Calasanz is credited with creating the first free public schools in Europe, and he did it whilst working on educating young children.
Did you just let out a gasp? I'll say it again: he spent his time ministering to the young. If you did gasp, cough, or gagged so that your coffee came out of your nose a little, you're probably not alone.
How different a world we live in today. A world that would probably never allow a St. Joseph Calasanz to function in this capacity. Picture it: It's 2008, and a Priest who came from another country visits with the bishop of a diocese, explains how he sees a need to start educating the young, and seeking permission to do so on church property. How many bishops would have diocesan lawyers screaming at them, warning them what a liability such a place could possibly become? How many benefactors would be reluctant to have their names associated with such a school, just in case something scandalous might theoretically happen down the road? How many times would vocations to such an order be fingerprinted, background checked, probably even having DNA samples collected from them? How many priests today shy away from being anywhere in proximity to young people because of the awareness that it would only take one accusation (true or not) from one of them to essentially end his priestly ministry? How many teens have been so conditioned by the media that they fear any contact with clergy or religious?
Calasanz, Bosco, even Mother Seton. Would Sainthood even be possible for them in 2008?