Patron Saint of Fathers Pope Benedict XVI on St. Joseph, The Just Man “I would like today to turn my attention to the figure of St Joseph. In today’s gospel pages, St Luke presents the Virgin Mary as “engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David” (Lk 1:27). However it is the evangelist Matthew who gives the greatest prominence to the putative father of Jesus, pointing out that, through him, the Child was legally inserted in David’s line and thus he realized the Scriptures, in which the Messiah was prophesied as the “son of David”.
“But Joseph’s role certainly cannot be reduced to this aspect. He is the model of the “just” man (Mt 1:19), who in perfect sympathy with his spouse, welcomes the Son of God made man and guards over his human growth. For this reason, the days leading up to Christmas are as good a time as ever to establish a sort of spiritual conversation with St Joseph, because he helps us to live to the full this great mystery of faith.
“The beloved Pope John Paul II, who was very devoted to St Joseph, left us an awesome meditation dedicated to him in the Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos, “Guardian of the Redeemer”. Among the many aspects it highlights, particular emphasis is placed on the silence of St Joseph. His is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes. In other words, the silence of St Joseph was not the sign of an inner void, but on the contrary, of the fullness of faith he carried in his heart, and which guided each and every one of his thoughts and actions.
A silence thanks to which Joseph, in unison with Mary, could be the guardian of the Word of God, known through the Sacred Scriptures, coming face to face with it continuously in the events of the life of Jesus; a silence interwoven with constant prayer, prayer of the blessing of the Lord, of adoration of his holy will and of unreserved trust in his providence. It is no exaggeration to say that it was from his ‘father’ Joseph that Jesus acquired – on the human level – that robust interiority which presupposes authentic justice, the “superior justice” which He would one day teach to his disciples (cfr Mt 5:20).
Let us allow ourselves to be “infected” by the silence of St Joseph! We have much need of it in a world which is often too noisy, which does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God.”
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us
free in Christ Jesus.
We praise you and bless you
for the gift of religious liberty,
The foundation of human
rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom
to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have
the courage to defend them,
For ourselves and for all those who live
in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of
Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
And in the name of your Son,
our Lord, Jesus Christ,
In the unity of the HolySpirit,
With whom you live and reign,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Son will shine!
Good Morning, you are the rising Sun, the firstfruits of the future resurrection, grant that we may not sit in the shadow of death but walk in the light of life.
Show us your goodness present in every creature, that we may contemplate your glory everywhere.
Good Night, as the day draws to a close, Sun of Justice, we invoke your name upon the whole human race so that all men may enjoy your never failing light.
Pray for Our Nation
2 Chronicles 7:14
If they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.
In His light seeking joy and contentment in the simple pleasures of life.
God Family Friends
I call on You right now in a special way.
It is through your power that I was created.
Every breath I take, every morning I wake,
and every moment of every hour,
I live under Your powers.
Father, I ask You now to touch me with that same power:
For if You created me from nothing,
You can certainly recreate me.
Fill me with the healing power of Your Spirit.
Cast out anything that should not be in me.
Mend what is broken. Root out any unproductive cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild any damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection.
Let the warmth of Your healing love pass through my body
to make new any unhealthy areas so that my body will
function the way You created it to function.
And Father, restore me to full health
in mind, body and spirit,
so I may serve You
the rest of my life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Father Larry J. Hess
The World Needs Heroes
O Holy Spirit,
Spirit of wisdom and divine love,
impart your knowledge, under-
standing, and counsel to youth
that they may know the vocation
wherein they can best serve God.
Give them the courage and strength
to follow God's holy will.
Guide their uncertain steps,
strengthen their resolutions,
shield their chastity, fashion
their minds, conquer their
hearts, and lead them to the
vineyards where they will labor
in God's holy service.
A lace curtain blowing in the breeze of an open window
Cup of Coffee
House full of laughter
The hush after a snow storm
The Value of A Smile
It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash, and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. It cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, but it is of no earthly good to anyone until it's given away! So if in your hurry you run across someone too weary to smile ~ leave one of yours. No one needs a smile as much as he who has none to give. ~ Author Unknown
20 Keys to A Happy Life
1) Compliment 3 people everyday! 2) Watch a sunrise 3) Be the first to say "hello" 4) Treat everyone as you want to be treated 5) Live beneath your means 6) Forget the Joneses 7) Never give up on anybody ~ miracles happen! 8) Remember someone's name 9) Be kinder than you have to be 10) Wish not for things, but for wisdom and courage 11) Be tough-minded, but tender hearted 12) Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated 13) Keep your promises 14) Leave everything better than you found it 15) Show cheerfulness even when you don't feel it 16) Remember that winners do what losers don't want to do 17) Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years 18) When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone's day 19) Don't rain on other people's parades 20) Don't waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them! ~source unknown