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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!

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Ash Wednesday Missa ‘Misereris Omnium’ Mass: Videos & Propers

4 March 2014

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Purple

1st Class Feria

[STATION AT ST. SABINA]


Blessing of the Ashes

Before the Mass, the ashes obtained by burning the branches of olive and other trees blessed the preceding year, are now blessed. When None has been said in choir, the priest, vested in alb, stole, and purple cope, stands at the epistle corner of the altar, on which is placed a vessel containing the ashes to be blessed. The choir sings the following antiphon:

ANTIPHON ¤ Ps. 68.17
Exaudi nos, Domine, quoniam benigna est misericordia tua: et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum repice nos, Domine. — Salvum me fac, Deus: quoniam intraverunt aquae usque ad animam meam. V.: Gloria Patri . . . — Exaudi nos, Domine . . . Hear us, O Lord, for Thy mercy is kind: look upon us, O Lord, according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies. — (Ps. 68. 2). Save me, O God: for the waters are come in even unto my soul. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . — Hear us, O Lord, for Thy mercy is kind . . .

Afterwards the priest, standing at the epistle side, without turning towards the people, with his hands joined, says:
V.: Dominus vobiscum. V.: The Lord be with you.
R.: Et cum spiritu tuo. R.: And with thy spirit.

Oremus. — Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, parce paenitentibus, propitiare supplicantibus, et mittere digneris sanctum Angelum tuum de caelis, qui bene†dicat, et sancti†ficet hos cineres, ut sint remedium salubre omnibus nomen sanctum tuum humiliter implorantibus, ac semetipsos pro conscientia delictorum suorum accusantibus, ante conspectum divinae clementiae tuae facinora sua deplorantibus, vel serenissimam pietatem tuam suppliciter, obnixeque flagitantibus: et praesta per invocationem sanctissimi nominis tui; ut quicumque per eos aspersi fuerint, pro redemptione peccatorum suorum, corporis sanitatem, et animae tutelam percipiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R.: Amen. Let us pray. — O almighty and everlasting God, spare those who are penitent, be merciful to those who implore Thee; and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven, to bless † and hal†low these ashes, that they may be a wholesome remedy to all who humbly implore Thy holy Name, and who accuse themselves, conscious of their sins, deploring their crimes before Thy divine mercy, or humbly and earnestly beseeching Thy sovereign goodness: and grant through the invocation of Thy most holy Name that whosoever shall be sprinkled with them for the remission of their sins may receive both health of body and safety of soul. Through Christ our Lord.
R.: Amen.

Oremus. — Deus, qui non mortem, sed paenitentiam desideras peccatorum: fragilitatem conditionis humanae benignissime respice; et hos cineres, quos causa proferendae humilitatis, atque promerendae veniae, capitibus nostris imponi decernimus, bene†dicere pro tua pietate dignare: ut, qui nos cinerem esse, et ob pravitatis nostrae demeritum in pulverem reversuros cognoscimus; peccatorum omnium veniam, et praemia paenitentibus repromissa, misericorditer consequi mereamur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R.: Amen. Let us pray. — O God, who desirest not the death, but the repentance of sinners, look down most graciously upon the frailty of human nature; and in Thy goodness vouchsafe to bless † these ashes which we purpose to put opon our heads in token of our lowliness and to obtain forgiveness: so that we who know that we are but ashes, and for the demerits of our wickedness are to return to dust, may deserve to obtain of Thy mercy, the pardon of all our sins, and the rewards promised to the penitent. Through Christ our Lord.
R.: Amen.

Oremus. — Deus, qui humiliatione flecteris, et satisfactione placaris: aurem tuae pietatis inclina precibus nostris; et capitibus servorum tuorum, horum cinerum aspersione contactis, effunde propitius gratiam tuae benedictionis: ut eos et spiritu compunctionis repleas, et quae iuste postulaverint, efficaciter tribuas; et concessa perpetuo stabilita, et intacta manere decernas. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R.: Amen. Let us pray. — O God, who art moved by humiliation, and appeased by satisfaction: incline the ear of Thy goodness to our prayers and mercifully pour forth upon the heads of Thy servants sprinkled with these ashes the grace of Thy blessing: that Thou mayest both fill them with the spirit of compunction, and effectually grant what they have justly prayed for: and ordain that what Thou hast granted may be permanently established and remain unchanged. Through Christ our Lord.
R.: Amen.

