Humble and Holy
Bl. Solanus Casey was born Bernard Francis Casey, nick-named Barney on November 25, 1870. He grew up in a large family (one of sixteen children) in Wisconsin. His parents set a beautiful example of selfless Christ-like love. It was in that atmosphere of self-sacrifice and strong faith practiced in the home that helped form Fr. Solanus’ love for Jesus. His childhood was rich in love, steeped in Catholic tradition. The children shared a love for sports, hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing, and skating. The ten boys formed their own baseball team: The Casey Nine. Barney played catcher, usually without a glove. The other boys enjoyed boxing, but Barney would not participate. Inflicting pain on another person was not aligned with his values.