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The Silent Saint – A Tribute to Saint Joseph

19 March 2017

Editor’s Note: Originally published on March 19, 2010, the first day of publication of AlwaysCatholic.com. We are reprinting it for the  7th Anniversary of ACBlog. This is one of the most read pieces on the site and after you read it, you will know why.

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day from AlwaysCatholic

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The Silent Saint
by @AncientSoul

On March 19th, the anniversary of the debut of this blog, we remember St. Joseph. I think St. Joseph is one of the most forgotten of all Saints, yet … which of the other Saints were ever closer to our dear Lord? I have to stop and stand in awe of this faithful servant of God. Is he quoted in the Bible frequently? No. Does he have the fanfare and notoriety that many other Saints have? Not so much.

Let’s stop a moment and really consider his role in redemption. One can hardly focus on St. Joseph without first looking at our Blessed Mother. Here we find a young girl not barely ‘sweet sixteen’ who is told something quite unbelievable to the average person, namely that she would conceive the Son of God in a miraculous way and remain a virgin. We all know this, but I think often many take it for granted that the times in which she lived were precarious at best. An unmarried woman that found herself pregnant would soon feel the biting sting of stones tearing and bruising her flesh and breaking her bones. Still, she trusted and accepted according to the Perfect Will of God without hesitation!

Then we have to look towards Joseph. An older man .. a widower who was to marry this young girl, yet what to do when he learns that she is with child? He knew full well what would be her fate if he publicly declared this. His kind and protective nature decided to just divorce her quietly and not cause her undue pain and scandal. We all know that God sent the angel to him in a dream to explain the situation and Joseph, trusting God as Mary did, believed and took her for his wife.

I would imagine they were both a little nervous about it all … wondering how this could be .. what would happen next … how would it all turn out?? I can only imagine the prayerful lives of faith that they led allowing them to trust to that extent and rely on God for the very next step all along the way. We all know the stories from our childhood, but have we ever stopped to really think what it all must have been like? Fleeing into Egypt .. fleeing from Herod … losing Jesus as a young Boy and finding Him in the Temple amidst the elders, questioning and being questioned. St. Joseph taught the God-Man his carpentry trade. He and Mary played with Him, watched Him grow, comforted Him when He fell and taught Him how to pray!

So little is written of St. Joseph in Scripture .. neither Joseph or Mary together, have very many words recorded. But are there any more significant people in Scripture than the Mother and Foster-Father of the Christ Child? They don’t say much, but they sure lead by example! St. Joseph was a faithful servant while on earth, chosen by the Holy Trinity to be a wonderful Foster-Father to Jesus and a faithful and protective virginal husband to Mary.
As the head of the Holy Family, he is also the Patron of the Catholic Church. He is also the Patron Saint of families and workers as well. We need to call on him for his protection, guidance and support in all things.

One of St. Joseph’s most famous titles is Patron of a Happy Death. Why? How could death not be happy if one was to die in the arms of Jesus and Mary? We must never forget his suffering either. He truly is our Friend in Sufferings with all the fear, anxiety and panic he must have gone through in his diligent care of his beloved Family! Let us always turn to our foster father St. Joseph, asking him to present our petitions to our dear Lord and our Blessed Mother with the same tenderness and concern in which he protected them while on earth. Let our prayer be always to strive to embrace the perfect Will of God in all things with a joyful and trusting heart as St. Joseph shows us by his shining example.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph .. please pray for us!

Please click HERE for more Saint Joseph from Mary at BattleBeadsBlog!


What Does It Mean To Be “Always Catholic”? From the Archives for our 5th Anniversary

19 March 2015

I try not to go on Twitter, FB or post on Sundays. Once in awhile I schedule autoposts for each Social Media outlets for Sundays, so please don’t come back saying…Sofia, we see you on [Twitter, FB, blog] Sundays…??? Laughing, readers, just teasing you!

Given that, I didn’t go on yesterday. I just read Lisa Graas’ post early this afternoon (Mon 10/3) called “What Does It Mean To Be Always Catholic?”

