Friday, October 17, 2014

A nice prayer to St. Joseph

To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father,
ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector,
be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness;
and, as once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God?s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holily, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stoney hearts

Ez 36:26 reads, "A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

A friend of mine said that he knows his heart is getting stoney whenever he feels a resistance to what his ministry is calling upon him to do--or at least whenever he allows that resistance to impact him too much.

I like that.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Feast of St. John XXIII, who opened Vatican II on this day in 1962

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It is said that an official in the Vatican, upon hearing that the Pope wanted to convene the Second Vatican Council in 1963, told him assuredly such a dream was "absolutely impossible."  The Pope replied, "Fine, we'll open it in 1962."

And he did open it in 1962, on this very day 52 years ago: October 11, 1962.

Here are some quotes from him for the day:

"See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little."

"A peaceful man does more good than a learned one."

"It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope."

"Born poor, but of honored and humble people, I am particularly proud to die poor."