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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!


Sofia’s Favorite Site for Rosary & Jewelry Christmas Gifts!

25 November 2013

Love, love, love QVC but it is always this time of year to give truly unique Catholic gifts. As we approach tougher times to come, the best gift you can give someone is a unique Rosary, a bracelet that also is a Rosary and many other unique items that are jewelry and items of Faith.

The best I have found (and the Official Rosaries of Always Catholic) is at BattleBeads.com. Mary is someone who has been given the gift of making Rosaries that aren’t just beautiful, they are works of art. In addition, the Rosaries are made strong so they are practical as well.

The jewelry, both Religious and secular is some of the best quality I have seen and believe me SHOPPING is my middle name! Now, for the prices…RIDICULOUS and I mean ridiculously inexpensive. Mary is not looking to make money here. She wants people to pray and to get value for their money. Believe me, VALUE is what you get. The precious stones, the Swarovski crystals at prices NO ONE ELSE CAN BEAT!

Mary isn’t looking to get rich, this is a ministry, not a business. I must tell you that I have purchased jewelry and other interesting items that I have given as Christmas presents. The people I gave BattleBeads items to said it was their FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Hands down! Mary also has secular jewelry items that are stunning! Something for everyone…

So go to Battlebeads.com and do your shopping there, I guarantee you will be satisfied.
Most of all, Santa will be happy you are helping out!!

Merry Christmas! Happy Shopping! Here’s a sample of Mary’s work:

Peach Rosary Brass Champagne Pearls Onyx Sacred Heart Rosary
Ruby Crystal Brass Rosary Aqua Swarovski Crystal Rosary Papal Pater Twirls Rosary
Cobalt Brigittine Rosary Onyx Rosary USA Chaplet
Life of Jesus BraceletOnyx Rosary Bracelet Millefiore Rosary BraceletCrystal Rosary Tree (NOT a 'cry tree') ;-) 5 Wounds ChapletMetal Angel Bookmark

Above is a selection of Rosaries, a Rosary Bracelet, a unique bookmark that I have given to many people and they love them! A really unique item and that is the Rosary Tree that stands on a nightstand or office desk.

Below, gorgeous Christmas earrings to wear while you shop online!
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Of course, there’s also the USA Chaplet, a devotion that came to Mary in prayer and was given a Nihil Obstat by her Bishop and was found worthy of devotion.

The USA Chaplet

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I could do pages on Mary’s items but it’s easier to take my word for it and get to BattleBeads.com and shop!!! Items available for Christmas delivery, Mary will advise on shipping costs. (Also very very reasonable.)

Now, go!! Tweet me (@alwayscatholic) and let me know how happy you are with your purchase and I will offer a special Rosary for your intentions on a BattleBeads Rosary.

God Love you!

Sofia


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.


An Ode to Providence; hail to @LisaGraas

26 September 2011

Yesterday I was angry and very sad. Today I am abandoning myself to Divine Providence as I should.

Most of you reading this opening line will say, yeah, yeah Sofia, what’s this rant about? It’s not a rant this time, it’s an observation of why I love being Roman Catholic. Being Catholic affords me the gift of being a member of the Body of Christ as my family…the ultimate support system and just like family, quite abit of angst at times. This time it started out really aggravating. It went to anger, then sadness and hurt, then letting go and finally, prayer and an answer.

I started Always Catholic to leave a piece of me behind. My health situation leaves me never knowing when God would be calling me home so even a tiny legacy was my wish. Mary Wellman (@AncientSoul on Twitter & author of BattleBeadsBlog and BattleBeads.com Rosary/Jewelry maker extraordinaire) was and is my mentor and without her there wouldn’t be AlwaysCatholic. For her, I am truly grateful. She kept me going in order to be recognized immediately and published often by the Brothers Archbold at CreativeMinorityReport.com which pushed the site’s readership to dizzying heights.

As Always Catholic moved along with much positive response from readers I fell to the sin against charity. In my enthusiasm and love of the Faith I started to rant against those in charge who were neglecting their duties to the faithful. I am a straight up Jersey girl and did not mince words. One post in particular I went after Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago concerning the infamous Father Michael Pfleger. That was the day Lisa Graas came into my life. She commented to me on Twitter with gentle, loving fraternal correction. She made me think and actually feel uplifted by her Catholic duty to help me. Later that week I was on Twitter having fun going back and forth with Catholic Twitter friends and Lisa joined in and we had a wonderful time. At that time I didnt realize that she was THE Lisa Graas. In my childlike behavior, I knew who she was as a profound, authentic Catholic writer but I never thought that it was she who was my spiritual mentor. I thought the names were similar and that was it.

