership and intercession for his people (Exodus 16). The daily provision of food for the people of Israel during their forty years of journeying in the barren wilderness foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would pass on to his disciples at his last supper meal on the eve of his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus makes a claim which only God can make: He is the true bread of heaven that can satisfy the deepest hunger we experience (John 6:32-35). The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, when Jesus said the blessing, broke and distributed the loaves through his disciples to feed the multitude, is a sign that prefigures the superabundance of the unique bread of the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper which sustains us on our journey to the kingdom of heaven.

God multiplies the little we have so we can bring his blessing to others
The feeding of the five thousand shows the remarkable generosity of God and his great kindness towards us. When God gives, he gives abundantly. He gives more than we need for ourselves that we may have something to share with others, especially those who lack what they need. God takes the little we have and multiplies it for the good of others. Do you trust in God’s provision for you and do you share freely with others, especially those who lack?

“Lord Jesus Christ, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts and you feed us with the finest of wheat (Psalm 81:16). Fill me with gratitude for your blessings and give me a generous heart that I may freely share with others what you have given to me.” – Read the source: http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/2017/aug7.htm

Reflection 4 – Lunch Provided

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:19

Whenever my wife and I plan to spend a day on the road away from home, we do what many people do: We bring along some food for lunch. Shirley often packs sandwiches, fruit, and cold drinks for a pleasant stop along the way. When our children were young, it was even more important to have Cheerios, graham crackers, and juice boxes handy.

The more than 5,000 people who traveled from nearby towns to hear Jesus by the Sea of Galilee apparently didn’t plan ahead. Had they forgotten all about food in their excitement to be near Jesus? Were they surprised when the hunger pangs arrived? We don’t know. But we do know this: One wise mother had packed some bread and fish for her son. It wasn’t much, but what she had prepared for her boy became enough to feed thousands when blessed by the Lord.

Try as we might to prepare for life’s needs, we do not always succeed. The unexpected happens. Then we panic. We’re not sure what to do. It’s at those times that we can rely on our Lord’s willingness and ability to meet our needs–not only physically but spiritually as well. The words of Philippians 4:19 reassure us, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  — David C. Egner

He clothes the lilies, feeds the birds;
Would He to you, then, pay less heed?
Look up to Him with prayerful heart,
He will supply your every need. –Renfrow

God gives enough grace for whatever we face (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).

Reflection 5 – Refuse To Rush

He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. –Matthew 14:13

They call themselves “rovers.” Their goal is to visit all 270 stations on the London Underground, the world’s largest subway system, in the shortest time. The current world record is 18 hours, 18 minutes, 9 seconds. In the process, a rover will cover 245 miles on the “tube,” run 11 miles above ground between stations, and climb 3,000 stairs. Detours are annoying and delays are intolerable. Rush hour lasts all day.

There are times when rushing is required–to set a record, to win a race, or to save a life. But constant rushing can become a defense against responding to people in need. When we become obsessed with our plans, everything about us shouts, “Don’t even think about interrupting me!”

Who had more reasons to rush than Jesus? Yet no one responded to needy people more graciously than He did. Matthew described a time when Jesus went by boat to a deserted place for a well-deserved rest. But when Jesus saw the multitudes who had followed Him, “He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Mt. 14:14).

Yes, there are times to rush. But there are also times to accept interruptions as God-given opportunities to help people in need. Let’s follow Jesus’ example.  — David C. Egner

Lord, if I’m feeling rushed today,
I need Your eyes to help me see
That when an interruption comes
It is an opportunity. –Sper

Interruptions can be opportunities to serve (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).

Reflection 6 – The Right Signal

When Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them. —Matthew 14:14

It was a tragic mistake. On July 3, 1988, the guided-missile cruiserUSS Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner with 290 souls aboard. All were lost. The ship’s captain mistakenly thought they were under attack by an F-14 Iranian fighter.

Public opinion polls showed that most Americans opposed paying compensation to the victims’ families. The cruel treatment of American hostages in Iran was still fresh in many minds. But President Reagan approved compensation. Asked by reporters if such payment would send the wrong signal, he replied, “I don’t ever find compassion a bad precedent.”

The principle of revenge is so much simpler to practice. Yet compassion is Christ’s way—a deep caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the whole person. It reveals the heart of God for sinful people—for you and for me.

The feeding of the 5,000 was a miracle born out of compassion. Jesus was moved by the physical and spiritual needs of the people (Matthew 14:14; Mark 6:34). He was not content just to teach them and then send them on their way.

As Christians, we must look at the whole person through the eyes of Jesus. Being moved by compassion always sends the right signal.
— Dennis J. De Haan

Give me a heart sympathetic and tender,
Jesus, like Thine, Jesus, like Thine;
Touched by the needs that are surging around me,
And filled with compassion divine. —Anon.

Compassion is love in action (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).

