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Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

St. Cajetan founder of the holy order, whose members are called Theatines, was born in 1487, at Vicenza, in Lombardy, of noble and pious parents. Immediately after his baptism, his mother consecrated him to the Blessed Virgin, humbly begging her to guard him and take his spiritual welfare under her motherly protection. His entire after life proved how effectual his mother's prayers had been. He was never, even in his most tender years. His greatest pleasure consisted in praying, building small altars, giving alms to the poor, and being most perfect in his obedience to his parents.His whole conduct was such, that even in childhood, he was called a saint. He then went to the University and always made it his greatest care to preserve his innocence unspotted among so many temptations.

Having received, at Padua, the degree of civil and canon laws, he repaired to Rome, where he was ordained priest, and preferred by Pope Julius II. to a high ecclesiastical position.After the death of the Pope he resigned his dignity and returned to his home desiring to work more effectually for the salvation of souls. He served the sick in and out of the hospitals,with untiring charity, in the time of pestilence. His labors were confined to his native town however, he went to Venice. His aim was to save souls. The sick, he persuaded by kind and gentle exhortations; and others he moved to virtue by his earnest sermons.

His devotion when he said mass was equalled by zeal while preaching. When he had the opportunity, he tried to win a soul for the Almighty. After some time, he went again to Rome inspired by God, and with the co-operation of three other pious and learned men, he founded an Order for such priests as desired to live an apostolic life.to observe carefully the sacred ceremonies of the church; restore the observance of pious conduct in the temples dedicated to the worship of the Most High; to labor in opposition to the heretics; assist the sick and dying, and in a word, to promote the welfare of men to the best of their ability.

LUKE 19:1-10


Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Zacchaeus was a tax collector seen as a sinner, dishonest man But Jesus doesn’t choose who He saves. His love and forgiveness is for everyone. In the Gospel, we can see that Jesus “seeks those who are lost”. We can be compared to Zacchaeus because like him, we, too, are sinners who at one point in our life, neglected or doubted Jesus however, We see here that despite our imperfections, Jesus loves us anyway just like in the story, Zacchaeus received forgiveness and acceptance by God . He will always reach out to us and try to talk to us so it’s up to us to respond to Him. In the end, Zacchaeus gives half of his wealth to the poor to show his willingness to follow Him. Truly, what Zacchaeus gave up was nothing compared to what he was being offered.


-Do you believe that what Zacchaeus gave up was nothing compared to what Jesus was offering him?

-Are we open to receiving God’s graces or are we just “too busy” to ?


Dear God, Thank you for everything. Thank you for your everlasting love even if we have sinned. Please continue to guide us and let us remember that we always have the chance to change to a better person. Please help us realize that You will always be there to welcome us with open arms. We love you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.