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Novena to St Joseph, Day Four – 14 March

Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Four

St Joseph, Strong Guardian

Dear St Joseph,

When I think that God gave me my guardian angel and St Michael to daily watch over me and defend me, I’m not afraid.   But then, when I think that you, you who are even more powerful before God, are my spiritual father, when I think that you are the “Terror of Demons,” when I think of how you protected the Baby Jesus from Herod, then I am completely at peace (or, at least I know I should be).

Saint Joseph, please pray that I will have the peace that comes from trusting in your fatherly protection.   Saint Joseph, I believe that you will protect me from my enemies, seen and unseen. I believe that you will protect me from bodily and spiritual harm.   I trust in your fatherly care.   Saint Joseph, I will do my best not to give into fear, knowing that you are praying for me in a special way as a child who has formally consecrated himself to your fatherly care.

Saint Joseph, Strong Guardian, please defend me with your prayers. Amenday four - novena to st joseph strong guardian 14 march 2019.jpg

Posted in Blessed JOHN HENRY Cardinal NEWMAN, LENT 2019, LENTEN THOUGHTS, PRACTISING CATHOLIC, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on CONVERSION, QUOTES on DIVINE PROVIDENCE, QUOTES on OBEDIENCE, QUOTES on SANCTITY

Lenten Thoughts – 14 March – Christ Calls Us Deeper Still – Bl John Henry

Lenten Thoughts – 14 March – Thursday of the First week of Lent, Year C, Today’s

Christ Calls Us Deeper Still

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Called on from grace to grace
All through our life Christ is calling us.   He called us first in Baptism but afterwards also, whether we obey His voice or not, He graciously calls us still.   If we fall from our Baptism, He calls us to repen,; if we are striving to fulfil our calling, He calls us on from grace to grace and from holiness to holiness, while life is given us.
Abraham was called from his home, Peter from his nets, Matthew from his office, Elisha from his farm, Nathanael from his retreat – we are all in course of calling, on and on, from one thing to another, having no resting-place but mounting towards our eternal rest and obeying one command only, to have another put upon us.   He calls us again and again, in order to justify us, again and again—and again and again and more and more, to sanctify and glorify us.

Christ calls us right now!
It were well, if we understood this but we are slow to master the great truth, that Christ is, as it were, walking among us and by His hand, or eye, or voice, bidding us to follow Him.

We do not understand that His call is a thing which takes place now.   We think it took place in the Apostles’ days but we do not believe in it, we do not look out for it in our own case.   We have not eyes to see the Lord, far different from the beloved Apostle, who knew Christ even when the rest of the disciples knew Him not.   When He stood on the shore after His resurrection and bade them cast the net into the sea, “that disciple whom Jesus loved said unto Peter, It is the Lord” (John 21:7).

Do you accept Christ’s’ call?
There is nothing miraculous or extraordinary in His dealings with us.   He works through our natural faculties and circumstances of life.   Still what happens to us in providence, is in all essential respects, what His voice was to those whom He addressed, when on earth – whether He commands by a visible presence, or by a voice, or by our consciences, it matters not, so that we feel it to be a command.   If it is a command, it may be obeyed or disobeyed, it may be accepted as Samuel or St Paul accepted it, or put aside after the manner of the young man who had great possessions.christ calls us right now - thurs 1st week lent - 14 march 2019 bl john henry newman.jpg

Posted in PAPAL HOMILIES, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 14 March – God’s Works

Thought for the Day – 14 March – the Memorial of Blessed Giacomo Cusmano (1834-1888)

St Pope John Paul on the Beatification of Blessed Giacomo, 30 October 1983

“To heal the wounds of poverty and misery which were afflicting such a large part of the population because of recurring famines and epidemics but also because of social inequality, (Blessed Giacomo Cusmano) chose the way of charity – love for God which was translated into effective love for his brethren and into the gift of himself to the most needy and suffering in a service pushed to the point of heroic sacrifice.

After opening a first “House for the Poor”, he began a broader work of social promotion by instituting the “Morsel for the Poor” Association, which was like the mustard seed from which a very vigorous plant sprung up.   Making himself poor with the poor, he did not disdain begging in the streets of Palermo, soliciting everyone’s charity and collecting food which he then distributed to the innumerable poor who gathered around him.

His work, like all of God’s works, encountered difficulties which severely tested his will but with immense confidence in God and with his indomitable will power, he overcame every obstacle, giving origin to the Institute of the “Sisters Servants of the Poor” and to the “Congregation of Missionary Servants of the Poor”.

He led his spiritual sons and daughters to the practice of charity in fidelity to the evangelical counsels and in striving for holiness.   His rules and spiritual letters are documents of an ascetic wisdom in which strength and gentleness are merged.   The central idea was this – “To live in the presence of God and in union with God, to receive everything from God’s hands, to do everything out of pure love and the glory of God.”

