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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-07, Solemnity, St. Joseph, husb'd - Bl. Virgin Mary
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Posted on 03/19/2007 8:18:13 AM PDT by Salvation

March 19, 2007

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Psalm: Monday 10

Reading 1
2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
“Go, tell my servant David,
‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his kingdom firm.
It is he who shall build a house for my name.
And I will make his royal throne firm forever.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.
The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. The son of David will live for ever.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”
R. The son of David will live for ever.
“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”
R. The son of David will live for ever.


Reading II
Rm 4:13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

Gospel
Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

or

Lk 2:41-51a

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them.




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March Devotion: Saint Joseph

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Due to the solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19, this month is devoted to this great saint, the foster father of Christ. "It greatly behooves Christians, while honoring the Virgin Mother of God, constantly to invoke with deep piety and confidence her most chaste spouse, Saint Joseph. We have a well grounded conviction that such is the special desire of the Blessed Virgin herself." --Pope Leo XIII

FOR OUR WORK
Glorious Saint Joseph, pattern of all who are devoted to toil, obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance, in order thereby to atone for my many sins; to toil conscientiously, putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations; to labor with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to employ and to develop, by my labor, the gifts I have received from Almighty God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, and of my empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of thee, 0 Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death. Amen.

OFFERING TO SAINT JOSEPH
O great Saint Joseph, thou generous depositary and dispenser of immortal riches, behold us prostrate at thy feet, imploring thee to receive us as thy servants and as thy children. Next to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, of which thou art the faithful copy, we acknowledge that there is no heart more tender, more compassionate than thine.

What, then, have we to fear, or, rather, for what should we not hope, if thou dost deign to be our benefactor, our master, our model, our father and our mediator? Refuse not, then, this favor, O powerful protector! We ask it of thee by the love thou hast for Jesus and Mary. Into thy hands we commit our souls and bodies, but above all the last moments of our lives.

May we, after having honored, imitated, and served thee on earth, eternally sing with thee the mercies of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOSEPH
O Joseph, virgin-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray every day for us to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving dutifully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

 

St. Joseph
St. Joseph was an ordinary manual laborer although descended from the royal house of David. In the designs of Providence he was destined to become the spouse of the Mother of God. His high privilege is expressed in a single phrase, "Foster-father of Jesus." About him Sacred Scripture has little more to say than that he was a just man-an expression which indicates how faithfully he fulfilled his high trust of protecting and guarding God's greatest treasures upon earth, Jesus and Mary.

The darkest hours of his life may well have been those when he first learned of Mary's pregnancy; but precisely in this time of trial Joseph showed himself great. His suffering, which likewise formed a part of the work of the redemption, was not without great providential import: Joseph was to be, for all times, the trustworthy witness of the Messiah's virgin birth. After this, he modestly retires into the background of holy Scripture.

Of St. Joseph's death the Bible tells us nothing. There are indications, however, that he died before the beginning of Christ's public life. His was the most beautiful death that one could have, in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Humbly and unknown, he passed his years at Nazareth, silent and almost forgotten he remained in the background through centuries of Church history. Only in more recent times has he been accorded greater honor. Liturgical veneration of St. Joseph began in the fifteenth century, fostered by Sts. Brigid of Sweden and Bernadine of Siena. St. Teresa, too, did much to further his cult.

At present there are two major feasts in his honor. On March 19 our veneration is directed to him personally and to his part in the work of redemption, while on May 1 we honor him as the patron of workmen throughout the world and as our guide in the difficult matter of establishing equitable norms regarding obligations and rights in the social order.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

St. Joseph is invoked as patron for many causes. He is the patron of the Universal Church. He is the patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death-bed. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice. Many religious orders and communities are placed under his patronage.

Patron: Against doubt; against hesitation; Americas; Austria; Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; California; Belgium; Bohemia; bursars; cabinetmakers; Canada; Carinthia; carpenters; China; Church; confectioners; craftsmen; Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliament) dying people; emigrants; engineers; expectant mothers; families; fathers; Florence, Italy; happy death; holy death; house hunters; immigrants; interior souls; Korea; laborers; Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky; Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire; Mexico; Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee; New France; New World; Oblates of Saint Joseph; people in doubt; people who fight Communism; Peru; pioneers; pregnant women; protection of the Church; Diocese of San Jose, California; diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; social justice; Styria, Austria; travelers; Turin Italy; Tyrol Austria; unborn children Universal Church; Vatican II; Viet Nam; Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia; wheelwrights; workers; working people.

Symbols: Bible; branch; capenter's square; carpenter's tools; chalice; cross; hand tools; infant Jesus; ladder; lamb; lily; monstrance; old man holding a lily and a carpenter's tool such as a square; old man holding the infant Jesus; plane; rod.

Things to Do:

Prayer to St. Joseph

Pope Pius X composed this prayer to St. Joseph, patron of working people, that expresses concisely the Christian attitude toward labor. It summarizes also for us the lessons of the Holy Family's work at Nazareth.

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who devote their lives to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in order thereby to atone for my many sins; to work conscientiously, setting devotion to duty in preference to my own whims; to work with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to employ and to develop by my labor the gifts I have received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill spent, of talents wasted, of good omitted, and of vain complacency in success, which is so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of you, O Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my motto in life and in death, Amen.

Nothing Will Be Denied Him (St. Joseph)

The Heart of a Father [St. Joseph]

Quemadmodum Deus - Decree Under Blessed Pius IX, Making St. Joseph Patron of the Church

St. Joseph [Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary], Solemnity, March 19

MORE THAN PATRON OF HOMES, IT'S TIME FOR ST. JOSEPH TO GAIN HIGHEST OF RECOGNITION [Fatherhood]

(Saint) Joseph the Patriarch: A Reflection on the Solemnity of St. Joseph

How I Rediscovered a "Neglected" Saint: Work of Art Inspires Young Man to Rediscover St. Joseph

The Heart of St. Joseph

The Importance of Devotion to St. Joseph

St. Francis de Sales on St. Joseph (Some Excerpts for St. Joseph's Day 2004)

St. Joseph: REDEMPTORIS CUSTOS (Guardian Of The Redeemer)

St. Joseph's Humility (By St. Francis de Sales)

March 19 - Feast of St. Joseph - Husband of Mary - Intercessor of civil leaders

St. Joseph's Spirit of Silence

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Catholic Devotions: St. Joseph the Worker

HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH, THE WORKER.

