Tag Archives: St Joseph

Praying to St. Joseph for Priests

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. … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to All

Receive my prayers and wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

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Devotion to St. Joseph: A Story

On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, I am pleased to share my translation of a brief story from an Italian devotional book. I translated the text as it was found on the blog Cordialiter. * * * A rich man had been … Continue reading

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Month of May

Another month of May is upon us, and so another month dedicated to Our Lady. Although we begin it with today’s feast of St. Joseph the Worker, we will conclude it with the Feast of the Visitation. Hopefully there will … Continue reading

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Put St. Joseph to Work for You

Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker! Devotion to St. Joseph is a healthy part of any Catholic spirituality. There is an endearing article today on Vatican Insider about Pope Francis’ devotion to St. Joseph – read it here. I … Continue reading

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Veiled Images for Passiontide

Here is a cell phone snapshot of some of the veiled images in a church in my hometown, where I am visiting right now. The colors aren’t quite right – the veils were definitely purple. Are the images in your … Continue reading

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Patron of a Happy Death

St. Joseph had a happy death because Jesus and Mary were at his side. Therefore, he is the patron of a happy death. Let us pray to him – we are all going to die – so that our own … Continue reading

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Some Local Devotion

In the 13th-century basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, near where I live, they had this altar set up for St. Joseph today: This image, as far as I recall, is not usually on this altar. They brought it out … Continue reading

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Happy Feast of St. Joseph

Today’s feast is a Solemnity, which means that we are not required to undertake our Lenten penances (though it is certainly a fine idea to do them anyhow). Time-permitting, I will post some more thoughts on St. Joseph later today. … Continue reading

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A Name Day

Today*, March 19th, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, is the name day or onomastico of Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI. Happy name day, Holy Father! Say a prayer for the Pope Emeritus today. Do you celebrate your name day (assuming you have … Continue reading

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Is Anyone Among You Sick?

At the Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Francis catechized about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick – one of the most misunderstood sacraments. The Church teaches that one should receive this sacrament when he or she “begins to … Continue reading

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Families and Single Persons

One of the themes that I have started posting about here is that of the domestic church – the way we live our faith in private, most of all in the family home. In this regard, I want to share with … Continue reading

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