Blessed GIACOMO CUSMANO, PRAY for US!bl giacomo cusmano pray for us 14 march 2019.jpg

Posted in QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on DIVINE PROVIDENCE, QUOTES on TRUST in GOD, SAINT of the DAY

Quote of the Day – 14 March – All for God

Quote of the Day – 14 March – the Memorial of Blessed Giacomo Cusmano (1834-1888)

The charism of the Congregations founded by Blessed Giacomo

and a beautiful creed for us all:

“To live in the presence of God
and in union with God,
to receive everything from God’s hands,
to do everything out of pure love
and the glory of God.”

Blessed Giacomo Cusmano (1834-1888)live in the presence of god - bl giacomo cusmano 14 march 2019.jpg

 

Posted in CARMELITES, LENT 2019, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on DIVINE PROVIDENCE, QUOTES on TRUST in GOD

Lenten Reflection – 14 March – The Prince of Peace

Lenten Reflection – 14 March – Thursday of the First week of Lent, Year C, Today’s Gospel Matthew 7:7-12

“Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”...Matthew 7:7

The Prince of Peace

“Launch your soul on the waves of confidence and abandonment and remember that anything that troubles it or throws it into fear does not come from God, for He is the Prince of Peace and He promises that peace to “those of good will” (Lk 2:14 Vg.).   When you are afraid you have abused His grace, that is the time to redouble your confidence, for, as the Apostle Paul says:  “Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more,” (Rm 5:20) and farther on:  “I boast of my weaknesses, for then the power of Jesus Christ dwells in me.” (2 Cor 12:9)   “Our God is rich in mercy because of His immense love.” (Eph 2:4)”

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)
(Letter 224 (I Have Found God)launch your soul on the waves of confidence - st elizabeth of the trinity - 14 march 2019 thurs 1st week lent.jpg

Daily Meditation:

Help us to be eager in doing Your will.
In today’s lesson, we learn more about prayer.
We are touched by the bold, full-hearted prayer of Esther.
We hear with a freshness how sincerely Jesus invites us to:
ask and receive
seek and find
knock and find the door opened.

Dependence is not a virtue we ordinarily admire.
Today we grow in our sense that we need God’s grace very much –
even to know what is right –
but certainly to fan our desires into a flame.

Lord, on the day I called for help,
you answered me.
Psalm 138thurs of the first week - psalm 138 lord on the day 14 march 2019.jpg
Closing Prayer:
Lord,
I am not always eager to do Your will.
I’d often much rather do my own will.
Please be with me on this Lenten journey
and help me to remember
that Your own Spirit can guide me
in the right direction.
I want to fix my weaknesses
but the task seems overwhelming.
But I know that with Your help,
anything can be done.
With a grateful heart,
I acknowledge Your love
and know that without You,
I can do nothing.

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

Posted in LENT 2019, MORNING Prayers, Papa FRANCIS, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 14 March – “Ask and it will be given you”

One Minute Reflection – 14 March – Thursday of the First week of Lent, Year C, Today’s Gospel Matthew 7:7-12 and the Memorial of Blessed Giacomo Cusmano (1834-1888)

“Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”...Matthew 7:7

REFLECTION – “Please be bold, because when we pray we usually have a need.   The friend is God – He is a rich friend who has bread, He has what we need.   As Jesus said – “In prayer be intrusive.   Do not get tired.”   But do not get tired of what?   Of asking. “Ask and it will be given to you”.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 11 October 2018ask and it will be given to you matthew 7 7 - please be bold - pope francis 14 march 2019

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, with confidence we pray, for in Your bounty Lord, You give us all we need.   You hear our plea and grant us our needs.   You give us the Spirit, who alone can teach us to think and do what is right, so that we, who without You cannot exist, may live in loving obedience to Your Will.   Hear the prayers of Blessed Giacomo Cusmano on our behalf and add them to our own imperfect petitions.   Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.blessed giacomo cusmano pray for us 14 march 2019.jpg

Posted in BREVIARY Prayers, DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, HYMNS, LENT 2019, YouTube VIDEOS

Our Morning Offering – 14 March – Now Let Us All with One Accord

Our Morning Offering – 14 March – Thursday of the First week of Lent, Year C

Now Let Us All with One Accord
By St Gregory the Great (540-604)
Father & Doctor of the Church

Now let us all with one accord,
In fellowship with ages past,
Keep vigil with our heav’nly Lord,
In His temptation and his fast.

The covenant so long revealed
To faithful ones in former time,
Christ by His own example sealed,
The Lord of love, in love sublime.

Remember, Lord, though frail we be,
By Your own kind hand we were made
And help us, lest our frailty
Cause Your great name to be betrayed.

Hear us, O Trinity sublime,
And undivided unity.
So let this consecrated time
Bring forth its fruit abundantly.
Amen

now let us all with one accord by st gregory the great - 14 march 2019305.jpg