Oremus. — Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui Ninivitis in cinere et cilicio paenitentibus, indulgentiae tuae remedia praestitisti: concede propitius; ut sic eos imitemur habitu, quatenus veniae prosequamur obtentu. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R.: Amen. Let us pray. — O almighty and everlasting God, who didst vouchsafe Thy healing pardon to the Ninivites doing penance in sackcloth and ashes, mercifully grant that we may so imitate them in our outward attitude as to follow them in obtaining forgiveness. Through Christ our Lord .. .
R.: Amen.

The priest then sprinkles the ashes thrice with holy water, singing the anthem Asperges me . . . and incenses them thrice. After which, having first received the ashes on his own head, from the highest in dignity of the clergy, he proceeds to place them, in the form of across, on the heads or foreheads of the clergy and people, saying to each:
Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris. (Gen. 3. 19) Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.

Meanwhile the choir sings the following anthems and responses:
ANTIPHON ¤ Joel 2. 13
Immutemur habitu, in cinere et cilicio: ieiunemus, et ploremus ante Dominum: quia multum misericors est dimittere peccata nostra Deus noster. Let us change our garments for ashes and sackcloth: let us fast and lament before the Lord: for plenteous in mercy is our God to forgive our sins.

ANOTHER ANTIPHON ¤ Joel 2. 17
Inter vestibulum et altare plorabunt sacerdotes ministri Domini, et dicent: Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo: et ne claudas ora canentium te, Domine. Between the porch and the altar, the priests, the Lord’s ministers, shall weep and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare Thy People: and close not the mouths of them that sing to Thee, O Lord.

RESPONSE ¤ Esther 13; Joel 2
R.: Emendemus in melius, quae ignoranter peccavimus: ne subito praeoccupati die mortis, quaeramus spatium poenitentiae, et invenire non possimus. * Attende, Domine, et miserere: quia peccavimus tibi. R.: Let us amend for the better in those things in which we have sinned through ignorance; lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death, we seek space for repentance and are not able to find it. * Attend, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against Thee.
V.: Adiuva nos, Deus salutaris noster: et propter honorem nominis tui, Domine, libera nos. * Attende, Domine. V.: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. * Attende . . . V.: (Ps. 78. 9). Help us, O God, our savior: and for the glory of Thy Name, O Lord, deliver us. * Attend, O Lord . . . V.: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. * Attend . . .

When all have received the ashes, the priest says:
V.: Dominus vobiscum. V.: The Lord be with you.
R.: Et cum spiritu tuo. R.: And with thy spirit.

Oremus. — Concede nobis, Domine, praesidia militiae christianae sanctis inchoare ieiuniis: ut contra spiritales nequitias pugnaturi continentiae muniamur auxiliis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R.: Amen. Let us pray. — Grant us, O Lord, to begin with holy fasts the campaign of our Christian warfare: that, as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial. Through Christ our Lord.
R.: Amen.

Holy Mass

INTROIT ¤ Wisdom 11. 24, 25, 27
Misereris omnium, Domine, et nihil odisti eorum quae fecisti, dissimulans peccata hominum propter poenitentiam et parcens illis: quia tu es Dominus Deus noster. — Miserere mei, Deus, miserere mei: quoniam inte confidit anima mea. V.: Gloria Patri . . . — Misereris omnium, Domine . . . Thou hast mercy upon all, O Lord, and hatest none of the things which Thou hast made, overlooking the sins of men for the sake of repentance, and sparing them: because Thou art the Lord our God. — (Ps. 56. 2). Have mery on me, O God, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth in Thee. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . — Thou hast mercy upon all, O Lord . . .
The Gloria in Excelsis is not said until Maundy Thursday.

