After Saint Jospeh Cafasso became a priest, he was a very popular teacher and spiritual advisor. He encouraged all his students to keep very high standards, and he ministered to prisoners and worked to make their lives better. Saint Joseph also worked very hard to keep the government from telling the Church what to do.
Right now, Catholics in the United States are observing the Fortnight for Freedom, two weeks of prayer and fasting devoted to religious freedom (June 21 - July 4). Our bishops are concerned that the government will prevent Catholics from following what we believe. Today, make a sacrifice for religious freedom. Will you give up a favorite food, a favorite activity, or a favorite toy?