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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!


We Need More Prayers for our Mary (@AncientSoul), please…

15 March 2012

Just before Ash Wednesday I asked you for an urgent prayer request of our sister Mary. Mary did come through her procedure well, but as her update stated, she has serious health conditions. Mary, has been given a heavier Cross to bear. Our Lord loves her so much He has given her more to offer for her journey to sainthood. Here is the update she has posted on our Prayer Request page (please check in here to leave a comment for Mary and others who so desperately need prayer.)

Mary’s Prayer Request:

Well, asking for your kind prayers yet again please .. new medical malady yesterday morning … possible kidney stone/bladder infection. Lost a lot of blood yesterday, but meds kicked in today and that has lessened along with the pain, but far from out of the woods and hoping this current back pain I awoke with today is just from sleeping wrong and not related to kidneys. I go back early next month to see about the cranial arteritis or what ever it is .. they still don’t know and that hasn’t gone away. I just don’t feel led to let them continue to taking pieces of artery out of my skull, yanno? LOL So .. prayers much appreciated all the way around! Thanks and blessings to all!

Please join me, and everyone at AlwaysCatholic.com in storming Heaven with prayers for our sister Mary. All she ever wanted to do was to follow His Will. Let us pray in every way we can that His Will be done. We ask of course for her healing in accordance to His Will so that she may continue to serve Him.

With gratitude for your prayers for our darling Mary,

God Love you,

Sofia

Prayer for the Intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit.

If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request here) for the healing of Mary Wellman.

I make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Please go to Mary’s Blog BattleBeadsBlog, @Ancientsoul (her Twitter account and to her FB page to leave her a message of prayer, support and hope.


Sofia has an URGENT PRAYER REQUEST for one of our own here at AlwaysCatholic.com

8 February 2012

Yes friends, I’m back.

Today I have been working on a piece about the nightmare concerning Religious Liberty, the Church and the man who is supposed to uphold the U.S. Constitution. I have been planning to return last week but ironically the Religious Liberty attack on our Faith and Church was announced at the same time.

I was angry, emotional and knew that if I had come back last week when I had originally planned, I would have committed a serious sin against charity and the mortal sin of anger (deliberate for sure…). I prayed, rested and chose instead to wait until I read everything I could get my hands on before responding.

Good choice. Thanks for your help, Saint Therese! Something I need to address first was brewing and today I found out what that was. Our dear sister, and Always Catholic Co-Editor, Mary Wellman is seriously, seriously ill.I’m sure many of you know Mary as @ancientSoul on Twitter and her Rosary website, BattleBeads.com Mary also has a terrific blog, BattleBeadsBlog.

Mary has been keeping me up to date on her health issues which seem to have been worsening in the last months in particular. Mary’s symptoms have become frightening to say the least and as of today she had to finally address it.

Mary has a biopsy tomorrow at 11:30am EST. She went to the doctor today and tests came back that there’s a large area of inflamation/infection in the her right temporal artery .. She could lose sight in her right eye and a blockage to her brain was found also. this my dear friends is as serious as it gets.

I must tell you that Mary was my original mentor on Twitter and was the driving force behind AlwaysCatholic.com… she never stopped encouraging me and supporting the idea I had for a blog.

Mary knew of my serious health problems but never mentioned anything about herself except that she would pray everyday for my healing. She knew that one day my heart would be healed. She also helped me with embracing my illness and offering it up for all those poor souls in Purgatory who do not have anyone to pray for them.

In addition, Mary was there around the clock for almost a month to get the blog designed and up on the Internet.

Truthfully, AlwaysCatholic.com would have been just a pipe dream unrealized without her. I must tell you I am selfish. I need her…she has singlehandedly kept the AlwaysCatholic FB fan page going throughout my illnesses.So if you “Like” the page, thank Mary.

AlwaysCatholic has some big plans for our future. Doors are opening up and it won’t happen without her. More importantly, we need prayerful souls like her who give all her time to prayer and defending our Faith and Church. In addition, Mary is a Rosary maker like no other, an exceptional Catholic blogger. We NEED her…Mary never shrinks from an opportunity to pray for the most forgotten among us, as well as our Bishops.

