Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger
ON THE 26TH SEPTEMBER,
THE REDEMPTORISTS AROUND THE WORLD
KEEP SACRED THE MEMORY OF
BLESSED KASPAR STANGGASSINGER CSSR
A friend of Blessed Kaspar wrote to his mother on his death, he said,
“As long as I had contact with him, I enjoyed his solidly devout personality, his striving to live with an orientation toward God above. I am obliged openly to confirm that your son lived as an ideal priest. Now his life has been crowned by the death of a saint.”
Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR died on Sept 26th 1899 before he reached the age of 29! He was a beloved educator, who worked with great love for the students of our Congregation. Today is a fitting day to pray for our CSsR students in every part of the world, especially those within our Province of London and the Region of Zimbabwe.
When transmitting his own religious experience to the CSsR students there are three things worth noting:
First: There is no nnoncommittal religious drivel. Leading carefully and with a full understanding of human weakness, he learly calls for decision making. Time and again, Stanggassinger returns to the … image of the banners of two armies, and which of these a man must choose. Well known to his students, there us also the recurring image of “Hercules at the cross roads”.
Second: This same basic religious experience runs like a red thread through his talks and also in his private notes: without God’s grace, all our actions amount to nothing, and one who is touched by God must prove himself in everyday life through his actions.
Third (and here Staggassinger echoes part of his own life experience): He presents a recipe for living. “Do not rush anything!” “Take one step after another!” (This phrase was also on a piece of paper on his desk.) To do what the day demands.
(p115 of the above book.)