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (May 1st.)- Discussion

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From: 2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14a, 16

Nathan's Prophecy About the Dynasty (Continuation)



[4] But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, [5] "Go and tell
my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell
in?

[12] 'When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise
up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will esta-
blish his kingdom. [13] He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish
the throne of his kingdom for ever. [14a] I will be his father, and he shall be my
son. [16] And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before
me; your throne shall be established for ever.'"



Commentary:

7:1-17. Nathan is a court prophet will also appear in later accounts connected
with Solomon and Bathsheba, his mother (cf. 2 Sam 12:1-25 and 1 Kings
1:11-40). As prophet he is God's spokesman (he twice uses the classic formula-
tion, "Thus says the Lord": vv. 5 and 8); here he has to oppose the king's plans
(vv. 5-7); he proclaims a message which cannot but have its effect on the listener
because the word of God is true and it always comes to pass.

Nathan's prophecy is particularly important: it decides who will succeed David,
and it has to do with the Messiah, who will be a descendant of David. What he
says has all the formality of an oracular statement; it confirms the dynastic
succession and specifies the role of the temple among God's chosen people.

For pagan peoples (Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian etc.) the temple was the
center of their world and the focus of their religious spirit; it was there that they
kept their gods. In Israel, on the other hand, the temple will have quite a different
role. It is based on the fact that the true God is not content with a temple; he
has no need of a house in which to dwell (cf. 1 Kings 8:27). If he allows there to
be sanctuaries or shrines (cf. Gen 28:20-22), the desert tabernacle or tent (cf.
Ex 33:7-11) and later the temple of Jerusalem (cf. 1 Kings 8:1-66), these are
only signs of his presence among the people, not a habitation that he in any
sense needs. Nathan's prophecy shows that it isnot so much the temple as
the Davidic dynasty that is the sign of divine presence and protection that
God has set up from the start. Hence the play on words between "house of
God" (temple) and "house of David" (dynasty).

The hereditary monarchy, then, is the center of Nathan's prophecy. If Michal's
sterility cut off the line of succession from Saul, the prophecy assured that
David's line would endure. From the central part of the prophecy (vv. 13-16)
we can see that every descendant of David, the figure of the future Messiah,
will have the following qualities:

a) He will be a son to God (v. 14a). This is not natural, human, sonship; it
refers to the closeness of the relationship between God and the king (cf. Ps
2:7; 89:26-27), so that the person and rule of the king will symbolize the
presence of God and the active role he plays in the life of the people. The
king's sonship to God, then, is an _expression of the covenant established
between God and David's line. God commits himself to act towards the king
as a good father to his son. Jesus will bring these words and this covenant
to full fruition, for he is the "eternal Son of God" made man (cf. Gal 4:4).
Whereas he is the Son of God by natural generation, all the baptized are
"sons in the Son": "For this is the very reason why the Word became flesh,
why the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into
communion with the Word and thereby partaking of divine filiation, might be
converted into a son of God" (St Irenaeus, "Adversus Haereses", 3, 19, 1;
cf. "Catechism of the Catholic Church", 460).

b) He will be punished when necessary, but the punishment will be only tem-
porary (14b-15), that is, David's line will not be cut off as happened to Saul,
nor will any dethronement last, because the love of God will always win out.
In the light of this oracular statement, any misfortunes of the people, even
the exile in Babylon, despite being punishment for their sins, will be above
all a proof of God's mercy. The death of Jesus on the cross, though caused
by the sins of men, is above all a proof of the love of God who gave up his
Son (cf. Rom 8:32), and of the love of Jesus who gave himself up on men's
behalf (cf. Rom 4:25; Eph 5:25).

c) The Davidic dynasty will endure forever (vv. 12-13, 15-16). The title "son of
David" will refer not only to genealogical descent but also to the fact that the
holder is the beneficiary of this promise and of the Davidiccovenant (cf. 1 Kings
8:25; Ps 132:10-18; Jer 17:24-27; Ezek 34:23-24; etc.). After the exile this is
the title which is most often applied to the Messiah, and the writers of the New
Testament, of course, are at pains to point out that Jesus is the "son of David"
(cf. Mt 1:1; 9:27; Rom 1:3). The liturgy of the Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband
of the Blessed Virgin, includes this text, because it is he who is the guarantor
of the Davidic descent of Jesus (Mt 1:20) through being "of the house of David"
(Lk 1:27).



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

The Example of Abraham (Continuation)



[13] The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the
world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

[16] That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace
and be guaranteed to all his descendants--not only to the adherents of the law
but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all,
[17] as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations"--in the pre-
sence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into
existence the things that do not exist. [18] In hope he believed against hope,
that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, "So
shall your descendants be." [22] (But) the words, "it was reckoned to him,"
were written not for his sake alone.



Commentary:

13-14. God made this promise to Abraham about his having countless descen-
dants (cf. Genesis 15:5-6) centuries before the Mosaic Law was given to the
people of Israel through Moses. Therefore, the promise made to Abraham was
not linked to the Law but rather to the Patriarch's faith. That is why the heirs of
the promise are those who follow the faith of Abraham.



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

The Ancestry of Jesus Christ (Continuation)



[16] And Jacob, (was) the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom
Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

The Virginal Conception of Jesus, and His Birth


[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother
Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found
to be with child of the Holy Spirit; [19] and her husband Joseph, being a just
man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly. [20]
But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a
dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; [21] she will bear a son, and you
shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." [24]
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.




Commentary:

16. Jewish genealogies followed the male line. Joseph, being Mary's husband,
was the legal father of Jesus. The legal father is on a par with the real father as
regards rights and duties. This fact provides a sound basis for recognizing St.
Joseph as Patron of the whole Church, since he was chosen to play a very spe-
cial role in God's plan for our salvation; with Joseph as his legal father, Jesus the
Messiah has David as his successor.

Since it was quite usual for people to marry within their clan, it can be concluded
that Mary belonged to the house of David. Several early Fathers of the Church
testify to this--for example, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Irenaeus, St. Justin and
Tertullian, who base their testimony on an unbroken oral tradition.

It should also be pointed out that when St. Matthew comes to speak of the birth
of Jesus, he uses an _expression which is completely different from that used for
the other people in the genealogy. With these words the text positively teaches
that Mary conceived Jesus while still a virgin, without the intervention of man.