COLLECT
Praesta Domine fidelibus tuis: ut ieiuniorum veneranda solemnia, et congrua pietate suscipiant, et secura devotione percurrant. Per Dominum . . . Grant, O Lord, to Thy faithful people, that they may undertake with fitting piety the venerable solemnities of fasting, and complete them with steadfast devotion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .

EPISTLE ¤ Joel 2. 12-19
Lesson from the Prophet Joel.
Lectio Ioelis Prophetae.
[Almighty God is rich in mercy and clemency to those who are converted to Him in fasting, in weeping and in mourning.]
Haec dicit Dominus: Convertimini ad me in toto corde vestro, in ieiunio, et in fletu, et in planctu. Et scindite corda vestra, et non vestimenta vestra, et convertimini ad Dominum Deum vestrum: quia benignus et misericors est, patiens, et multae misericordiae, et praestabilis super malitia. Quis scit, si convertatur, et ignoscat, et relinquat post se benedictionem, sacrificiam, et libamen Domino Deo vestro? Canite tuba in Sion, sanctificate ieiunium, vocate coetum, congregate populum, sanctificate Ecclesiam, coadunate senes, congregate parvulos, et sugentes ubera: egrediatur sponsus de cubili suo, et sponsa de thalamo suo. Inter vestibulum et altare plorabunt sacerdotes ministri Domini, et dicent: Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo: et ne des haereditatem tuam in opprobrium, ut dominentur eis nationes. Quare dicunt in populis: Ubi est Deus eorum? Zelatus est Dominus terram suam, et pepercit populo suo. Et respondit Dominus, et dixit populo suo: Ecce ego mittam vobis frumentum, et vinum, et oleum, et replebimini eis: et non dabo vos ultra opprobrium in gentibus: dicit Dominus omnipotens. Thus saith the Lord: Be converted to Me with all your heart, in fasting and in weeping and in mourning. And rend your heats and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but He will return and forgive and leave a blessing behind Him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather together the people, sanctify the Church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed and the bride out of her bride chamber. Between the porch and the altar the priests, the Lord’s ministers, shall weep and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare Thy people; and give not Thine inheritance to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them. Why should they say among the nations: Where is their God? The Lord hath been zealous for His land, and hath spared His people. And the Lord answered and said to His people: behold I will send you corn and wine and oil, and you shall be filled with them: and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations: saith the Lord almighty.

GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 56. 2, 4
Miserere mei, Deus, miserere mei: quoniam in te confidit anima mea. V.: Misit de coelo, et liberavit me: dedit in opprobrium conculcantes me. Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth in Thee. V.: He hath sent from heaven and delivered me: He hath made them a reproach that trod upon me.

TRACT ¤ Ps. 102, 10
Domine, non secundum peccata nostra, quae fecimus nos: neque secundum iniquitates nostras retribuas nobis. V.: Domine, ne memineris iniquitatum nostrarum antiquarum, cito anticipent nos misericordiae tuae: quia pauperes facti sumus nimis. O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed, nor according to our iniquities. V.: (Ps. 78. 8, 9) O Lord, remember not our former iniquities, let Thy mercies speedily prevent us: for we are become exceeding poor.
V.: Adiuva nos, Deus salutaris noster: et propter gloriam nominis tui, Domine, libera nos: et propitius esto peccatis nostris, propter nomen tuum. [Here kneel.]
V.: Help us, O God, our Savior: and for the glory of Thy Name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for Thy Name’s sake1

