St Joseph Cafasso: Don Bosco’s Spiritual Guide

The memorial of St. Joseph Cafasso on 23rd June invites us to look to him as a spiritual master of generations of priests.  One of these was Don Bosco who had him as teacher, confessor, spiritual director and benefactor.

Among the many qualities of Cafasso, some in particular deserve to be remembered: his awareness of the suffering in the world: all that exists is transient and of little value; man has a lot more suffering than joy. His awareness of the plight of human beings in the world, led him to attach great importance to a life well-led, and frequent meditation on the events that all must face, sooner or later, at the end of their earthly life. Reflection on the last things is a theme that recurs often in the preaching of Don Bosco.

Cafasso used to say to his students that a reference to the last things must be part of every sermon. But the most important theme is the goodness of God, to which Cafasso was especially sensitive, because of his dedication to the sacrament of Penance. In his Son Jesus, God has revealed himself full of goodness and mercy. Merciful love is the basis of all human activity. Love is stronger than fear. Love compels us to serve our neighbour, and leads us to the fullness of the Christian life, which is holiness.

Source: Info ANS

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