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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 2, 2013 Saint Cajetan by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari St. Cajetan was born in 1480, the son of Gaspar, lord of Thiene, and Mary Porta, both were among the nobility of Vicenza, in Lom- bardy, Italy. Cajetan was well grounded in his faith through the efforts of his mother. He studied law in Padua, receiving his degree in civil and canon law at age 24. In 1506, he worked as an envoy for Pope Julius II, and helped establish reconciliation with the Republic of Venice; he was ordained a priest in 1516. Cajetan was called to Vicenza by the death of his mother, it was there that he founded a hospital for incurables in 1522. It was during this period that he discovered that his interests were as much or more devoted to spiritual heal- ing than the physical kind, and he joined a confraternity in Rome called "The Oratory of Divine Love" intending to form a group that would combine the spirit of monasticism with the exercises of the active ministry. Cajetan went to Venice where he took up residence in a hospital, there he worked among the sick, and the experi- ence confirmed in him the idea of founding a society in which the members would attempt to live lives like the Apostles. He returned to his native Vicenza at the death of Pope Julius II in 1523, there he sought out the sick and the poor of the town, and worked in the hospital of the incurables, which he helped subsidize. He promoted spiri- tual life and care for the poor and sick not only with words but with his heroic example. He told his brothers, "In this oratory we try to serve God by worship; in our hospital we may say that we actually find him." But none of the horrors he saw in the hospitals of the incurables depressed him as much as the wickedness that was so prevalent in the world. A new congregation was canonically established by Pope Clement VII in the year 1524, in the hopes that the lives lived by its members would inspire others to live holy lives devoted to Jesus. In order to accomplish this they would focus on moral living, sacred studies, preaching and pasto- ral care, helping the sick, and other solid foundations of pastoral life. This new order was known as "Theatines Clerks Regular", from the name of the city of Chieti (in Latin: Theate). One of Cajetans' four companions was Giovanni Pietro Carafa, the Bishop of Chieti, elected first superior of the order, who later became Pope Paul IV. The order grew at a fairly slow pace: there were only twelve Theatines during the sack of Rome in 1527. They managed to escape to Venice after their house in Rome was destroyed when Emperor Charles V's troops entered the city. Cajetan met Jerome Emiliani, {Saint Jerome) whom he assisted in the estab- lishment of his Congregation of Clerks Regular which was instituted upon the plan of that of the "Oratory of Divine Love" in Rome. In 1533 he founded a house in Naples. In 1540 Cajetan was once again in Venice, there he extended his work among the poor and the sick to Verona. Cajetan died in Naples on August 7, 1547 he was 67 years old. His remains are in the church of San Paolo Maggiore in Naples. He was beatified on October 8, 1629, by Pope Urban VIII. On April 12, 1671, Cajetan was canonized to- gether with Rose of Lima, Luis Beltrin, Francisco de Borja and Felipe Benicio. Saint Cajetan's feast day is celebrated on August 7% He is known as the patron saint of the un- employed, job seekers and good fortune. S OO K /:00E00I00VV by Claude Marsilia | i I FELL THE ANGELS THE CASE OF THE by John Kerr 222 Pages Hard Cover * Published by Cecilia! Cecilia! Cecilia, the foremost protagonist in this Victorian tale. Adding spice to this story is that it borders on a true tale of pos- sible murder and sensual feelings. Cecilia's elegant and pros- perous father noting her despondency suggested that she spend a month or so in the Malvern Salon (London) a noted health salon to perk her up. The matter of dress is immediately noted. From a woman who dressed in the latest fashions to simple cotton attire that she admits to enjoy. Her day consists of getting up at six, a mea- ger breakfast, cold water in- dulgers, 5 mile walks, and bed by 9:30. This severe agenda is a reflection of owner and director Dr. Gully's famous, wa- ter cure. Unexpectedly and unheralded the volup- tuous Cecilia and the roly-poly Dr. Gully be- come intimate. " de- spite his age and unimpos- ing physique, she attained heights of passion and physical pleasure she'd never dreamt possible." This sensation was wholly lacking in her drunken husband Richard Costello, who passes away due to cir- rhosis of the liver, leaving Cecilia a very rich woman. Having inherited a good sum her thoughts turn to acquiring a lavish estate named The Priory. She con- vinces Dr. Gully to purchase a similar estate within walk- ing distance of her estate. Bear in mind, their affair is still highly secretive. None- theless, Cecilia was begin- ning to feel indifferently to- ward Dr. Gully's advance - ments. She was becoming more aware of his signs of age and frailties. The impos- sible happens, Cecilia be- comes pregnant. An abortion follows, Mrs. Jane Clark, keeper of the household and confidant, advises Cecilia to stop seeing Dr, Gully. It is here that author John Kerr leads the reader to consider and wonder about Mrs. Jane Clark's emphatic love for Cecilia. The time has come appar- ently, according to Mrs. Gully and frankly Cecilia that she should meet a new and eli- gible young man. Charles Cranston seemed to fit the bill. A handsome lawyer with money, and all the proper connections. When the sup- position of marriage is intro- duced they both decide to confess their past inter- ludes. Cranston makes it clear that Cecilia is not to ever again see Mr. Gully. Shockingly, Cecilia learns that once she marries all her income belongs to her husband. However, a pren- uptial agreement could save her fr0m losing her estate. PRIORY MURDER Author John Kerr Mrs. Clarke forewarns Cecilia when she utters the following, "You must curtail your spending, no matter the size of your income, or there will be hell to pay." It Adding spice to this story is that it borders on a true tale of possible murder and sensual feelings. was a time in history when women had few rights. Cecilia and Charles Cran- ston marry. Notwithstand- ing, their marriage was short-lived, Now the reader is subjected, with interest, varied approaches to sex. Her first husband, Richard Costello was an inept alco- holic. Dr. Gully despite his lack of physical attraction was a complete lovemaking partner. Her latest husband, Charles Cranston, was a single-minded roughneck. Suddenly, Charles Cran- Robert Hale ston becomes dreadfully ill and passes away. An autopsy notes that he was poisoned by antimony. Was he mur- dered or else did he commit suicide? With these thoughts in mind, Charles Cranston's mother hires a consulting detective, Duncan Cameron. It is here that I would like to express my deep admira- tion of author John Kerr. His clean lines and superb dia- logue are extraordinary. A reader will have trouble putting this book down. Adding to this marvelous read is the fact that you will not have any idea whether or not he was murdered or else committed suicide, until the end. While Cameron, the detec- tive was having tea at one of his inquisitions, he is inspecting an American made long-barreled Colt revolver and muses: "The Americans, he said, have produced by far the finest sidearm. Not surprising, consid- ering the frequency with which they resort to it." I feel privileged to have the opportunity to critique this exciting and sound book. Although John Kerr drifts in plots from two other books I had the good fortune of cri- tiquing, Cardigan Bay and A Rose in No Man's Land, he does not lose his embedded, superb writing style. One more thing, you had to notice but just in case you didn't, I decided to let the reader search out the sup- posedly villain in this book.