18. St. Matthew relates here how Christ was conceived (cf. Luke 1:25-38): "We
truly honor and venerate (Mary) as Mother of God, because she gave birth to a
person who is at the same time both God and man" ("St. Pius V Catechism",
I, 4, 7).

According to the provisions of the Law of Moses, engagement took place about
one year before marriage and enjoyed almost the same legal validity. The mar-
riage proper consisted, among other ceremonies, in the bride being brought
solemnly and joyously to her husband's house (cf. Deuteronomy 20:7).

From the moment of engagement onwards, a certificate of divorce was needed
in the event of a break in the relationship between the couple.

The entire account of Jesus' birth teaches, through the different fulfillment of the
prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 (which is expressly quoted in verses 22-23) that: 1)
Jesus has David as His ancestor since Joseph is His legal father; 2) Mary is
the Virgin who gives birth according to the prophecy; 3) the Child's conception
without the intervention of man was miraculous.

19. "St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great
things. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event
that went to make up his life. That is why Scripture praises Joseph as `a just
man'. In Hebrew a just man means a good and faithful servant of God, some-
one who fulfills the divine will (cf. Genesis 7:1; 18:23-32; Ezekiel 18:5ff.; Proverbs
12:10), or who is honorable and charitable toward his neighbor (cf. Tobias 7:6;
9:6). So a just man is someone who loves God and proves his love by keeping
God's commandments and directing his whole life towards the service of his
brothers, his fellow men" ([St] J. Escriva, "Christ Is Passing By", 40).

Joseph considered his spouse to be holy despite the signs that she was going
to have a child. He was therefore faced with a situation he could not explain.
Precisely because he was trying to do God's will, he felt obliged to put her
away; but to shield her from public shame he decided to send her away quietly.

Mary's silence is admirable. Her perfect surrender to God even leads her to the
extreme of not defending her honor or innocence. She prefers to suffer suspicion
and shame rather than reveal the work of grace in her. Faced with a fact which
was inexplicable in human terms she abandons herself confidently to the love
and providence of God. God certainly submitted the holy souls of Joseph and
Mary to a severe trial. We ought not to be surprised if we also undergo difficult
trials in the course of our lives. We ought to trust in God during them, and re-
main faithful to Him, following the example they gave us.

20. God gives His light to those who act in an upright way and who trust in His
power and wisdom when faced with situations which exceed human understan-
ding. By calling him the son of David, the angel reminds Joseph that he is the
providential link which joins Jesus with the family of David, according to Na-
than's messianic prophecy (cf. 2 Samuel 7:12). As St. John Chrysostom says:
"At the very start he straightaway reminds him of David, of whom the Christ was
to spring, and he does not wish him to be worried from the moment he reminds
him, through naming his most illustrious ancestor, of the promise made to all
his lineage" ("Hom. on St. Matthew", 4).

"The same Jesus Christ, our only Lord, the Son of God, when He assumed
human flesh for us in the womb of the Virgin, was not conceived like other men,
from the seed of man, but in a manner transcending the order of nature, that is,
by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the same person, remaining God as He
was from eternity, became man, which He was not before" ("St. Pius V Cate-
chism", I, 4, 1).

21. According to the Hebrew root, the name Jesus means "savior". After our
Lady, St. Joseph is the first person to be told by God that salvation has begun.
"Jesus is the proper name of the God-man and signifies `Savior'--a name given
Him not accidentally, or by the judgment or will of man, but by the counsel and
command of God" [...]. All other names which prophecy gave to the Son of
God--Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
(cf. Isaiah 9:6)--are comprised in this one name Jesus; for while they partially
signified the salvation which He was to bestow on us, this name included the
force and meaning of all human salvation" ("St. Pius V Catechism", I, 3, 5 and
6).



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


9 posted on 03/19/2007 8:32:11 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Praise the Lord!

What a beautiful sunny day!

10 posted on 03/19/2007 8:34:07 AM PDT by tioga
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Yes!

**The son of David (Jesus Christ) will live for ever.**


11 posted on 03/19/2007 8:36:27 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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my "earworm" for the day....."The king of glory comes the nation rejoices......"

-sing along with me!


12 posted on 03/19/2007 8:46:22 AM PDT by tioga
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings

First reading 2 Samuel 7:4 - 16 ©
That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan:
‘Go and tell my servant David, “Thus the Lord speaks: “When your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. (It is he who shall build a house for my name, and I will make his royal throne secure for ever.) I will be a father to him and he a son to me; if he does evil, I will punish him with the rod such as men use, with strokes such as mankind gives. Yet I will not withdraw my favour from him, as I withdrew it from your predecessor. Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever.”’
Psalm or canticle: Psalm 88
Second reading Romans 4:13 - 22 ©
The promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham’s descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations – Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.
Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars. This is the faith that was ‘considered as justifying him’.
Gospel Matthew 1:16 - 24 ©
Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

13 posted on 03/19/2007 8:51:27 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Office of Readings -- Invitatory Prayer

Office of Readings

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 20 (21)
Thanksgiving for victory
Lord, the king will rejoice in your strength, he will triumph in your saving power.
You have granted him his heart’s desire, you have not denied the wish that he spoke.
For you showered him with blessings even before he asked for them. You have placed a crown of purest gold upon his head.
He asked you for life, and you granted it to him, length of days for ever and for ever.

Great is his glory through your help: you cover him with splendour and majesty.
You lay a blessing upon him that will last for ever, you make him rejoice in joy before you.
For the king hopes in the Lord, and through the kindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.

Stand high above us, Lord, in your power; and we will sing and celebrate your might.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 91 (92)
Praise of God, the Creator
It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing psalms to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your mercy in the morning and your faithfulness by night;
on the ten-stringed lyre and the harp, with songs upon the lyre.

For you give me joy, Lord, in your creation: I rejoice in the work of your hands.
How great are your works, O Lord, how immeasurably deep your thoughts.
The fool does not hear, the slow-witted do not understand.
When the wicked sprout up like grass, and the doers of evil are in full bloom,
it will come to nothing, for they will perish for ever and ever; but you, Lord, are the Highest eternally.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 91 (92)
For behold, Lord, your enemies, how your enemies will perish, how wrongdoers will be scattered.
You will give me strength as the wild oxen have; I have been anointed with the purest oil.
I will look down upon my enemies, and hear the plans of those who plot evil against me.