I am so humbled by her post but I must respond to her kindness. I want to share this with you, my readers, because it is because of you and people like her that I have the strength to survive everyday trying to be “Always Catholic”.

monxstranceLisa Graas is one of those people who is “Always Catholic”. It is the lens which she looks through everyday as she lives for Christ. Those who have gone on the brutal attack on her recently, have actually done her a favor. She drew upon her Catholic Faith (the Faith to which she converted),her Catholic sisters and brothers on earth and in Heaven for the support to come back to the blogosphere even better than before. Lisa has come out of this stronger and more spiritual than ever. She is sharing with us the Passionist theology which so closely fits with my favorite…the Carmelite spirituality. If this is what God wanted her to do, she is doing it and with joy!

I guess those “Catholics” (several of them certainly not orthodox as I observed their opinions about Church teaching by their responses to Lisa) choose what they believe about being Catholic as if they were choosing what to put on their pizza this week.

I think that perhaps if we are to call ourselves Catholic bloggers then we have a moral duty to uphold Church teachings without giving in to the demon of self-importance. If you disagree with Church teaching, then do I daresay you are not living it and therefore no longer Catholic?

There are times when one may question a teaching, as many of the Saints did throughout Holy Mother Church’s history. That is when reason must meet faith as Saint Augustine says. Our reason is that gift of God given to us to freely choose to love Him or not to love Him. That is true free will. When we choose to love Him, it logically follows that we must be a part of His holy Church here on earth. When we question, it is to understad Truth, not to feel that we know better and that we can claim to be Catholic and hold beliefs directly in opposition to Church teaching.

The Pope recently spoke on fraternal correction and the importance of it to Christian life. The ridiculous notion that we cannot judge someone’s actions because we would be guilty of being judgemental is a ploy by imitation Christians and non-believers to stop this “fraternal correction” which is true Christian love.

If I stand by and never say a word to a friend who continues to defy God’s laws and Church teaching resulting in a life of sin then I would be guilty of the sin also. Fraternal correction would lead me to approach this person out of love for the salvation of their soul. I would tell them, I do not judge since I am a sinner also, but together let us pray that in OUR weaknesses we are strong together.

In the Catholic blogoshpere we come in many shapes and sizes, however; there is one thing we must be however, is truly Catholic, not just in name only…

I know, I used to be one of those “Catholics’ until Christ spoke through a priest in Confession to me. The priest told me why come to Confession if you refuse to honor the teachings of the Church completely? He did not absolve me. I left the confessional having nowhere to go.

Finally, after much prayer, many mistakes, and much hubris, I submitted in obedience. It freed me to do His Will and to honor the Church He left on earth. I fell in love with Christ and His Church because of becoming obedient… My happiness is not in my opinion about what is Truth. My joy is about being part of the Truth.

Today on the pre-1962 Traditional Calendar is the Feast of the Little Flower, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Ironic, isn’t it? She has been such a gift to us that when the calendar was redone she has two feast days, two days apart…one of the few like that on the calendar.

What was Saint Therese’s claim to fame, so to speak? She knew that becoming “little” was the answer. Her “Little Way” a spiritual giant of a work, was the foundation for her becoming a Doctor of the Church. Her “Little Way’ was that of offering small sacrifices throughout the day as prayer…well, I pray we all learn that “Little Way” so that as we deal with each other on the Catholic Blogosphere we become “Always Catholic” instead of “Cino’s”. A “CINO” you say?? Catholics in name only… Just sayin…

Now, from LisaGraas.com

“What Does It Mean To Be “Always Catholic”?

Posted on October 2, 2011 by LisaGraas

I said that I was back up on my horse, but I am in love with Jesus and can’t think about politics at the moment….so I will tell you about Sofia’s blog.

My friend Sofia Guerra is a lovely soul who ever encourages me. Sometimes when I read what she writes about me, I blush. I never thought much about the name of her blog: “Always Catholic“. In her sidebar she explains what this means.