GOSPEL ¤ Matth. 6. 16-21
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
† Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum.
[It is not our garments that we shuld rend as a sign of sorrow, as the Pharisees did, but rather our hearts, for it is not to men that we should appear to fast, but to our Father, who sees into the secret place of our souls, and who will repay us.]
In illo tempore: Dixit Iesus discipulis suis: Cum ieiunatis, nolite fieri sicut hypocritae, tristes. Exterminant enim facies suas, ut appareant hominibus ieiunantes. Amen dico vobis, quia receperunt mercedem suam. Tu autem, cum ieiunas, unge caput tuum, et faciem tuam lava, ne videaris hominibus ieiunans, sed Patri tuo, qui est in abscondito: et Pater tuus, qui videt in abscondito, reddet tibi. Nolite thesaurizare vobis thesauros in erra: ubi aerugo, et tinea demolitur: et ubi fures effodiunt, et furantur. Thesaurizate autem vobis thesauros in caelo: ubi neque aurugo, neque tinea demolitur; et ubi fures non effodiunt, nec furantur. Ubi enim est thesaurus tuus, ibi est et cor tuum. At that time Jesus said to His disciples: When you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their face, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head and wash thy face, that thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay Thee. Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.

OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 29. 2, 3
Exaltabo te, Domine, quoniam suscepisti me, nec delectasti inimicos meos super me: Domine, clamavi ad te, et sanasti me. I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me, and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me: O Lord, I have cried to Thee, and Thou hast healed me.

SECRET
Fac nos, quaesumus Domine, his muneribus offerendis convenienter aptari: quibus ipsius venerabilis sacramenti celebramus exordium. Per Dominum . . . Fit us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to offer worthily these gifts, by which we celebrate the opening of this venerable Mystery. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .

PREFACE
Preface for Lent
Vere dignum et iustum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus. Qui corporali ieiunio vitia comprimis, mentem elevas, virtutem largiris et praemia: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem maiestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates. Coeli, coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim, socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti iubeas deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes: It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:

COMMUNION ¤ Ps. 77. 29, 30
Qui meditabitur in lege Domini die ad nocte, davit fructum suum in tempore suo. He that shall meditate day and night on the law of the Lord, shall bring forth his fruit in due season.

POSTCOMMUNION
Percepta nobis, Domine, praebeant sacramenta subsidium: ut tibi grata sint nostra ieiunia, et nobis proficiant ad medelam. Per Dominum . . . May the Sacraments we have received afford us help, O Lord, that our fasts may be pleasing unto Thee, and profitable unto us for healing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .

PRAYER OVER THE PEOPLE
Oremus. Humiliate capita vestra Deo. — Inclinantes se, Domine, maiestati tuae, propitiatus intende: ut qui divino munere sunt refecti, caelestibus semper nutriantur auxiliis. Per Dominum . . . Let us pray. Bow down your heads before God. — Look graciously, O Lord, upon us who bow down before Thy majesty: that we who have been refreshed by Thy divine Gift may ever be sustained by Thy heavenly aids. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .

Indulgence of 500 days. — Plenary, under the usual conditions, if this invocation is daily recited during a month.


From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary…

6 May 2013

6 May 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Blogger Ben Yanke “From the Extraordinary to the Ordinary-Ruminations of a Young Wisconsinite Catholic” has done a comprehensive review of the new Handmissal for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Ben has allowed us to publish it here at AlwaysCatholic since we are big on the Latin Mass. I am hoping to get one for my birthday, so if you will please email Sofia to tell her it’s what I would like for my birthday in July!

 

My Thorough Review: Saint Edmund Campion Extraordinary Form Missal and Hymnal

by Ben Yanke at his blog, “From the Extraordinary to the Ordinary-Ruminations of a Young Wisconsinite Catholic”

All photos courtesy Corpus Christi Watershed. As usual, all images can be enlarged by clicking.
For more information, or to order the missal, visit: www.ccwatershed.org/Campion

Overview

Simply put, the Saint Edmund Campion Missal and Hymnal from Corpus Christi Watershed is a brilliant new Sunday/Feast day hand-missal for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It is skillfully edited, and without exaggeration, it is one of the most beautiful modern books I have seen or used. It is a full missal and hymnal, containing not only the Sunday propers and readings in both Latin and English, but also the complete Kyriale, six versions of the Credo, nearly 20 pages of congregational chants for use throughout the year, over 150 pages of orthodox, traditional congregational hymns, various prayers for private prayer before, during and after Mass, and for other sacraments and rites in the Extraordinary Form (such as marriage, confirmation, benediction and funerals). Most importantly, it starts at $23 for a single copy! Very affordable.

