12 March – Day Two – Novena to St Joseph

Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Two

St Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary

Dear St Joseph,

I’m thinking about the angel’s words to you, “Do not be afraid to take Mary for your wife” (Mt 1:20).   Saint Joseph, you weren’t afraid.   You trusted God.   And now you truly are the husband of Mary.   After Jesus, you are the dearest person to her heart!   Well, St Joseph, as my spiritual father, I now ask you to speak to Mary about me, about my life.  If you kindly adopt me as your spiritual child, then I know all the more, that Mary will take me to her heart as well.   Both of you truly are my spiritual parents.   And just as any good father wants to see his children love their mother, I know that you will help me to know and love my spiritual mother more.

By your powerful prayers, I ask you to help me realise what a gift I have in Mary.   Pray for me that I will better appreciate her motherly role in my life.   Saint Joseph, I know that you love her.   I know it makes you happy to see her children love her with all their hearts.

Therefore, as I prepare to consecrate myself totally to your fatherly care, I give you permission — in fact, I’m pleading with you, Help me to appreciate my Mother Mary even more.

Saint Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary, please help me to love my spiritual mother even more. Amenday two - novena to st joseph loving spouse of mary - 12 march 2019.jpg


Lenten Thoughts – 12 March – “On the Lord’s Prayer” – St Cyprian

Lenten Thoughts – 12 March – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Saint Cyprian of Carthage
Bishop, Father of the Church and Martyr

An excerpt from his “On the Lord’s Prayer”

Dear brothers, the commands of the Gospel are nothing else than God’s lessons, the foundations on which to build up hope, the supports for strengthening faith, the food that nourishes the heart.   They are the rudder for keeping us on the right course, the protection that keeps our salvation secure.   As they instruct the receptive minds of believers on earth, they lead safely to the kingdom of heaven.

God willed that many things should be said by the prophets, His servants and listened to by His people.   How much greater are the things spoken by the Son.   These are now witnessed to by the very word of God who spoke through the prophets.   The Word of God does not now command us to prepare the way for His coming – He comes in person and opens up the way for us and directs us toward it.   Before, we wandered in the darkness of death, aimlessly and blindly.   Now we are enlightened by the light of grace and are to keep to the highway of life, with the Lord to precede and direct us.

The Lord has given us many counsels and commandments to help us toward salvation. He has even given us a pattern of prayer, instructing us on how we are to pray.   He has given us life and with His accustomed generosity, He has also taught us how to pray.   He has made it easy for us to be heard as we pray to the Father in the words taught us by the Son.

He has already foretold that the hour was coming when true worshippers would worship the Father in spirit and in truth.   He fulfilled what He had promised before, so that we who have received the spirit and the truth through the holiness He has given us, may worship in truth and in the spirit through the prayer He has taught.

What prayer could be more a prayer in the spirit than the one given us by Christ, by whom the Holy Spirit was sent upon us?   What prayer could be more a prayer in the truth than the one spoken by the lips of the Son, who is Truth Himself?   It follows that to pray in any other way than the Son has taught us is not only the result of ignorance but of sin.   He himself has commanded it and has said – You reject the command of God, to set up your own tradition.

So, my brothers, let us pray as God our master has taught us.   To ask the Father in words His Son has given us, to let Him hear the prayer of Christ ringing in His ears, is to make our prayer one of friendship, a family prayer.   Let the Father recognise the words of His Son.   Let the Son who lives in our hearts, be also on our lips.   We have Him as an Advocate for sinners, before the Father, when we ask for forgiveness for ours sins, let us use the words given by our Advocate.   He tells us – Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you.   What more effective prayer could we then make, in the name of Christ, than in the words of His own prayer?let us pray as god our master has taught us - st cyprian 12 march 2019 lenten thoughts no 2

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Thought for the Day – 12 March – “God alone! disconsolate soul, God alone!”