The just will flourish like the palm tree, grow tall like the cedar of Lebanon.
They will be planted in the house of the Lord; in the courts of our God they will flourish.
They will bear fruit even when old, fresh and luxuriant through all their days.
They will proclaim how just is the Lord, my refuge, for in him there is no unrighteousness.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Reading Hebrews 11:1 - 16 ©
Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.
It is by faith that we understand that the world was created by one word from God, so that no apparent cause can account for the things we can see.
It was because of his faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain, and for that he was declared to be righteous when God made acknowledgement of his offerings. Though he is dead, he still speaks by faith.
It was because of his faith that Enoch was taken up and did not have to experience death: he was not to be found because God had taken him. This was because before his assumption it is attested that he had pleased God. Now it is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and rewards those who try to find him.
It was through his faith that Noah, when he had been warned by God of something that had never been seen before, felt a holy fear and built an ark to save his family. By his faith the world was convicted, and he was able to claim the righteousness which is the reward of faith.
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set out for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants, and that he set out without knowing where he was going. By faith he arrived, as a foreigner, in the Promised Land, and lived there as if in a strange country, with Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. They lived there in tents while he looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God.
It was equally by faith that Sarah, in spite of being past the age, was made able to conceive, because she believed that he who had made the promise would be faithful to it. Because of this, there came from one man, and one who was already as good as dead himself, more descendants than could be counted, as many as the stars of heaven or the grains of sand on the seashore.
All these died in faith, before receiving any of the things that had been promised, but they saw them in the far distance and welcomed them, recognising that they were only strangers and nomads on earth. People who use such terms about themselves make it quite plain that they are in search of their real homeland. They can hardly have meant the country they came from, since they had the opportunity to go back to it; but in fact they were longing for a better homeland, their heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, since he has founded the city for them.

Reading From a sermon by Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest
The faithful foster-father and guardian
There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favour chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfil the task at hand.
This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: “Good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord”.
What then is Joseph’s position in the whole Church of Christ? Is he not a man chosen and set apart? Through him and, yes, under him, Christ was fittingly and honourably introduced into the world. Holy Church in its entirety is indebted to the Virgin Mother because through her it was judged worthy to receive Christ. But after her we undoubtedly owe special gratitude and reverence to Saint Joseph.
In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfilment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms.
Obviously, Christ does not now deny to Joseph that intimacy, reverence and very high honour which he gave him on earth, as a son to his father. Rather we must say that in heaven Christ completes and perfects all that he gave at Nazareth.
Now we can see how the last summoning words of the Lord appropriately apply to Saint Joseph: “Enter into the joy of your Lord”. In fact, although the joy of eternal happiness enters into the soul of a man, the Lord preferred to say to Joseph: “Enter into joy”. His intention was that the words should have a hidden spiritual meaning for us. They convey not only that this holy man possesses an inward joy, but also that it surrounds him and engulfs him like an infinite abyss.
Remember us, Saint Joseph, and plead for us to your foster-child. Ask your most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon us, since she is the mother of him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally. Amen.

Hymn Te Deum
God, we praise you; Lord, we proclaim you!
You, the Father, the eternal –
all the earth venerates you.
All the angels, all the heavens, every power –
The cherubim, the seraphim –
unceasingly, they cry:
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts:
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory!”

The glorious choir of Apostles –
The noble ranks of prophets –
The shining army of martyrs –
all praise you.
Throughout the world your holy Church proclaims you.
– Father of immeasurable majesty,
– True Son, only-begotten, worthy of worship,
– Holy Spirit, our Advocate.

You, Christ:
– You are the king of glory.
– You are the Father’s eternal Son.
– You, to free mankind, did not disdain a Virgin’s womb.
– You defeated the sharp spear of Death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to those who believe in you.
– You sit at God’s right hand, in the glory of the Father.
– You will come, so we believe, as our Judge.

And so we ask of you: give help to your servants, whom you set free at the price of your precious blood.
Number them among your chosen ones in eternal glory.
Bring your people to safety, Lord, and bless those who are your inheritance.
Rule them and lift them high for ever.

Day by day we bless you, Lord: we praise you for ever and for ever.
Of your goodness, Lord, keep us without sin for today.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Let your pity, Lord, be upon us, as much as we trust in you.
In you, Lord, I trust: let me never be put to shame.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Almighty God, at the beginning of your plan to save the human race you entrusted your Son to Joseph’s care.
 By his intercession may your Church
 be a constant faithful guardian of your saving mysteries.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.

14 posted on 03/19/2007 8:53:08 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

                                                     

March 19, 2007
St. Joseph

The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.

When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” One, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not.

By saying Joseph was “just,” the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.

The rest we can easily surmise. Think of the kind of love with which he wooed and won Mary, and the depth of the love they shared during their marriage.

It is no contradiction of Joseph’s manly holiness that he decided to divorce Mary when she was found to be with child. The important words of the Bible are that he planned to do this “quietly” because he was “a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame” (Matthew 1:19).

The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God—in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.

Comment:

The Bible tells us nothing of Joseph in the years after the return to Nazareth except the incident of finding Jesus in the Temple (see Luke 2:41–51). Perhaps this can be taken to mean that God wants us to realize that the holiest family was like every other family, that the circumstances of life for the holiest family were like those of every family, so that when Jesus’ mysterious nature began to appear, people couldn’t believe that he came from such humble beginnings: “Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary...?” (Matthew 13:55a). It was almost as indignant as “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46b).

Quote:

“He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord’” (St. Bernardine of Siena).



15 posted on 03/19/2007 9:11:43 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Monday, March 19, 2007
St. Joseph, Husband of the Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
(Total Consecration - Day 27)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 or Luke 2:41-51

If we try to escape sadness by seeking our consolation in sleep,we will fail to find what we are seeking, for we will lose in sleep the consolation we might have recieved from God if we had stayed awake and prayed.

