ITE AD JOSEPH! GO TO JOSEPH! History and Pope Francis have infused these three words with layers of significance. Francis declared 2021 the year of Joseph. March is the month of Joseph, and in particular March 19, we keep a solemn festival in honor of Saint Joseph.
“In a time of favor I answered you, on the day of salvation I helped you. I have kept you and given you as a covenant for your people.” (Isaiah 49:8). Today’s readings proclaim that Christ, the Word of the Father, is always guiding the personal life of each of us - and all of human history! The life of Saint Patrick is truly a testimony of that.
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What keeps you going when the going gets tough? When you experience the pain of rejection or betrayal? When you have been misunderstood by your friends, family, or community? What keeps you pursuing God for His direction for a purposeful and successful life?
On the day he was elected, Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger said: “I am a humble servant in the vineyard of the Lord.” Let us take a look at some of the "Josephs" we know in life, and in scripture. We may discover this Lent, that silent prayer is the pulsing heart of faith.
We are pleased to share the following article from The Catholic Voice, a publication of the Diocese of Oakland, California.
February 2021: COVID February. Nevertheless, we approach the anniversary of one of the most extraordinary Divine interventions since the Resurrection. This one, however, happened in dumping grounds on the outskirts of a small town, Lourdes, in the French Pyrenees.