One day while reading a colleague’s blog, I was moved by his “raison d’etre”The quote from Thomas Storck, [The Catholic Milieu] struck a resonant chord within me. I have forever reasoned that all we do in life must be“Always Catholic” and here, finally was the succinct explanation. Finally, because of that, AlwaysCatholicBlog came to be. Here’s the quote, enjoy the site!

“Our entire daily lives cannot be occupied with purely religious practices;all of us have to eat, and most of us have and want to do many other activities besides. So though we cannot always be religious in this sense, we can always be Catholic, that is, the round of our daily activities can be conducted in such a way as to express and be in harmony with our Faith. And [this] can involve more than avoiding sin and exercising virtue.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton said: “We must pray literally without ceasing—without ceasing—in every occurrence and employment of our lives . . . that prayer of the heart which is independent of place or situation, or which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.”

I’d like to share the rest of this beautiful post from my sister in Christ, Lisa Graas but this is all I have as ISIS hackers wiped out her posts some months back. This much however, is a beautiful tribute from a beautiful soul.
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You may find Lisa Graas at her Catholic blog, Lisa Graas, on Twitter @CatholicLisa and on Facebook here.


Please VOTE for @CatholicLisa for “Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter”

7 March 2013

Originally posted on 21 February 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra

My sweet sister in Christ, Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa on Twitter) has been nominated for the “Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter” a part of the2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards.

The remarkable thing about being nominated for this award is that:

  • It is an award that definitely earns street cred.
  • It is an award that attracts a gazillion responses, so being picked as one of the FIVE finalists is heavy duty.
  • It is an award that Lisa deserves, hands down.

There are some days when I am not charitable or not humble. I can guarantee that when I check in on Twitter, I find that Lisa has posted a tweet which speaks directly to me even though my name isn’t on it.

Lisa “gets it” as I have always said. She understands what it means to truly be “Always Catholic” even when she is being attacked and bullied on social media. She never gives up defending our Faith and Jesus, no matter what.

This is a post I wanted to write during Christmas week after watching Lisa being verbally abused and attacked on FB. I had the flu at the time and put off writing it until I felt better. One thing led to another and the original draft just sat in the hopper.

I would look at it over frequently and  knew that it had to be written but something  told me the time wasn’t quite right, or so I thought. Then, of course, the shattering announcement of the resignation of Our Holy Father distracted me from a piece I know I should have already written.

I have watched Lisa defend it all, including so many other Catholics whom have been attacked and bullied on social media. So many times…

The incident days before Christmas on FB was particularly disturbing when both “Catholics” and “Christians” kept using their tongues as swords simply because Lisa would not financially support a protestant church. Lisa knew it was wrong to do so and stuck by her conviction. ( I agree, by the way. the teaching on this is clear)

Lisa was attacked by “Catholics” who knew so little about our Faith it was scary. It then went to incorrect theological attacks against Catholicism by the non-Catholic Christians participating. She was there alone, answering her attackers with short, charitable responses that WERE definitely Truth and Church Teaching. Shortly before I jumped in the fray, there were a couple of true Catholics that supported her. They also showed charity towards the offenders. I, however, did not.

I jumped in as to be her defender against the bullies. I grew up as a kid defending helpless kids from bullies and left many with a black eye. (My ladylike Mom to this day shakes her head at this fact) I felt someone had to do it. I thought I had to do the same in this situation.

I wasn’t kind. I was sarcastic, and if we all were in a room they would have been recipients of a loud “dress down” from a hot Italian temper. Lisa calmed ME down by telling me it was alright and that I needed to rest because the flu needed me to rest. As usual, I was obedient to her. Why? Lisa always knows how to show and teach me charity and humility. Always.

I didn’t need to defend her in that manner. She was doing a perfect job on her own. She had Jesus right next to her. I could have just done the same. I should have been patient, kind, humble and just speak the Truth. I was doing to her attackers what was being done to her.