I must admit something today…Tonight I was writing my blogpiece about the Obama war on the Church. I had promised Our Lord that I would not commit a sin against charity but I fully intended to rant. Oh, not just at Obama and the evil Progressive agenda in our beloved country but at the Progressive Bishops who contributed to this problem in the first place.

Mary contacting me to ask me to pray for her was a sign to me that this time I had to take a different turn at this blogging thing. Mary always asked me to pray for our Bishops and to be prudent in my criticism. You know what Mary? You were right. I see the bigger picture now. It’s not about me, it’s about Him. You have given your life with all it’s suffering to Him as a gift of love. Thank you for showing me the way…

Please join me, and everyone at AlwaysCatholic.com in storming Heaven with prayers for our sister  Mary. All she ever wanted to do was to follow His Will. so let us pray in every way we can that His Will be done. We ask of course for her healing in accordance to His Will so that she may continue to serve Him.

God love you!

Sofia

Prayer for the Intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Sheen Prayer for Favor

Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and by the working of the Holy Spirit.

If it be according to Your Will, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request here) for the healing of Mary Wellman.

I make this prayer confidently through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Please go to Mary’s Blog BattleBeadsBlog, @Ancientsoul (her Twitter account and to her FB page to leave her a message of prayer, support and hope.

Thank you!


WOW…Nothing like the truth…via BattleBeadsBlog You go there, @AncientSoul!

22 October 2010

Why do Muslims only Live on ONE WAY STREETS??

by AncientSoul
BattleBeadsBlog

Before I say anything .. have a look at a Muslim DANCING on High Altar at Florence Cathedral!
What do you think would happen if a Christian did something similar at a Mosque?

For some time now, I have noticed how one sided things appear from the Muslim world’s point of view. Couple things I can remember off the top of my head … I’m sure you can remember many more and that a search on Google will produce even more yet.

What about the Dutch cartoonist that had to practically go into hiding regarding a political cartoon about Mohammad? Then there’s the time they were ready to string up the Pope because he quoted a 14th century emperor who simply stated the truth about how violent they were. It’s ok for them to shoot rockets at Israel, but when Israel retaliates it’s wrong? How DARE Israel attempt to protect itself or stop the attacks on their citizens? They disperse themselves into ALL other countries .. why? Cuz they wanna make NICE? There is an agenda folks. He who has eyes, let them SEE!

I myself, and I venture to bet most of us, would not take up residency in another country and then demand that country to follow the codes and laws of the USA. We would not demand special rights so we could live as we did in our own country THAT WE JUST LEFT. If it’s that important to them, why did they leave in the first place? If that’s how they want to live, fine .. let them live like that in their OWN COUNTRY. But they want to force THEIR laws on us .. no, not just US … the WHOLE WORLD. They will not rest till the Islamic flag flies everywhere.

They say they are a peaceful nation. What they don’t say is that even the Koran says you will find contradictory statements in this book. When you do, you are to follow the most recently dated to be correct. Problem with this is that all the PEACEFUL stuff in the Koran was in the beginning of the book. The VIOLENT TAKEOVER POLICY comes later, is more recent and therefore is today’s law of the land.

We have all heard of the severe old testament type punishments for crimes … cutting off hands for stealing and certainly the stoning of adulterers, but are folks really aware that ANYONE that doesn’t believe as they do is an INFIDEL and by THEIR LAW (which they want IMPOSED IN THE USA AND EVERYWHERE ELSE) it states that all infidels must die unless they convert to Islam.

Continue reading this truthful and dynamic post here at BattleBeadsblog

Editor’s note: @Ancientsoul is part of the AlwaysCatholic family as well as having her own blog, BattleBeadsBlog. She has also produced the design for AlwaysCatholic and continues to keep AlwaysCatholic out there and running… for this we are forever grateful…
Great job, Mary..this piece ROCKS! Much love & prayers, Sofia

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