Thought for the Day – 12 March – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, C – Gospel Matthew 6:7–15 and the Memorial of St Luigi Orione FDP (1872-1940)

“Men who have risked their lives for the sake of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 15: 26). These words taken from the Acts of the Apostles can be well-applied to St Luigi Orione, a man who gave himself entirely for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.   Physical and moral sufferings, fatigue, difficulty, misunderstandings and all kinds of obstacles characterised his apostolic ministry.   “Christ, the Church, souls”, he would say, “are loved and served on the cross and through crucifixion or they are not loved and served at all” (Writings, 68, 81).

The heart of this strategy of charity was “without limits because it was opened wide by the charity of Christ” (ibid., 102, 32).   Passion for Christ was the soul of his bold life, the interior thrust of an altruism without reservations, the always fresh source of an indestructible hope.

This humble son of a man who repaired roads proclaimed that “only charity will save the world” and to everyone he would often say, that “perfect joy can only be found in perfect dedication of oneself to God and man and to all mankind.”

St Pope John Paul on the Canonisation of St Luigi
Sixth Sunday of Easter, 16 May 2004

Work, Seeking God Alone
From writings by Saint Don Orione (1872-1940)

“Yesterday, when I was in the room of a good priest my eyes fell on these words:

God alone!

My look at that moment was full of weariness and pain and my mind was thinking about so many other days like yesterday, full of anxiety and above the whirl of so much anguish and above the confused sound of so many sighs, I seemed to hear the amiable and good voice of my Angel –
God alone! disconsolate soul, God alone!”

The ideal of Don Orione’s life was to live and to die for the spiritual welfare of people, serving Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Mother Church and its head, the Pope.

His motto was, “Do good always, to all, evil to none”.

St Luigi Orione, Pray for us!god alone - st luigi orione pray for us no 2 12 march 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 12 March – “Speaking of Prayer”

Quote/s of the Day – 12 March – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, C – Gospel Matthew 6:7–15 and the Memorial of St Luigi Orione FDP (1872-1940)

“Speaking of Prayer”

“Without Prayer nothing good is done.
God’s works are done with our hands joined
and on our knees.
Even when we run,
we must remain spiritually
kneeling before Him.”

Saint Luigi Orione (1872-1940)without-prayer-bl-luigi-orione-12 march 2019.jpg

“But if He who was without sin prayed,
how much more ought sinners to pray
and if He prayed continually,
watching through the whole night with uninterrupted petitions,
how much more ought we
to lie awake at night in continuing prayer!”

St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258)

Father of the Church

(The Lord’s Prayer #29)luke 5 16 but he withdrew to the wilderness - but if he who was without sin - st cyprian 11 jan 2019.jpg

“Your prayer is a conversation with God.
When you read, it is God who is speaking,
when you pray, it is with God that you are speaking.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchyour-prayer-is-a-conversation-st-augustine-19-sept-2018.jpg

“All that one says to the Saviour is prayer
and when the mind cannot apply itself,
to the effort of true prayer,
a few simple words to Him become one.
It is needful always to think of Him,
even if it is only by the thought
that one is thinking less of Him –
one must be always thinking of Him
and then bit by bit,
He draws one back entirely to Him,
He is so good!”

Eugene de Ferronays (1827 – 1894)all-that-one-says-to-the-saviour-is-prayer-eugene-de-ferronays-9-jan-2019.jpg

“When we pray,
let it be our whole being
that turns towards God –
our thoughts,
our heart…
The Lord will be moved
to incline towards us
and come to our help…”

St Pio of Pietralcina “Padre Pio” (1887-1968)when-we-pray-st-padre-pio-12-feb-2019.jpg

“Prayer is necessary to receive the help of God,
as grain is needed to harvest … a humble and trustful prayer,
for what is necessary for salvation,
is never lost.
It is heard at least by the fact,
that it begs for the grace,
to abide in prayer.”