First Impressions

As I took it out of its shipping box, I was struck by the simple, subtly decorated, yet very dignified cover, with the slight star design in the background. With a striking image of the Agnus Dei, surrounded by ornamental borders, this cover is sure to draw your attention to the beauty of the liturgy before the Mass even begins or you open the missal. The binding and hard-cover is that of a hymnal, allowing this book to be used by both individuals and by parishes wishing to place it in the pew rack alongside or in place of their other hymnal.

Artwork

The artwork scattered throughout the pages of the missal is just as beautiful. It is typeset in such a way that it does not feel at all cramped, but at the same time, much of the free space is used for art, in a very tasteful manner. All of the line art has been newly digitized, making it look crisp and clear rather than scanned or faded.

Pleaase continue to Ben’s Blog by clicking HERE for the rest of this post…It’s AWESOME!

Ben is a Catholic homeschooled senior in Highschool and loving it, loves his big family, but most of all, HE’S CATHOLIC!

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary was started as a place to post my thoughts on things I enjoy and care about, anything from the ordinary and mundane things of everyday life to the extraordinary exciting things. Some of my passions include cross country running, sacred music, the liturgy, web design, video production and media production, particularly radio.


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

11 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


“Reparation” via LisaGraas.com => A must read!

3 September 2011

by Lisa Graas

My friend Stacy is being subjected to all manner of insults for writing her thoughts about homosexual public displays of affection and not being able to take her children to the park because of them. Within the first day, she received over 30,000 hits from an atheist website.

Please go directly to Lisa’s site for the rest of this post… click here, please!

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About Lisa Graas
Lisa Graas is a single mom of four who has served as a legislative consultant for Kentucky Right to Life and as a crisis pregnancy counselor for the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Opportunities for Life ministry. Lisa is also a contributor at The American Catholic and Wise Republic.

Novena to end on Fulton Sheen’s Birthday May 8th

29 April 2011

Here at AlwaysCatholic.com we always end Editorial comments and personal messages from Sofia with the exhortation, “God Love you!”

This was the phrase which was used by the holy, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen whenever he met with people on the streets of NYC or from the studios of his TV show, “Life is Worth Living”. His Eminence never worried about whether the person was a Catholic, a Christian or even an atheist. He knew that God loves us whether we believe it or not and wanted to share that with all whom he came into contact.

Those who volunteer their time here at AlwaysCatholic have started a small prayer campaign following the lead of our dear friend @lamblock on Twitter for the beatification and canonization of Archbishop Sheen by praying for Sofia in his name. Many friends on twitter and the blog have joined in. We firmly believe that his intercession has contributed to the healing of our sister in Christ.

With that being said and much more to be written on this topic, we would like to post this Novena that is beginning April 30 ending on May 8th. The following post is from the site: Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Servant of All


Novena in honor of Archbishop Fulton J Sheen – Day One – April 30th

“In each child, God whispers a new secret to the world; adds a new dimension of immortality to creation” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

God whispered a wonderful love story to the world through Fulton J. Sheen so let us whisper prayers back to Him. This is a 9 day novena with the prayer for canonization at the bottom of this page.  As all of us are “Treasures in Clay” the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation invites you to join us in a journey reflecting upon the wonderful life of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen through a novena beginning on April 30th and ending on May 8th, Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s birthday. Please join us in praying for the cause of his canonization while reflecting upon his life. After each quote and prayer we will pray the Prayer for his Canonization, The Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory be to the Father. May this journey bring you closer to God through the Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

DAY 1 “How God will judge my life I know not, but I trust he will see me with mercy and compassion. I am only certain there will be three surprises in Heaven. First of all, I will see some people whom I never expected to see. Second, there will be a number whom I expect who will not be there. And – even relying on God’s mercy – the biggest surprise of all may be that I will be there. When the record of any human life is set down, there are three pairs of eyes who see it in a different light. 1. As I see it. 2. As others see it. 3. As God sees it.“ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord help us to focus on You as Fulton Sheen did so that we may be humble when looking upon ourselves, so that others will see You when they look upon us, and so we can see our lives as You see it.