-- St. Thomas More


16 posted on 03/19/2007 9:13:20 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Culture

Collect:
Father, you entrusted our Savior to the care of St. Joseph. By the help of his prayers may your Church continue to serve its Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Recipes:
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March 19, 2007 Month Year Season

Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Old Calendar: St. Joseph, confessor, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, was probably born in Bethlehem and probably died in Nazareth. His important mission in God's plan of salvation was "to legally insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy)." Most of our information about St. Joseph comes from the opening two chapters of St. Matthew's Gospel. No words of his are recorded in the Gospels; he was the "silent" man. We find no devotion to St. Joseph in the early Church. It was the will of God that the Virgin Birth of Our Lord be first firmly impressed upon the minds of the faithful. He was later venerated by the great saints of the Middle Ages. Pius IX (1870) declared him patron and protector of the universal family of the Church.

The Station is in the venerable church of the Four Crowned (brothers); their names are, Severus, Severianus, Carpophorus, and Victorinus; they suffered martyrdom under the persecution of Diocletian. Their bodies, as also the head of the great martyr St. Sebastian, are among the relics of this church.

 


St. Joseph
St. Joseph was an ordinary manual laborer although descended from the royal house of David. In the designs of Providence he was destined to become the spouse of the Mother of God. His high privilege is expressed in a single phrase, "Foster-father of Jesus." About him Sacred Scripture has little more to say than that he was a just man-an expression which indicates how faithfully he fulfilled his high trust of protecting and guarding God's greatest treasures upon earth, Jesus and Mary.

The darkest hours of his life may well have been those when he first learned of Mary's pregnancy; but precisely in this time of trial Joseph showed himself great. His suffering, which likewise formed a part of the work of the redemption, was not without great providential import: Joseph was to be, for all times, the trustworthy witness of the Messiah's virgin birth. After this, he modestly retires into the background of holy Scripture.

Of St. Joseph's death the Bible tells us nothing. There are indications, however, that he died before the beginning of Christ's public life. His was the most beautiful death that one could have, in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Humbly and unknown, he passed his years at Nazareth, silent and almost forgotten he remained in the background through centuries of Church history. Only in more recent times has he been accorded greater honor. Liturgical veneration of St. Joseph began in the fifteenth century, fostered by Sts. Brigid of Sweden and Bernadine of Siena. St. Teresa, too, did much to further his cult.

At present there are two major feasts in his honor. On March 19 our veneration is directed to him personally and to his part in the work of redemption, while on May 1 we honor him as the patron of workmen throughout the world and as our guide in the difficult matter of establishing equitable norms regarding obligations and rights in the social order.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

St. Joseph is invoked as patron for many causes. He is the patron of the Universal Church. He is the patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death-bed. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice. Many religious orders and communities are placed under his patronage.

Patron: Against doubt; against hesitation; Americas; Austria; Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; California; Belgium; Bohemia; bursars; cabinetmakers; Canada; Carinthia; carpenters; China; Church; confectioners; craftsmen; Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliament) dying people; emigrants; engineers; expectant mothers; families; fathers; Florence, Italy; happy death; holy death; house hunters; immigrants; interior souls; Korea; laborers; Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky; Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire; Mexico; Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee; New France; New World; Oblates of Saint Joseph; people in doubt; people who fight Communism; Peru; pioneers; pregnant women; protection of the Church; Diocese of San Jose, California; diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; social justice; Styria, Austria; travelers; Turin Italy; Tyrol Austria; unborn children Universal Church; Vatican II; Viet Nam; Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia; wheelwrights; workers; working people.

Symbols: Bible; branch; capenter's square; carpenter's tools; chalice; cross; hand tools; infant Jesus; ladder; lamb; lily; monstrance; old man holding a lily and a carpenter's tool such as a square; old man holding the infant Jesus; plane; rod.

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18 posted on 03/19/2007 9:24:09 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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This day is truly Father's Day. God Bless all good and holy fathers who set a fine example of good actions for their children to follow.


19 posted on 03/19/2007 9:29:13 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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Amen to this blessing for ALL fathers!


20 posted on 03/19/2007 9:34:57 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Regnum Christi

 

A Heroic Example
March 19, 2007


A Clean Conscience.

Saint Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary
Father Jeffery Jambon, LC

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

Introductory Prayer:Lord, in spite of difficulties, I trust in your love and mercy. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I love you above all things. These ingredients – faith, hope and love – will help intensify my resilience for today’s battle. Lord, I entrust myself to you unconditionally.

Petition: Lord, grant me a clean conscience like that of your foster father, Joseph.

1. My Situation. There could exist a danger on my spiritual journey. When everything is quiet, works well and is intelligible, or when others esteem my efforts, my life seems to flourish. On the other hand, when all is tough, humiliating or painful, there seems to appear a repugnance that casts a gray cloud over me. I even begin to wonder if God still loves me. I need to keep my faith in God strong always. Joseph is a good example for me to emulate in not becoming discouraged easily when undergoing trial.

2. A Clean Conscience. Joseph loved and cared for Mary, but since he had a clean conscience, he tried to dismiss the perfect dream of taking Mary to be his wife. Joseph, a just man, wanted to believe Mary’s story, but the facts were too harsh to comprehend. He felt betrayed and decided to divorce her. God, seeing Joseph’s honesty, communicated to him the truth about Mary’s integrity. A message in a dream was enough to convince his willing heart. How willing am I to believe the works of God in my life? How willing am I to fulfill God’s will?

3. Not All Is Easy for a Just Man. God chose a man of great detail and integrity to shoulder the daunting responsibility of raising his son. Would Joseph ever have imagined that by taking Mary into his home he would have to usher her down to Bethlehem for a census nine months later without any comforts or security during the journey? Would he ever have imagined that he would have to flee to Egypt, dodging swords and soldiers? This was the price he paid for being an honest man. But the Lord rewarded Joseph with being the foster father of the Creator of the universe, with all the interior blessings and satisfactions that this would later imply.

Conversation with Christ: O Christ, king and lord, your foster father Saint Joseph provides me with an example of courage to serenely bear the weight of life’s crosses and difficulties. Help me to see the beauty of giving limitlessly and surrendering my life to you.

Resolution: I will chat with Saint Joseph at some moment during the day, asking him to teach me how to be serene in times of trial.


21 posted on 03/19/2007 9:37:51 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Great feast day! Thank you Saint Joseph for your help many times with problems at work. EWTN had a very good homily for today's mass, worth a listen if it airs again.


22 posted on 03/19/2007 9:44:15 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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Indeed a great day for us!


23 posted on 03/19/2007 9:51:17 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/1788642/posts?page=111#111

Check out this link on the Stational Churches thread. And pray for The Archdiocese of Los Angelels and Mahoney.

