St. Joseph: Model for Consecrated Persons

St. Joseph is, for all followers of Christ, the preeminent model of the interior life—the life of continual mindfulness of Divine Love and God’s abiding presence in every moment of our lives. For those in consecrated life, St. Joseph is a living rule by which we can measure our own fidelity and authenticity to be […] Source: St. Joseph: Model for Consecrated...

The Imitation of St. Joseph in the Interior Life

Ponder only that by having married the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph renounced the dignity of fatherhood—so dear to the Israelites, and voluntarily lived in lifelong virginity so that he could belong totally to God. This was a life of mortification and chastity. While a descendant of the royal family, he worked every day for a […] Source: The Imitation of St. Joseph in the Interior...

Pope approves 7 new invocations to Litany of St. Joseph – Vatican News

Pope approves 7 new invocations to Litany of St. Joseph On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1, the Vatican added 7 new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph, with the approval of Pope Francis. By Robin Gomes The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Saturday introduced 7 new invocations to the litany in honour of St. Joseph. The initiative comes during the Year of St. Joseph which Pope Francis declared from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021. In a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, the Secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Arthur Roche and Undersecretary, Father Corrado Maggioni, SMM, explained the reason behind the move. “On the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, published the Apostolic Letter Patris corde, with the aim ‘to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal’,” they wrote. “In this light, it appeared opportune to update the Litany in honour of Saint Joseph, approved by the Apostolic See in 1909, by integrating seven new...

PRAY THE ROSARY AS A FAMILY

In this month of May, I would like to recall the importance and beauty of the prayer of the Holy Rosary. Reciting the Hail Mary, we are led to contemplate the mysteries of Jesus, that is, to reflect on the key moments of his life, so that, as with Mary and St Joseph, he is the centre of our thoughts, of our attention and our actions. It would be nice if, especially in this month of May, we could pray the Holy Rosary together in the family, with friends, in the parish, or some prayer to Jesus and the Virgin Mary! Praying together is a precious moment that further strengthens family life, friendship! Let us learn to pray more in the family and as a family! Pope Francis (from...

Great FREE Opportunities: Theology of the Body

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE APRIL 30 – MAY 2, 2021 Register today for the FREE TOB Virtual Conference (April 30-May 2) and enjoy these exclusive presentations from:• Fr. Donald Calloway: “The Fatherhood of St. Joseph”• Dr. Scott Hahn: “St. Joseph and the Theology of the Body”• Dr. Christopher West: “Stunned by Glory: A Renewed Vision of St.Joseph As Husband and Father” (Pts. 1 & 2)• Fr. Jacques Philippe: “St. Joseph – A Father for Difficult Times”• Jennifer Settle: “Living as a Daughter of St. Joseph”• Amanda Zurface: “Why All Women Need Josephs in Their Lives”• Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB: “A Journey Through the Heart of St. Joseph”• Dr. Greg Bottaro: “Knowing What You Need from St. Joseph and Howto Get It”The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 falls in the middle of our free TOB Virtual Conference! Learn More and Register! The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 falls in the middle of our free TOB Virtual Conference! Register for the Free TOB Virtual Conference below! Also don’t forget to purchase a Premium Pass before the conference at our most discounted price and have extended access beyond the weekend plus some other incredible exclusive perks! DEEPEN YOUR LOVE AND DEVOTION TO ST....

St. Joseph’s Lessons on Abstinence & NFP in Marriage

MARCH 24, 2021 St. Joseph’s Lessons on Abstinence & NFP in Marriage MICHELE CHRONISTER Natural Family Planning (or NFP, as it is more commonly called) is a natural, scientifically based method of child-spacing that is effective, morally acceptable, and… hard. Any couple who practices NFP can tell you both stories of how NFP has blessed their marriage as well as stories of how NFP has been a cross at times. Promoting regular communication between spouses and focused on supporting the health of a woman, its benefits are numerous. The harder side of NFP, though, is not unique to couples who practice Natural Family Planning—periods of abstinence. In any marriage (even in marriages not using NFP), periodic abstinence may be required. Abstinence is necessary in the weeks after childbirth, for example. It may also be required when a spouse is ill, or one of them needs to travel for work or the military. Abstinence might be necessary before or after surgery, and it may also need to be practiced during all or part of a woman’s menstruation.  The great lie of contraception is that it can prevent times of abstinence. That is not possible. Abstinence is part of every marriage.  What makes...