I get it now, I truly do.

Please vote for Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa) by clicking HERE. The Holy Father (@Pontifex) is, of course, running away with the contest but know this: if he knew Lisa like I know Lisa he would vote for her and ask you to vote for her.

I’m not kidding…

God love you,

Sofia

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About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards
posted by Lisa Graas
at her blog, “Catholic Bandita
19 February 2013 Anno Domini

I am honored to be a finalist in the 2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards in the “Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter” category. Vote for me HERE or by clicking the image above. Thanks to all of you who voted for me already, to give me finalist status. I hope you will do so again for the finals.

For information on my thoughts about Twitter, read The Shorty Interview with Lisa Graas, embedded below for your convenience.

NOTE: Voting in the Shorty Awards ended yesterday. Please do not confuse the About.com awards with the Shorty Awards. I am posting the Shorty interview here FYI. To actually vote for me, vote on the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter page.

The Shorty Interview with Lisa Graas

What’s your best tweet?

With over 170,000 tweets already, it is too difficult to narrow this down to just one.

What are six things you could never do without?

The only things I could never do without are actually not things, but Persons – † Father, Son, Holy Spirit. †

Well, what can I say? Now you understand why I want everyone to vote for her. Please go to her blog now to read the rest of her Shorty Interview. Thank you! Click HERE for the rest of the post.


Farewell to the Servant of the Servants of God – #ThanksPontifex

27 February 2013

 

 

BENEDICT XVI

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 Anno Domini

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I offer a warm and affectionate greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who have joined me for this, my last General Audience. Like Saint Paul, whose words we heard earlier, my heart is filled with thanksgiving to God who ever watches over his Church and her growth in faith and love, and I embrace all of you with joy and gratitude.

During this Year of Faith, we have been called to renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence in our lives and in the life of the Church. I am personally grateful for his unfailing love and guidance in the eight years since I accepted his call to serve as the Successor of Peter. I am also deeply grateful for the understanding, support and prayers of so many of you, not only here in Rome, but also throughout the world.

The decision I have made, after much prayer, is the fruit of a serene trust in God’s will and a deep love of Christ’s Church. I will continue to accompany the Church with my prayers, and I ask each of you to pray for me and for the new Pope. In union with Mary and all the saints, let us entrust ourselves in faith and hope to God, who continues to watch over our lives and to guide the journey of the Church and our world along the paths of history.

I commend all of you, with great affection, to his loving care, asking him to strengthen you in the hope which opens our hearts to the fullness of life that he alone can give. To you and your families, I impart my blessing. Thank you!

Benedict XVI


The Kids are Running the Show… ツ

27 August 2012

August 27, 2012

Our posting here at AC has been a little light lately and here’s the reason…

First, I am feeling so healthy and working behind the scenes on some improvements to AlwaysCatholic. Yes, we have quite a bit of housekeeping on the site. Organizing files, etc. etc. Most importantly setting up a group of volunteers and interns to help run this thing properly.

When I first brought up the idea of this blog to my sister, Mary and to my long-time friend, David both knew I was biting off a big chunk. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The best thing about doing it big to start is that you have alot to work with. It’s like growing your hair out so the stylist has tons of hair to be able to make it workable.

My friend David warned me that I was taking on a large commitment with a site, as opposed to a blog and he was correct. However, I have learned through the help of great mentors, Creative Minority Report, Battle Beads Blog and Man with Black Hat that it can be done well with a little help from my friends.

So, taking advice from some of the best, Always Catholic in the next few months will be getting tuned-up. That will be the start of some exciting which I know all of you will appreciate.

Until then, bear with us as we make our way up the ladder on our “home improvements”. No hints, just visit the site, follow us on Twitter and FB as we work hard to be more enjoyable to read and much more consistent with our output.

Starting this week I am on a working retreat. Prayer, rest and working on Always Catholic. I will be behind the scenes as Jenny, Emma and Sarah get their chance to show me what they can do. I ask you to visit as often as you are able to support the girls as they become “Deputy Editors” for the next 2 weeks.

