Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.

“God’s plans are always for the best, always wonderful.” — Venerable Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.

Solanus Casey was a Franciscan who died not so many years ago.  He was a very simple holy man.  He lived most of his younger years not far from my home, where he worked in the woods as a lumber jack.  He was deemed too limited intellectually to become a priest, but he persisted and was ordained.  Because his faculties were limited by his Ordinary, he wasn’t allowed to hear confessions;  essentially, he could only say Mass. He was given the simple duties of porter (doorman) of the local Franciscan community.  His wisdom became widely known and people came from great distances to speak to him.  There are many witnesses to the graces of God received through contact with this simple friar.   He is on the road to canonization.

If you get a chance, read his biography. You won’t be disappointed.

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