Blessed Michal Sopoćko (1888-1975)prayer-is-necessary-bl-michal-sopocka-15-feb-2019.jpg


Lenten Reflection – 12 March – “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” – St Leo the Great

Lenten Reflection – 12 March – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, C – Gospel Matthew 6:7–15tuesday-of-the-first-week-of-lent-12 March 2019.jpg

“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”

St Pope Leo the Great (400-461)

Father & Doctor of the Church

“Those who wish to receive the Paschal feast of the Lord in holiness of mind and body should strive, above all, to win that grace which contains the summit of virtues and “covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pt 4:8).   So at the point of celebrating the greatest of all mysteries, that with which the blood of Jesus Christ wiped out our iniquities, let us first of all prepare the sacrifice of mercy.

Thus we shall return to those who have offended us what the goodness of God has granted us.   May insults be cast into oblivion, wrongs ignore torture from now on and all offences be set free from fear of reprisal!…   If someone should detain such prisoners… may he fully understand that he himself is a sinner and, so as to receive forgiveness, let him rejoice that he has found someone to forgive.   In this way, when we say, according to the Lord’s teaching: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” (Mt 6:12), we shall have no doubt that we receive God’s pardon as we formulate our prayer.”matthew 6 9 forgive us our debts - st pope leo - thus we shall return to those 12 march 2019.jpg

Daily Meditation:
Help us grow in our desire for you.

We are learning the intimate connection
between the “discipline” we choose these days,
and the growth of our desire.
If our desire for our Lord is weak,
if it has to compete with so many other desires that choke it out,
then we need to re-form our desiring.
We want to be disciples –
those who love Jesus, are with Jesus in our desires,
and choose to follow Jesus.

In today’s lesson we learn the Lord’s Prayer again.
As children, we turn to our Loving Father in prayer.

“I shall know You,
You who know me.
Virtue of my soul,
go deep into it
and make it fit for You,
so that You may have it
and possess it,
without stain or wrinkle.”

St Augustine (354-430)

Father & Doctor of the Churchi-shall-know-you-st-augustine-19-sept-2018.jpg

Closing Prayer:
Father of my soul,
Mother of my heart,
I know Your love for me is limitless beyond imagining.
You care for me as a loving parent.
Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices,
help me to become less selfish
and more aware of Your ways.
Fan the flame of my desire
to draw ever closer to You.
Guide me to seek Your love.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

“Your faith will grow,
only in the measure,
that you give it away.”

Bishop Robert Barronyour-faith-will-grow-bishop-barron-18-sept-2018.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 12 March – Our identity

One Minute Reflection – 12 March – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, C – Gospel Matthew 6:7–15

“Pray then like this:
Our Father who art in heaven…”…Matthew 6:9

REFLECTION – “It’s good for us to sometimes examine our own consciences on this point. For me, is God my Father?   Do I feel that He is my Father?   And if I don’t feel that, let me ask the Holy Spirit to teach me to feel that way.   And am I able to forget offences, to forgive, to let go of it and if not, let us ask the Father:  ‘these people too are your children, they did something horrible to me … can you help me to forgive them’?   Let us carry out this examination of our consciences and it will do us a lot of good, good, good.   ‘Father’ and ‘our’: give us our identity as His children and give us a family to journey with during our lives.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 16 June 2016.matthew 6 9 - pray then like this - the father and our give us our identity pope francis - 12 march 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, we are Your children and we beg You, make us know this with all our being.   May we be as little children in total trust and dependence on You. May we glory in resembling You, as children resemble their fathers on earth.  For You are all goodness, love and truth – may we become all of these things as perfect copies of You. May the prayers of St Luigi Orione, who lived his life as a true copy of Your Son, bring us strength and commitment especially on our Lenten journey to the Resurrection of Your Son.   Through Jesus our Lord and Saviour, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, luigi orione 12 march 2019 pray for us


Our Morning Offering – 12 March – “The Our Father”

Our Morning Offering – 12 March – Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, C – Gospel Matthew 6:7–15

“Pray then like this:”…Matthew 6:9

Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread
and forgive us
our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

the our father - matthew 6 7-15 - lenten reflection 20 feb 2018