Prayer of Canonization, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

PRAYER FOR CANONIZATION:

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people. If it be according to Your Will, for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

For the rest of the Novena click here…


Sofia's Review of "TheCatholicViewforWomen" on EWTN: It's a Rave! BUT…

12 March 2011

Just when I think that no one thinks like I do, the Lord reminds me it ain’t about me.

As my readers may know and the rest of you will know now, I am a traditional Roman Catholic woman with little in common with the secular world except lovin’ the NY Mets and a perfect French mani-pedi. Other than that, I’m a Summorum Pontificum (for those of you from Mars, that’s the Encyclical from our Beloved Holy Father Benedict that has made the Traditional Latin Mass an “in” thing) kind of gal. Break out the Latin and smell the incense and well, if you don’t like it…oh wait…charity, always charity!

Okay, getting back to the point! Nothing in common with the secular world and particular nuttin’ in common with secular media. Usually if the TV is on it’s Food Network, HGTV, EWTN or The WeatherChannel checking out the latest storm. The last thing I want to watch is a show like ABC-TV’s “The View”. Women perched around a desk complaining, laughing at the church, smiling about abortion and male-bashing…NOT!

So, just when I felt like no one was listening to me and my gripes, along comes, “The Catholic View for Women” on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) or commonly known as “Mother Angelica’s station”.

Okay, okay…let me calm down. The idea: fabulous! The station: (EWTN) the BEST! The set: pro-style and chic! Our hosts: Awesome!

Yup, folks, it’s a Rave…I don’t do alot of Raves, mainly because RANTS are so much more fun, but there are exceptions to the rule. The Catholic View for Women is the exception.

“Our hosts Teresa Tomeo, Janet Morana, and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez share news and views of interest to women discussed from a truly Catholic perspective. In the first episode they share the goals of the Catholic View for Women, their testimonies and how the Catholic Church impacted their lives.”

Yes, I’m quoting from EWTN because I couldn’t have written it better. Succinct, right to the point and fostering Truth! These three women shared their stories last night after giving us an introduction to the show’s goals and mission and hit the ball out of the park! I was listening to MY STORY! Still wiping my eyes when Janet Morana told about staying home to “make the gravy and fry the meatballs” and not attending Mass. Her reasons were MY REASONS! At last, I was validated! It’s just not me complaining and whining out there to another disinterested “Cafeteria Catholic” that thinks I’m a weirdo because I want to be “ALWAYS CATHOLIC”.

I started this blog because there wasn’t a place for me to vent, for me to share the beauty of the Roman Catholic faith as an orthodox Roman Catholic woman. Now, here are women that sound like me (yes, ladies, love makeup and gettin my mani-pedi) and are not afraid to look that camera in the eye and tell the TRUTH!

The other two women, Teresa Tomeo and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez were beautiful inside and out (just like Janet) and their stories held my interest as sisters in Christ, unafraid and unabashedly Roman Catholic.

Look, it’s great, if you saw it you know that already. If you didn’t get to EWTN.com and get the schedule so you can see the replay. Yeah, by the way, gals, there IS HOMEWORK! Thanks to another sister in Christ, Vickey Martinez Mev I was able to get the link for the HW. Thanks Vickey! The “Homework” assignment? “Pope John Paul’s Letter to Women”. Our hosts ask us to read this and to understand who we are in this great, big, beautiful Church! along with that there are goals for the show and other info for all of us to peruse and enjoy. (Yes, I’m getting a Kitchen Madonna!) click here for the link to “The Catholic View for Women.com” page for info on Episode One and JPII’s Letter to Women.