Reflection 7 – The biggest miracle of the Eucharist

In our Gospel reading today, we see the desert-tired Israelites complaining: “We sure wish we could have meat for a change! We never get anything but this boring manna.” Gone was their awe and wonder about the miraculous food that came straight from heaven to nourish them daily.

Miracles don’t seem miraculous when they’re commonplace, do they?

We have at every Mass a miraculous food that comes straight from heaven to nourish us. By divine intervention, Jesus Christ is fully present, body and soul — his humanity and his divinity — looking like simple bread and wine. In the Eucharist, he feeds us with his total self so that our own body and soul are nourished while we journey through the desert of life’s difficulties.

Sadly, the Eucharist can be so commonplace that it’s easy to lose the awe and wonder of what really happens at Mass. Why else would we complain that God is not doing enough to heal us or deliver us from hardships or give us whatever we’re lacking?

When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish in today’s Gospel reading, he gave the people a foretaste of the nourishment he would provide through the Eucharist. That meal took care of their physical hunger, and they had lots of leftovers as proof that God doesn’t provide only what we need, but so much more, too.

Many saints throughout the centuries have lived for many years while eating nothing but the Eucharist. They are evidence that Christ’s presence in the consecrated bread truly does feed our bodies, not just our souls. How much are you fed by the Eucharist?

The Eucharist nourishes us in every way that we need to be fed if we participate in it fully. Minimal, half-hearted involvement in the Mass prevents us from participating fully in all the benefits of the Eucharist. Every prayer, the songs, the readings, and the communal experience of worship all work together to make the Eucharistic experience complete.

Full participation means that when we consume Jesus, he consumes us. We become more like him. Our holiness, which is already in us thanks to the Holy Spirit we received at baptism, is released. When the minister of the Eucharist proclaims to us, “This is the body (or the blood) of Christ,” our “amen” means we’re agreeing with the life-changing presence of Jesus. We’re agreeing to be changed!

The biggest miracle is not the bread and wine being changed into Christ. That only requires a priest ordained in the lineage of the Apostles, some unleavened bread, and certain prayers and rituals. It’s more miraculous for us to be changed into Christ-like Christians, which requires our free will and full participation.

Experiencing awe and wonder over the miracle of the Eucharist is not just about appreciating what happens in Mass. It’s also about appreciating and submitting ourselves to God’s power to transform us into holier people. – Read the source: http://gnm.org/good-news-reflections/?useDrDate=2017-08-07

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Reflection 8 – What the loaves symbolize?

“The Apostle says that the peace which God gives to those who love him surpasses all the sensual delights which man can enjoy on this earth….

“Saint Francis Xavier, in the midst of his labors in India for the glory of Jesus Christ, was so replenished with divine consolations that he exclaimed: Enough, O Lord, enough.” Where, I ask, has any love of this world been found so satisfied with the possessions of worldly goods as to say: Enough, O world, enough; no more riches, no more honors, no more applause, no more pleasures? Ah no! Worldliness are constantly seeking after higher honors, greater riches, and new delights; but the more they have of them, the less are their desires satisfied, and the greater their disquietude.

“It is necessary to persuade ourselves of this truth, that God alone can give content. Worldlings do not wish to be convinced of it, through an apprehension that, if they give themselves to God, they shall lead a life of bitterness and discontent. But, with the royal prophet, I say to them: O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet (Ps 34:9). Why, O sinners, will you despise and regard as miserable that life which you have not as yet tried? O taste and see. Begin to make a trial of it; hear Mass every day; practice mental prayer and the visitation of the most Holy Sacrament; go to Communion at least once a week; fly from evil conversations; walk always with God; and you shall see that, by such a life, you will enjoy that sweetness and peace which the world, with all its delights, has not hitherto been able to give you” (Source: St. Alphonus Liguori, +1787 A.D., Magnificat, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 25-26).

Reflection 9 – St. Cajetan (1480-1557 A.D.)

A native of Vicenza, Italy, Cajetan studied law, and worked in the Roman Curia before he sought ordination. He desired to live his priestly life in total dependence on God’s providence. “I see Christ poor and myself rich,” he said. “He is mocked, and I am a guest of honor. He is suffering, and I am delighting. I am dying to take a step towards meeting him.” In 1524 A.D. he and three others founded the Congregation of Clerks Regular, or the Theatines, priests devoted to prayer and the care of the poor. The last four years of his life were spent at Naples, where he offered his sufferings for the end of civil strife. He died in 1547 A.D. Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia.

His life took a characteristic turn when he joined the Oratory of Divine Love in Rome, a group devoted to piety and charity, shortly after his ordination at 36. When he was 42 he founded a hospital for incurables at Venice. At Vicenza, he joined a “disreputable” religious community that consisted only of men of the lowest stations of life—and was roundly censured by his friends, who thought his action was a reflection on his family. He sought out the sick and poor of the town and served them.

