ST CAJETAN, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: AUGUST 7
Cajetan was born at Vicenza of the noble house of Tiene and was at once dedicated by his Mother to the Virgin Mother of God. Having obtained degrees in canon and civil laws at Padua, he went to Rome. There he was appointed to a position in the papal trust by Julius II, and then he was ordained a priest.
HE APPLIED HIMSELF CONTINUOUSLY TO THE SALVATION OF HIS NEIGHBOUR
He founded hospitals with his own money and even served those having infectious diseases with his own hands. He applied himself continuously to the salvation of his neighbour; for this reason he was called the Hunter of Souls.
Earnestly wishing to restore the corrupted discipline of the clergy to the model of the apostolic life, he founded an Order of Clerks Regular [Theatines] who, having laid aside the care of all earthly things, were neither to possess revenue nor to beg for the necessities of life from the faithful, but were to live entirely upon alms given spontaneously.
CAJETAN MADE HIS SOLEMN VOWS
Accordingly, with the approval of Clement VII, at the high altar of the Vatican basilica, together with John Peter Caraffa, Bishop of Chieti, who was afterwards to become Pope Paul IV, and two other men of distinguished piety, Cajetan made his solemn vows. He promoted, in the highest degree, zeal for divine worship, the beauty of the house of God, the observance of the sacred ritual and the more frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist. Full of merits, he passed [in 1547] at Naples, where his body is honoured with great devotion in the church of St Paul.
O God, who bestowed upon St Cajetan, your Confessor, the grace to follow the apostolic way of life; grant us by his intercession and example ever to trust in you and to long only for the things of heaven. Through our Lord…
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964