Oh, I almost forgot! I do have an eeny, weeny rant…(notice the lower-case, hah!) IT”S TOO SHORT! Thirty minutes left me gasping for more!!! Once a month! AARGH! You had us at Hello! so now, if there are any Roman Catholic gazillionaires who LOVE their wives, please donate to EWTN so we can get “The CatholicViewforWomen” FIVE DAYS A WEEK for an hour each time!

Thank you to our hosts, to EWTN and to our Mother Mary who has never forgotten what has been in the stillness of our hearts…

Bring it on, “The View” ! “The Catholic View for Women” ROCKS and we WILL be watching… “The CatholicView for Women”!

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,

Sofia

Santo Subito!

15 January 2011

For many, beatification announcement confirms long-held sentiment

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The news of Pope John Paul II’s upcoming beatification was welcomed by many as a confirmation of something they already felt from the moment the shouts of “Santo subito!” (“Sainthood now!”) reverberated through St. Peter’s Square at the pontiff’s funeral.

Many in the crowd were young people who had a special affinity to Pope John Paul, whose pontificate started and ended with a special greeting to young people. During his installation ceremony in 1978, the newly named pope told youths: “You are the future of the world, you are the hope of the church, you are my hope.”

And his last words, reportedly delivered hours before his death, were also to youths, in response to the thousands of young people praying and singing in St. Peter’s Square.

“I sought you and now you have come to me. … I thank you,” said the pontiff, who died April 2, 2005 at age 84.

Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, founder and CEO of Canada’s Salt and Light Television, said it was no coincidence that he heard the news of the pontiff’s beatification while attending a meeting in Spain for the upcoming World Youth Day.

“A thunderous, sustained, standing ovation followed the announcement,” he said in a Jan. 14 statement.

The priest, national director for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, said the date for the beatification, May 1, is also no coincidence. Not only is it Divine Mercy Sunday, but it is also the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, known as “May Day” on secular calendars.

“Communists and socialists around the world commemorate May Day with marches, speeches and festivals,” he said, adding that it was fitting that “the man who was a unique instrument and messenger in bringing down the Iron Curtain and the deadly reign of communism and godlessness will be declared blessed” that day.

Father Rosica said the announcement is “the formal confirmation of what many of us always knew as we experienced the Holy Father in action throughout his pontificate” particularly among youths, noting that one of the pope’s gifts to the church was his establishment of World Youth Day.

Tim Massie, the chief public affairs officer and adjunct professor of communication and religious studies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., called the news of Pope John Paul II’s upcoming beatification a “morale boost” especially for Catholics in the United States “where sex abuse scandals, financial crises and disagreements with church hierarchy have dramatically affected parishes, dioceses and the faithful in the pews.”

Because of the pope’s extensive travels in the United States, he said, “there are literally millions of people who were touched by his charisma and holiness.” The pope visited the United States seven times and in each visit urged Catholics to use their freedom responsibly and to preserve the sacredness and value of human life.

In an e-mail to Catholic News Service, Massie said the “general public already considers John Paul II a saint and those who saw him, listened to him, prayed with him, already believed they met a saint — not a future saint, but someone who, like Mother Teresa, lived out the Gospel message in his everyday life.”

Michele Dillon, who chairs the department of sociology at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, said she believes most American Catholics will welcome John Paul II’s beatification.

She described him as the “first cosmopolitan pope for a cosmopolitan age, and his warm, energetic, and telegenic personality served him well on his many trips to all parts of the globe.”

Dillon remarked that it would “be interesting to see whether his beatification, at this time of uncertain commitment among the faithful, will reignite a new spark of church engagement especially among the generation who as teenagers turned out in force” for World Youth Day events.

Dennis Doyle, University of Dayton religious studies professor, noted that many U.S. Catholics didn’t understand the pope and wondered how he “could be liberal on social issues but yet so conservative on church issues. He was consistent in a way that was difficult for some people in the U.S. to understand.”

“But ultimately, he is being beatified because he was loved throughout the world and is recognized iconically as a holy person,” he added.