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. (One of them later became Paul IV.) Together they founded a congregation known as the Theatines (from Teate [Chieti] where their first superior-bishop had his see). They managed to escape to Venice after their house in Rome was wrecked when Emperor Charles V’s troops sacked Rome in 1527. The Theatines were outstanding among the Catholic reform movements that took shape before the Protestant Reformation. He founded a monte de pieta (“mountain [or fund] of piety”) in Naples—one of many charitable, nonprofit credit organizations that lent money on the security of pawned objects. The purpose was to help the poor and protect them against usurers. Cajetan’s little organization ultimately became the Bank of Naples, with great changes in policy.

Story:

When Cajetan was sent to establish a house of his congregation in Naples, a count tried to prevail upon him to accept an estate in lands. He refused. The count pointed out that he would need the money, for the people of Naples were not as generous as the people of Venice. “That may be true,” replied Cajetan, “but God is the same in both cities.”

Comment:

If Vatican II had been summarily stopped after its first session in 1962, many Catholics would have felt that a great blow had been dealt to the growth of the Church. Cajetan had the same feeling about the Council of Trent (1545-63). But, as he said, God is the same in Naples as in Venice, with or without Trent or Vatican II. We open ourselves to God’s power in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, and God’s will is done. God’s standards of success differ from ours.

Read the source:  http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1100

SAINT OF THE DAY
Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God’s invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cajetan

This article is about Saint Cajetan. For Cardinal Cajetan, see Thomas Cajetan. For Saint Cajetan Catanoso, see Gaetano Catanoso.
SAINT CAJETAN
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Saint Cajetan
CONFESSOR
BORN October 1, 1480
VicenzaVenetoRepublic of Venice (now Italy)
DIED August 7, 1547 (aged 66)
NaplesCampaniaKingdom of Naples
VENERATED IN Roman Catholic Church
BEATIFIED October 8, 1629, Rome by Pope Urban VIII
CANONIZED April 12, 1671, Rome by Pope Clement X
FEAST August 7
PATRONAGE bankers; gamblers; unemployed people; workers; non-gamblers; document controllers; job seekers; ; AlbaniaItaly;Ħamrun (Malta); Argentina;BrazilEl SalvadorGuatemala

Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene (October 1, 1480 – August 7, 1547), was an Italian Catholic priest and religious reformer, who helped found the Theatines. He is recognised as a saint in the Catholic Church, and his feast day is August 7.

Life[edit]

St. Cajetan was born in October 1480, the son of Gaspar, lord of Thiene, and Mary Porta, persons of the first rank among the nobility of the territory of Vicenza, in Lombardy.[1]

His father died when he was two years of age. Quiet and retiring by nature,[2] he was predisposed to piety by his mother. Cajetan studied law in Padua, receiving his degree as doctor utriusque juris (i.e., in civil and canon law) at age 24. In 1506 he worked as a diplomat for Pope Julius II, with whom he helped reconcile the Republic of Venice.[3]But he was not ordained a priest until the year 1516.

With the death of Pope Julius II in 1513. Cajetan withdrew from the papal court.[3] Recalled to Vicenza by the death of his mother, he founded in 1522 a hospital for incurables there.[4] By 1523 he had established a hospital in Venice, as well. His interests were as much or more devoted to spiritual healing than the physical kind, and he joined a confraternity in Rome called the “Oratory of Divine Love“.[1]He intended to form a group that would combine the spirit of monasticism with the exercises of the active ministry.

Theatines[edit]

A new congregation was canonically erected by Pope Clement VII in the year 1524. One of his four companions was Giovanni Pietro Carafa, the Bishop of Chieti, elected first superior of the order, who later became pope as Paul IV. From the name of the city of Chieti (in LatinTheate), arose the name by which the order is known, the “Theatines“.[4] The order grew at a fairly slow pace: there were only twelve Theatines in 1527 during the sack of Rome in 1527, during which Cajetan was tortured by the Spanish soldiers of Charles V.[5]The Theatines managed to escape to Venice.[4]

There Cajetan met Jerome Emiliani, whom he assisted in the establishment of his Congregation of Clerks Regular. In 1533 he founded a house in Naples. The year 1540 found him in Venice again and from there he extended his work to Verona.[3] He founded a bank to help the poor and offer an alternative to usurers (loan sharks).[6] It later became the Bank of Naples.

Cajetan died in Naples on August 7, 1547.[6] His remains are in the church of San Paolo Maggiore in Naples; outside the church is Piazza San Gaetano, with a statue.

Veneration[edit]

He was beatified on October 8, 1629, by Pope Urban VIII. On April 12, 1671, Cajetan was canonized[6] together with Rose of LimaLuis BeltránFrancis Borgia andFelipe Benicio. Saint Cajetan’s feast day is celebrated on August 7.

Patronage[edit]

He is known as the patron saint of Argentina, the unemployed,[7]gamblers, document controllers, and good fortune.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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