Another Solemnity of St. Joseph is upon us — normally celebrated today, but transferred to Monday the 20th this year because of today’s being a Sunday.
Devotion to St. Joseph has been growing in the Church over the last century. The Lord has a way of “highlighting” certain saints that are more needed in certain times than in others. In this time, when the family is constantly under attack and there is more confusion than ever over the role of men and what it means to be masculine, St. Joseph is there in a special way to help us stay on the correct path. This article (“Now Is the Time of St. Joseph“) is definitely worth a read in that regard.
The excellent blog, Vultus Christi, run by Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B. of Silverstream Priory in Ireland, is definitely worth a follow — and I want to share something that Father posted today. This monastery, by the way, exists to pray in reparation before the Blessed Sacrament for the sins of priests. It is a great work of holiness in the Church and another example of the way that the Lord raises up individuals throughout history who are needed to respond to the needs of their times.
Be sure, then, to read the post from today, about Praying to St. Joseph for Priests. One or both of these prayers may be useful even to priests, in praying for each other.
I also want to encourage a book that was recently published by a monk of Silverstream Priory. It is especially useful for priests and seminarians, but not only: I would say that those who regularly pray for priests or who regularly help priests would find it helpful also. Take a look. It is entitled, In Sinu Iesu (click to see on Amazon). As ordination season is coming up, this book might be a good gift for those being ordained.
Thank you to all who regularly pray for priests! We need the prayers!