I will be giving final approval on anything posted and can be reached only by email: AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com. Twitter and FB posting will be done also by the girls as well as some automated posts by Gremln.

I am physically doing well, getting stronger by the day, so I do not want to mess it up this time. I am learning that every great manager needs even greater co-workers and trust me they are!

So, with that said, I ask your prayers for my retreat (both the praying and the working parts) and I welcome any suggestions you might have to help make us better. Please use the above email to send me what you would like to see on ACBlog…It might just happen.

Just sayin’…

God love you and see you soon!

Sofia


@GovWalker “I’m from Jersey, but Wisconsin is my home…”

5 June 2012

As we speak, it is official that my Governor, Scott Walker has beaten the Progressive movement, organized Labor and their agenda here in Wisconsin. Deo Gratias!

June 5, 2012
Posted by Sofia

Dear Friends and Readers of AlwaysCatholic.com,

First, let me thank all of you who have been praying on my behalf. This last bout with Heart Failure has been the scariest. I am almost ten years past the prognosis of my demise.

I know I am still here because Our Lord has something for me to do, because your prayers storm Heaven everyday and to be honest, I am stubborn.

My recovery this time has taken much longer and this has been the reason for my absence from the blog since Easter. My interns, particularly Emma has kept the blog’s heartbeat alive and Mary, (@AncientSoul on Twitter) has kept our FB AlwaysCatholic fanpage updated daily with her profound posts from her BattleBeads Blog. There aren’t enough words to thank them for this support. I am so grateful for them.

Thank you to @FatherZ,@AncientSoul,@CatholicLisa,(Lisa Graas) @Sr_Lisa and so many more for their patience and their unending prayers, without which I could not come back to blogging.

I am not out of the woods yet but I will be at appointments for my condition Weds, Thurs and Fri of this week with a decision on Fri when I can return to the blog. Please continue to keep me in your prayers so I may be back this weekend.

I am writing a post tonight because today I officially made Wisconsin my home. I moved here last year but spent the better part of the year ill and battling back. This week I knew that sick or not I had to stand for courage during this battle here in Wisconsin for our liberty and freedom.

I managed to pull myself together enough to venture to DMV for my Wisconsin Drivers license and to register to vote and to cast my vote for a man of courage, Governor Scott Walker. In addition, a woman of conviction and courage, Rebecca Kleefisch, our Lt. Governor has battled horrific personal attacks to stand tall for us ‘Sconnies.

I have been welcomed here as if I was born on a dairy farm and never left the state. The people of Wisconsin (99% of them) are faith-filled, bright, hardworking, ethical, sane people who pride themselves on common sense and their kind and generous natures. I have found a home.

Wisconsin also has a very strong Catholic identity which ACBlog will be covering in the near future. AS a resident of Madison, (the center of the firestorm) I am privileged and honored to have Bishop Robert Morlino as my bishop. He is THE GREATEST BISHOP in the United States.

Please know this…it is NOT a coincidence that the only approved apparition site (equal to Fatima, Lourdes, etc.) is just outside Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Congratulations Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch, you have now won the Backbone Award for courage.

Enough said…See you soon.

God Love you,

Sofia


Novena to Saint Joseph – our Patron at AlwaysCatholic.com – Day Nine

18 March 2012

On March 19th the Roman Catholic Church honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On March 9, 2012 we started a Novena in Thanksgiving to Saint Joseph for the second Anniversary of Always Catholic Blog.The Novena will conclude on the 18th of March the day before our big celebration.
We ask you to join us in this Novena including your own private intentions when praying the Novena. We do ask, for you to remember us to Saint Joseph for our work here at AlwaysCatholicBlog.
Please join us on March 19th starting at 6pm EST through midnight for the celebration of our Second Anniversary. Check back everyday to pray the Novena and for our posts on the upcoming Blogaversary celebration! HINT! Prizes…Writing contest & lots of tunes and yuks on Twitter! (Italians have ALWAYS been allowed a party on Saint Joseph’s Day during Lent…)

Sancta Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!

