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...

Pope: St. Joseph a model for pastors – Vatican News

  Pope: St. Joseph a model for pastors Pope Francis on Thursday received the student priests of Rome’s Belgian Pontifical College and reflected on the fatherhood of St. Joseph that a genuine pastor can emulate in caring for the flock entrusted to his care. By Robin Gomes Pope Francis is urging priests to learn the art of fatherhood from St. Joseph by being a shepherd who only seeks the good of the flock entrusted to them.  He made the exhortation on Thursday to a delegation from the Belgian Pontifical College, a hostel for priests from Belgium who study in Rome.  Receiving them on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the College, he recalled that Saint Pope John II had been a boarder there as a student priest from 1946 to 1948  Speaking to the priests on the eve of the feast of St. Joseph, in the Year dedicated to him, who is also the patron of the College, the Holy Father reflected on the Guardian of the Redeemer as a role model for pastors.  “It will do you good to place yourselves and your vocations under his mantle and to learn from him the art of fatherhood, which you...

St. Joseph: A Man for All Families – available until March 25th

Don’t forget that you can still catch the talks from A Man for All Families through March 25.  Watch Now In this Year of St. Joseph, get to know the man that God entrusted to be the father of his Son and entrust your own family to St. Joseph’s loving protection. On March 18, join us for a free virtual event: “A Man for All Families: A Vigil Event on the Solemnity of St. Joseph.” Featuring “Mary Through the Eyes of St. Joseph” by Scott Hahn “St. Joseph the Royal Worker” by John Bergsma “St. Joseph and His Angels” by Mike Aquilina Don’t forget that you can still catch the talks from A Man for All Families through March 25.  Watch...

Amoris laetitia and Saint Joseph – a special connection – Vatican News

Amoris laetitia and Saint Joseph – a special connection The “Amoris Laetitia Family” Year begins on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, during the Year dedicated to the Patron of the Universal Church, and five years after the publication of the Pope’s post-synodal Exhortation. These two important occasions demonstrate remarkable continuity. By Benedetta Capelli Saint Joseph and the family form a bond of tenderness that is immediately recognizable. Pope Francis described the Saint at Wednesday’s General Audience as a “just and wise man,” a beloved Father, welcoming yet in the shadows. He is a father of creative courage, as we read in Patris Corde, the Apostolic Letter with which the Pope proclaimed the Year of St. Joseph on 8 December 2020. The year overlaps with that of Amoris Laetitia Family, which begins on Friday, the solemnity of Mary’s husband, five years after the publication of Amoris laetitia. Pope Francis, in another important association, signed the Apostolic Exhortation on 19 March 2016 during the Jubilee of Mercy and under the protection of St. Joseph. In the conclusion of Amoris laetitia, the many threads of this fabric, woven of love for the Church and her children, are reconnected. A Prayer to the Holy Family Jesus, Mary...

Joyous Solemnity of St. Joseph!!

Litany of Saint Joseph During the Year of Saint Joseph This litany is ordinarily enriched with a partial indulgence (Manual of Indulgences, conc. 22). During the Year of Saint Joseph, however—which lasts from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021—the use of the Litany of Saint Joseph has been included among other prayers to St. Joseph enriched with a plenary indulgence (see Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued Dec. 8, 2020, section E), which may be earned once a day subject to the usual conditions: sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Pope, and a total detachment to all sin, including venial sin. Lord, have mercy.Lord, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.Lord, have mercy.Lord, have mercy.  God our Father in heaven,have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of the world,have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit,have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God,have mercy on us.Holy Mary,pray for us.Saint Joseph,pray for us.Noble son of the House of David,pray for us.Light of patriarchs,pray for us.Husband of the Mother of God,pray for us.Guardian of the Virgin,pray for us.Foster father of the Son of God,pray for us.Faithful guardian of Christ,pray for us.Head of the Holy Family,pray for us.Joseph, chaste and just,pray for...

Day 9 of a Salesian Novena to St. Joseph

Get to Know St. Joseph In this Year of St. Joseph, get to know the man that God entrusted to be the father of his Son and entrust your own family to St. Joseph’s loving protection. On March 18, join us for a free virtual event: “A Man for All Families: A Vigil Event on the Solemnity of St. Joseph.”Featuring“Mary Through the Eyes of St. Joseph” by Scott Hahn”St. Joseph the Royal Worker” by John Bergsma“St. Joseph and His Angels” by Mike Aquilina Sign up now for free and be notified when the event begins! Sign Up Now DOWNLOAD HERE A FULL NINE-DAY SALESIAN NOVENA TO ST....