Tony Melendez, the armless guitarist whose embrace by Pope John Paul electrified an audience during the pope’s 1987 visit to Los Angeles, said he had always considered his encounters with the pontiff “like I got to meet a living saint.”

Melendez, in a phone interview with CNS while en route to his Missouri home, said he got to see Pope John Paul six more times, including a private audience at the Vatican about a year and a half after the 1987 U.S. pastoral visit.

“He remembered me,” Melendez remarked. “And he said, ‘Oh! My friend from Los Angeles!” without me saying anything. He hugged my head after I was (done) playing a song. … To me, he was a wonderful man who did great things.”

Told of the May 1 beatification date, Melendez said, “If I can be there, I want to go. I’ll make some time to go. He was a living saint, in my heart.”

Contributing to this report was Mark Pattison.


Pro-life champion John Paul II to be beatified

15 January 2011

via Catholictide.com

by Patrick B. Craine ROME, Italy, January 14, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Venerable John Paul II (1920-2005), a beloved model and leader to many in the pro-life and pro-family movement, is to be beatified on May 1st, the Vatican announced Friday. The announcement comes after the miraculous healing of a French nun was confirmed Tuesday by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Sr. Marie Simon Pierre Normand, a religious of the ‘Institut des Petites Soeurs des Maternites Catholiques’ who had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, was determined to have made a scientifically inexplicable recovery, which has been attributed by the Vatican to the late pope’s intercession.

The beatification decree, issued by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, describes John Paul II’s pontificate as “an eloquent and clear sign, not only for Catholics, but also for world public opinion, for people of all colour and creed.”

More here…


What papists need to know about the election results, and the promising future

3 November 2010

by Thomas Peters

Papists, I’m proud of us.

America now once again has a pro-life majority in the House of Representatives. Catholyc Nancy Pelosi, after a lame duck session, will no longer be Speaker of the House. Across the nation, pro-life, pro-marriage conservative candidates pulled off impressive victories. All told, Republicans picked up 60 seats in the House of Representatives, and 6 in the Senate. Many races have yet to be finalized.

CatholicVote President Brian Burch and I had a chance to watch some of the election returns together last night here in DC, while co-founder Josh Mercer held down the online CatholicVote digital fort with constant twitter, facebook and blog updates (and looking at all the posts published and in the queue – he’s still at it!).

Here’s my highlights from last night’s results.

CatholicVote-supported Robert Hurt defeated Catholycs in Alliance for the Common Good founder Tom Perriello. CatholicVote ran radio ads in this district and successfully overcame the coordinated efforts of the Catholyc left to keep him in office. This means we successfully destroyed the “Catholyc firewall” in VA-5 as I had hoped.

Kelly Ayotte won her Senate race in New Hampshire, with the tireless help of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. We once again have a pro-life woman in the Senate!

CatholicVote-endorsed candidates Frank Guinta, Mick Mulvaney, Bobby Schilling, Jeff Fortenberry, Sean Duffy all won their races! CatholicVote-endorsees to win also include Dan Benishek (who won Bart Stupak’s old seat in MI-1) and Democrat Dan Lipinski (the one Catholic Democrat who did not sell out for Obamacare). The only CatholicVote-endorsed candidates not to win in the House were George Phillips (a long shot in NY-22) and Keith Fimian (by the narrowest of margins, he currently stands 600 votes shy of a victory, and may yet claim victory when all the absentee ballots are counted).

7 out of 9 is a very strong showing for CatholicVote’s first endorsement batch! Congratulations to all the fine candidates who will soon be legislating in Washington.

Supposedly pro-life Democrats who supported Obamacare and flawed Catholic Democrats suffered big defeats last night. In addition to Tom Perriello, Kathy Dahlkemper, Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney (who were both the subject of CatholicVote ads in their district), Steve Dreihaus (who tried to silence the Susan B. Anthony List because of their political billboards) and nine other “Stupak Democrats” who sold out and supported Obamacare were defeated last night. Anti-life votes have bad consequences.

More here…


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