O good Saint Joseph, help us to be like you,
gentle to those whose weakness leans on us;
help us to give to those who seek our aid,
succor that they may journey unafraid.
Give us your faith,
that we may see the right shining above the victories of might.
Give us your hope that we may stand secure,
untouched by doubting, steadfast to endure.
Give us your love that as the years increase
an understanding heart may bring us peace.
Give us your purity that the hour of death
finds us untouched by evil’s breath.
Give us your love of labor
that we shirk no lot in life that calls us for honest work.
Give us your love of poverty so that we live contented,
let wealth come or go.
Give us your courage that we may be strong;
give us your meekness to confess our sins.
Give us your patience that we may possess the kingdom
of our souls without distress.
Help us, dear Saint,
to live that when life ends
we pass with you to Jesus and His friends.

O Glorious Saint Joseph,
hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. (State your petition here)

Amen.

Source: CatholicDoors.com


Novena to Saint Joseph – our Patron at AlwaysCatholic.com – Day Six

14 March 2012

On March 19th the Roman Catholic Church honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On March 9, 2012 we started a Novena in Thanksgiving to Saint Joseph for the second Anniversary of Always Catholic Blog.The Novena will conclude on the 18th of March the day before our big celebration.
We ask you to join us in this Novena including your own private intentions when praying the Novena. We do ask, for you to remember us to Saint Joseph for our work here at AlwaysCatholicBlog.
Please join us on March 19th starting at 6pm EST through midnight for the celebration of our Second Anniversary. Check back everyday to pray the Novena and for our posts on the upcoming Blogaversary celebration! HINT! Prizes…Writing contest & lots of tunes and yuks on Twitter! (Italians have ALWAYS been allowed a party on Saint Joseph’s Day during Lent…)

Sancta Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!


Novena

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necesary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (mention your request here).

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mother, pray for us.

Thank you to Catholic Life Blog


Novena to Saint Joseph – our Patron at AlwaysCatholic.com – Day Five

13 March 2012

On March 19th the Roman Catholic Church honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On March 9, 2012 we started a Novena in Thanksgiving to Saint Joseph for the second Anniversary of Always Catholic Blog.The Novena will conclude on the 18th of March the day before our big celebration.
We ask you to join us in this Novena including your own private intentions when praying the Novena. We do ask, for you to remember us to Saint Joseph for our work here at AlwaysCatholicBlog.
Please join us on March 19th starting at 6pm EST through midnight for the celebration of our Second Anniversary. Check back everyday to pray the Novena and for our posts on the upcoming Blogaversary celebration! HINT! Prizes…Writing contest & lots of tunes and yuks on Twitter! (Italians have ALWAYS been allowed a party on Saint Joseph’s Day during Lent…)

Sancta Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!


Novena

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necesary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (mention your request here).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mother, pray for us.

Thank you to Catholic Life Blog


Novena to Saint Joseph – our Patron at AlwaysCatholic.com – Day Four

12 March 2012

On March 19th the Roman Catholic church honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On March 9, 2012 we started a Novena in Thanksgiving to Saint Joseph for the second Anniversary of Always Catholic Blog.The Novena will conclude on the 18th of March the day before our big celebration.

We ask you to join us in this Novena including your own private intentions when praying the Novena. We do ask, for you to remember us to Saint Joseph for our work here at AlwaysCatholicBlog.

Please join us on March 19th starting at 6pm EST through midnight for the celebration of our Second Anniversary. Check back everyday to pray the Novena and for our posts on the upcoming Blogaversary celebration! HINT! Prizes…Writing contest & lots of tunes and yuks on Twitter! (Italians have ALWAYS been allowed a party on Saint Joseph’s Day during Lent…)

Sancta Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necesary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (mention your request here).Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mother, pray for us.

Thank you to Catholic Life Blog


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