Interesting info there!


24 posted on 03/19/2007 9:53:22 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Lauds -- Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 62 (63)
Thirsting for God
O God, you are my God, I wait for you from the dawn.
My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
I came to your sanctuary,
 as one in a parched and waterless land,
 so that I could see your might and your glory.
My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.

Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
 and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
 and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
I will remember you as I lie in bed,
 I will think of you in the morning,
for you have been my helper,
 and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.

My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Daniel 3
All creatures, bless the Lord
Bless the Lord, all his works, praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, you heavens; all his angels, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens; all his powers, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, sun and moon; all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, rain and dew; all you winds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat; cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, dew and frost; ice and cold, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, ice and snow; day and night, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, light and darkness; lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, all the earth, praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, mountains and hills; all growing things, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, seas and rivers; springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, whales and fish; birds of the air, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame; sons of men, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O Israel, praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, his priests; all his servants, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, spirits of the just; all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.

Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him for ever.

Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit, praise and exalt them for ever.
Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven, praise and glorify him for ever.

Psalm 149
The saints rejoice
Sing a new song to the Lord, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, and the sons of Sion delight in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing, sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
for the Lord’s favour is upon his people, and he will honour the humble with victory.

Let the faithful celebrate his glory, rejoice even in their beds,
the praise of God in their throats; and swords ready in their hands,
to exact vengeance upon the nations, impose punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings in fetters and their nobles in manacles of iron,
to carry out the sentence that has been passed: this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Short reading 2 Samuel 7:28 - 29 ©
Lord, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this fair promise to your servant. Be pleased, then, to bless the House of your servant, that it may continue for ever in your presence; for you, Lord, have spoken; and with your blessing the House of your servant will be for ever blessed.

Canticle Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones, his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies and all who hate us, to take pity on our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
that he would give himself to us, that we could serve him without fear – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him, for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High: for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation, so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death;
to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions ?
The Lord gives righteousness to mankind, so let us pray to him:
Righteous Lord, give us life.
Lord God, you yourself called our forefathers in faith to talk in your presence with pure hearts:
make us follow in their footsteps and become pure like them.
You chose the righteous man Joseph to bring up your Son:
make us serve our brethren, the mystical body of Christ.
You gave the earth to mankind to fill it and rule over it:
teach us to work with zeal in this world, constantly striving for your greater glory.
Father of all, remember the work of your hands:
grant to everyone a decent and peaceful working life.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

Almighty God, at the beginning of your plan to save the human race you entrusted your Son to Joseph’s care.
 By his intercession may your Church
 be a constant faithful guardian of your saving mysteries.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

25 posted on 03/19/2007 9:55:08 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Homily of the Day

Homily of the Day
Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.  
Other Articles by Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
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What Price, Justice?

March 18, 2007

2 Sm 7:4-5, 12-14, 16 / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Matthew 1:16,18-21, 24

In most of our churches, from the most austere to the most elaborate, three major icons dominate. The first, of course, being Our Lord crucified, the second, His and our Blessed Mother, and the Last, but certainly not least, is the image of St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse and foster father to Jesus.

Why is this so? What is it about this man, this poor carpenter which so completes our image of the Holy Family.

Matthew's gospel describes Joseph as a "just man." In his time, it was a great honor to be considered just. This was a virtue of high regard. We need look no further than his example of what true justice means.

When he was told that his betrothed carried a baby conceived by the Holy Spirit, he accepted. Despite dangers and the customs of the time, he held with faith the goodness of God's promise.

When he was told to leave his home, his job and his life and travel to a foreign place, he consented. He trusted in the Lord's Providence.

When he was told to raise a child that was not his own and to one day give him back to God, he obeyed. His faith and trust in the Father could not be broken.

Like Joseph, we are faced with decisions that bring us fear and worry. How do we respond? Are we people of acceptance, consent and obedience to the requests of God? Do we possess the great virtue of justice, the virtue that in times of tremendous uncertainty provides hope and peace? Or do we succumb to our anxieties and respond in judgment, doubt, and disrespect?   

On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, let us pray that like him, we can all trust in God's plan and become people of justice, especially in these uncertain times.

 


26 posted on 03/19/2007 10:00:13 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Mt 1:16-24
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Iacob autem genuit Ioseph virum Mariae de qua natus est Iesus qui vocatur Christus
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations. And from David to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations. omnes ergo generationes ab Abraham usque ad David generationes quattuordecim et a David usque ad transmigrationem Babylonis generationes quattuordecim et a transmigratione Babylonis usque ad Christum generationes quattuordecim
18 Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Christi autem generatio sic erat cum esset desponsata mater eius Maria Ioseph antequam convenirent inventa est in utero habens de Spiritu Sancto
19 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. Ioseph autem vir eius cum esset iustus et nollet eam traducere voluit occulte dimittere eam
20 But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. haec autem eo cogitante ecce angelus Domini in somnis apparuit ei dicens Ioseph fili David noli timere accipere Mariam coniugem tuam quod enim in ea natum est de Spiritu Sancto est
21 And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins. pariet autem filium et vocabis nomen eius Iesum ipse enim salvum faciet populum suum a peccatis eorum
22 Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: hoc autem totum factum est ut adimpleretur id quod dictum est a Domino per prophetam dicentem
23 Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. ecce virgo in utero habebit et pariet filium et vocabunt nomen eius Emmanuhel quod est interpretatum Nobiscum Deus
24 And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. exsurgens autem Ioseph a somno fecit sicut praecepit ei angelus Domini et accepit coniugem suam

27 posted on 03/19/2007 2:46:52 PM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

The Dream of St Joseph

Georges de la Tour
c. 1640
Oil on canvas, 93 x 81 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes


28 posted on 03/19/2007 2:47:27 PM PDT by annalex
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To: Salvation
Lk 2:41-51
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch. et ibant parentes eius per omnes annos in Hierusalem in die sollemni paschae
42 And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, et cum factus esset annorum duodecim ascendentibus illis in Hierosolymam secundum consuetudinem diei festi
43 And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not. consummatisque diebus cum redirent remansit puer Iesus in Hierusalem et non cognoverunt parentes eius
44 And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. existimantes autem illum esse in comitatu venerunt iter diei et requirebant eum inter cognatos et notos
45 And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. et non invenientes regressi sunt in Hierusalem requirentes eum
46 And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions. et factum est post triduum invenerunt illum in templo sedentem in medio doctorum audientem illos et interrogantem
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. stupebant autem omnes qui eum audiebant super prudentia et responsis eius
48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. et videntes admirati sunt et dixit mater eius ad illum fili quid fecisti nobis sic ecce pater tuus et ego dolentes quaerebamus te
49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my father's business? et ait ad illos quid est quod me quaerebatis nesciebatis quia in his quae Patris mei sunt oportet me esse
50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them. et ipsi non intellexerunt verbum quod locutus est ad illos
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. et descendit cum eis et venit Nazareth et erat subditus illis et mater eius conservabat omnia verba haec in corde suo

29 posted on 03/19/2007 2:55:51 PM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex


Young Jesus Preaching in the Temple

Antoni Gaudí

first 1/4 of 20th century
Stone
Nativity Portal of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Barcelona

30 posted on 03/19/2007 2:57:50 PM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

Would he be sitting in the High Priest's chair there? I sort of think so.


31 posted on 03/19/2007 4:47:23 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Vespers -- Evening Prayer

Vespers (Evening Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 14 (15)
Who is worthy to face the Lord?
Lord, who will live in your tent? Who will dwell on your holy mountain?

Whoever comes there without stain, acts rightly, speaks truth in his heart.
Whoever does not speak deceitfully, – or do harm to his neighbour, – or slander him.

Whoever despises the evil-doer, but he reveres those who fear the Lord.
Whoever swears and keeps his word, come what may – lends his money without usury – takes no bribe to condemn the innocent.

Whoever lives like this will stand firm for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 111 (112)
How blessed are the just
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord and loves his commands above all things.
His seed will be powerful on earth: the descendants of the just will be blessed.
Glory and riches will fill his house, and his righteousness will stand firm for ever.

He rises up in the darkness, a light for the upright,
compassionate, generous, and just.
Happy the man who takes pity and lends, who directs his affairs with wisdom –
he will never be shaken.

The just man will be remembered for ever, no slander will he fear.
His heart is ready, hoping in the Lord; his heart is strong, it will not fear,
until he looks down on his defeated enemies.
He gives alms and helps the poor: his righteousness will endure for ever,
his future will be glorious.

The transgressor will see, and be enraged: he will grind his teeth and fade away.
The desires of the wicked will perish.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Apocalypse 15
A hymn of adoration
Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God Almighty;
just and true are your ways, King of all nations!

Who, Lord, will not revere and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship in your presence, for your judgements have been seen by all.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Short reading Colossians 3:23 - 24 ©
Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as if it were for the Lord and not for men, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.

Canticle Magnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
 me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
 because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
 his mercy lasts for generation after generation
 for those who revere him.

He has put forth his strength:
 he has scattered the proud and conceited,
 torn princes from their thrones;
 but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
 the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
 he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
 to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions ?
From God the Father all fatherhood takes its name, in heaven and in earth. Let us turn to him in prayer:
Our Father in heaven, hear us.
Holy Father, the mystery of Christ had been hidden since before time began but you revealed it to Joseph:
grant that we may more clearly acknowledge your Son as God and man.
Heavenly Father, you feed the birds of the air, you clothe the grass of the field:
give all men the daily gift of the bread of heaven.
Creator of all things, you entrusted your work to our care:
give workers a fair share of the fruit of their labours.
God of righteousness, it is your will that men should be made righteous:
through the blessed Joseph, grant that we may live lives that are pleasing to you.
In your kindness grant this to the dying and the dead: that through your Son, and Mary his mother and the blessed Joseph,
they may receive your mercy.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

Almighty God, at the beginning of your plan to save the human race you entrusted your Son to Joseph’s care.
 By his intercession may your Church
 be a constant faithful guardian of your saving mysteries.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.
Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

32 posted on 03/19/2007 5:03:12 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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I could not find an image showing distinctly a high priest's chair. The text says "in the midst of the doctors", which makes an elevated position unlikely. In practical terms, -- barring a miracle -- a 12 year old boy might be invited to discourse with the doctors, but not to the high priest's chair, in my opinion.

These are the two early or Orthodox images I could find (the Orthodox icon, although not in itself old, must be written to the old canon):



Christ Among the Doctors
Giotto





Christ Among the Doctors
Orthodox

We see a footstool used by Christ, but He is sitting on a bench with the rest.

The Master of the Catholic Kings indeed shows Christ in a high priest chair, but this is his artistic imagination, not reflecting the iconographic tradition.



Christ among the Doctors

MASTER of the Catholic Kings

c. 1495/1497
Oil on panel, 136,2 x 93 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

33 posted on 03/19/2007 5:40:25 PM PDT by annalex
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Saint Joseph,
gentle protector of our Lady,
guardian and teacher of Jesus in his youth,
patron of fathers everywhere,
guardian of families,
helper of all those who work,
thank you for being who you are,
gentle,
kind,
understanding,
and oh so patient.

Saint Joseph,
how often we take you for granted,
and you sit there, in the shadows,
doing the work
that God has asked you to do,
with the skilled hands of a patient craftsman.

On this day,
I wish to honor you for who you are,
and what you have done,
and let me say thank you
for being willing to answer the call of God,
for loving and caring for our Lady,
for loving and caring for our Lord,
for loving and caring for us, your foster children.

Amen.


34 posted on 03/19/2007 7:53:52 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Faith-sharing bump.


35 posted on 03/19/2007 8:09:59 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Is the American voter smarter than a fifth grader?)
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Lovely artwork of St. Joseph. (Post 3)


36 posted on 03/19/2007 8:11:22 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Is the American voter smarter than a fifth grader?)
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To: Suzy Quzy

There are many good links to pieces on St. Joseph on this thread that I'd like to explore. I'll be sorry when this month is over and the sweet little bio on Joseph that appears every day on the Caucus, will be set aside for another year!


37 posted on 03/19/2007 8:23:03 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Is the American voter smarter than a fifth grader?)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

St. Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us!


38 posted on 03/19/2007 8:31:01 PM PDT by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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Amen!


39 posted on 03/19/2007 8:34:42 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: annalex

Thanks, those are all very interesting. Now that you mention it, I don't think it would have been the High Priest's chair either. It just seemed that he would not have been higher in a picture or sculture than those in the Temple at the time. Maybe I'm reading too much into the picture.


40 posted on 03/19/2007 9:54:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Beautiful! Thanks.


41 posted on 03/19/2007 9:55:53 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word among Us


Monday, March 19, 2007

Meditation
Romans 4:13,16-18, 22



St. Joseph

Joseph believed God. Like Abraham before him, in hope, he believed against hope (Romans 4:18). Consider Joseph's situation. He was betrothed to Mary. This was a serious, binding agreement between them to wed. But then, Mary was found with child before they came together (Matthew 1:18). According to the law, Mary could have been stoned to death or compelled to marry the one with whom she had lain. Either way, the law expected Joseph to break the agreement with Mary and have nothing to do with her.

But like Abraham, Joseph believed God—the God who raises up generations and who establishes kingdoms (2 Samuel 7:13,16). Joseph's faith was rooted in the one who has established his steadfast love forever, whose faithfulness is as firm as the heavens (Psalm 89:2). So, when the angel told him to wed Mary and that she was bearing God's Messiah (Matthew 1:20-21), Joseph believed and took her as his wife.

Could Joseph have done this purely on human strength? No. Faith like Joseph's comes only as a gift of God. Thus, the story of Joseph highlights the miraculous, overpowering grace of God in every way. God called Joseph to be the husband of Mary and the foster father of the Messiah. And God gave him the grace to accomplish his calling and take his place in the fulfillment of Gods plans.

If we contemplate Mary and Joseph, we can come to see that we too are surrounded by Gods grace. By grace, the Son of God freely came to share our humanity. By grace, like Mary and Joseph, we are enabled to place our lives in Jesus' hands. By grace, the heavens are opened, and we can experience the Fathers saving love. God has done so much for us! How should we respond? By following Joseph's example of faith, trust, and obedience, even when the calling is difficult. God continues to be merciful. He continues to pours out his grace on us.

Thank you, Father, for calling me into your life through your Son and giving me the ability to believe in him. Father, you know how weak my faith can be and how I can waver in responding to you. Father, I believe—but help my unbelief!

2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16; Psalm 89:2-5,27,29; Matthew 1:16,18-21,24



42 posted on 03/19/2007 10:01:17 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

All Issues > Volume 23, Number 2

<< Monday, March 19, 2007 >>
St. Joseph
 
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24
or Luke 2:41-51
View Readings  Similar Reflections
 
"DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS"
 
"Joseph her husband, an upright man unwilling to expose her to the law, decided to divorce her quietly." —Matthew 1:19
 

When Joseph did not divorce Mary, he made one of the greatest acts of faith in history. Humanly speaking, he had every reason to divorce her. The only thing dissuading Joseph from the divorce was a dream he had in which an angel told him to take Mary as his wife (Mt 1:20). Enlightened by this dream, Joseph did not divorce Mary (Mt 1:24). Thus he did not divorce Jesus, the Baby in Mary's womb.

Like Joseph, we all have occasions to get a divorce. Some divorce their spouses legally. Others divorce them by ignoring them. Some parents divorce their children by surrendering them to the TV or by not correcting them after they seem incorrigible. Many Christians have divorced their church families. They may still go to church on Sunday, but don't get involved. Many mothers even divorce themselves from the babies in their wombs. Instead of bonding with these children, they abort them.

Jesus is the most divorced Person of all. When we divorce others, we divorce Him (see Lk 10:16; Mt 25:40). He hates divorce (Mal 2:16) but still loves those who are divorced and even those who do the divorcing. He will never divorce us.

 
Prayer: Father, like Joseph may I never divorce Jesus by divorcing someone else.
Promise: "Hoping against hope, Abraham believed and so became the father of many nations." —Rm 4:18
Praise: St. Joseph had to deal with scandal, homelessness, persecution, and exile, but accepted all gladly for Mary and Jesus.
 

43 posted on 03/19/2007 10:03:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Compline -- Night Prayer

Compline (Night Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.


This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.


Psalm 85 (86)
A poor man's prayer in time of trouble
Lord God, you are full of mercies, patient and true.
Turn your ear to me, Lord, and hear me,
 for I am poor and destitute.
Keep my life safe, for I am faithful;
 O God, save your servant, who trusts in you.

Take pity upon me, O Lord,
 for I call to you all the day long.
Make your servant’s heart glad,
 for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.
For you, Lord, are gentle and mild:
 you are kind to all those who call on you.

Let your ears hear my prayer, O Lord!
 Turn to the voice of my pleading!
In my time of trouble I call on you,
 for you, O Lord, will hear me.

No other god is like you, O Lord,
 and nothing compares with your works.
All people – all nations you made –
 will come and worship before you;
 they will give glory to your name.
For you are great, you work wonders:
 you alone are God.

O Lord, teach me your paths,
 and I will come to your truth.
Make my heart simple and guileless,
 so that it honours your name.
I will proclaim you, Lord my God,
 and give you praise with all my heart.
I will give glory to your name for ever,
 for your great kindness is upon me:
 you have rescued me from the deepest depths.

O God, the proud rise against me,
 in the meetings of the powerful they seek my life:
 they do not keep you in their sight.
And you, Lord, are a God of compassion,
 full of mercies, patient and true.
Look upon me, have mercy upon me,
 give your strength and protection to your servant
 your servant, the child of your handmaid.

Give me a sign of your goodness,
 let my enemies see it and be confounded;
because you, O Lord, have helped me and given me comfort.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
Lord God, you are full of mercies, patient and true.

Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
God chose that we should receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us; so that, asleep or awake, we should still live with him.

Short Responsory ?
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of faithfulness.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Canticle Nunc Dimittis
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace.
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
 You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
 which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
 the glory of your people Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace.

Prayer
Let us pray.
Give our bodies rest, Lord, to restore them; and let the seeds sown by our labours today grow and yield an eternal harvest.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
A M E N
An antiphon to Our Lady should be recited here.

44 posted on 03/19/2007 10:06:48 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Did the swallows come back to Capistrano( I do not know how to spell that one)? Here is the story , when the swallows do not return some thing bad will happen. Any body know what it is? Every year on ST Joseph's day so far they have returned. It used to be on the news but since they do not offend the so called other religions they do not mention it anymore on tv. So I turn to the truth ,free republic of course.


45 posted on 03/20/2007 8:06:52 AM PDT by betsyross1776 (BIG HOME DO NOT BUY YOU HAPPINESS)
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