One of the Twitter friends sent me a private message and said, “Do you know who Lisa Graas is? I said she’s a Catholic on Twitter. She has a name similar to the Catholic writer…” My friend laughed and laughed saying, “Sofia, don’t ever grow up…your child-like demeanor keeps you sane.”

I came back on the public timeline and private messaged Lisa…I said to her, “I’m sorry I didn’t know you were THE Lisa Graas” she thought that was very amusing and we became sisters in Christ that night. Lisa has never left my side from that day and has been there for me as the mentor I needed to complete my circle.

I am writing this today because I want people to be aware of the evil that is pervasive in the world. I do not want ot blame the Internet, social media on this one. This is the same evil that has affected the Church since the day after Pentecost. Lisa ia a white martyr. She does not shed the physical blood of martyrs but is a “white” martyr as coined by Pope John Paul II. Her suffering is the same as those who spilled and will spill their blood for the Faith. sometimes I think perhaps that would be preferable. To become a martyr when given the choice of physically dying or denying your Faith. The day in day out, relentless evil that attacks those truly holy like Lisa is much tougher in my humble opinion.

Lisa Graas’ blog is no more. Her final post is done.The Catholic Blogosphere is the loser. Lisa walks in Faith now with the Her Saviour and a monastery of Passionist nuns for support. “It’s about Jesus, she says…”

Personal attacks on her to me are of the lowest there can be. Lisa has given so much to us while asking for nothing in return. She made the mistake of being an orthodox Catholic in a world and in a country where that is laughed at. She made the mistake for being faithful to her Lord and to her Church. She told the truth.

“But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16 Lisa Graas is not lukewarm, she never will be. Why? Because in the end, “it’s about Jesus…”

Beware to those who call themselves Catholic….Are you lukewarm? I don’t know about you, but I’m going to follow the lead of my mentor and speak the Truth, to never be lukewarm and know that it’s about Jesus…”

 


I am providing the link on the backstory of why Lisa Graas closed her blog. I will not give a forum for those who sought to personally attack her by putting the articles up here. AlwaysCatholic is not here to sensationalize this story, however I encourage you to go to her site which is about the Passionist message. She has also opened a thread for her friends to comment. The back story is posted there also. LisaGraas.com

A little note to this story: Lisa defended a colleague and friend when the friend was being attacked on her blog by endless visits to her blog by anonymous readers with an agenda of hate against Catholics. In defense of her friend, Lisa posted the story and took up her friend’s cause. Her friend freely expressed her opinion as a Mother and as a Catholic. As a result, it was CATHOLICS who personally attacked Lisa. “And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

Biblical References are from the Douay Rheims version of Scripture.

A special thank you to my fiance, Sean Norris, my personal @Commonpatriot for his support ad help in ALL THINGS ALWAYS CATHOLIC


“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

5 September 2011

A very sad Labor Day in America…

Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: “Take These Sons Of Bitches Out”

 

 

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.

Obama addressed the crowd shortly after Hoffa.

H/T to RealClearPolitics


Obama’s Response:

Obama Declares He’s ‘Proud’ of Hoffa–After Hoffa Declares ‘War’ on Tea Party ‘Sons-Of-Bitches’

 

 

Lord, forgive us…



Please, pray for our country!

The USA Chaplet is an approved devotion for all to pray to save our country in this time of spiritual warfare. Please click on this link here for all Chaplet information. A beautiful devotion specifically for our country. God Bless America!


Naughty and nice list for your Christmas shopping

3 November 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Our number one pick for your Christmas shopping: BattleBeads.com

WHY? This site has always been for Christmas and for Our Lord and Our Lady. The best in handmade Rosaries, jewelry & unique gift items. The prices rock and the quality, well, simply the best of all the rest. Check it out now for Christmas Shopping!

From the Catholic blog Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

We walked into Walmart today and were greeted with a lovely sight. A huge sign in the doorway read, “Merry Christmas”. “That’s what happened when thousands of Christians emailed Walmart two years ago to reprimand them for excluding and criticizing Christmas as a ‘pagan holiday'”, I told my girls.
“Now they know they’d better wish us a ‘Merry Christmas”.
Here’s a list of companies who get it. From the American Family Association.

Companies FOR Christmas”

Here’s where you do your shopping this Christmas!updated 11-17-10


Amazon.com-trying to make up for selling Pedophile books, I imagine

Bed Bath & Beyond
Belk
Best Buy
Big Lots
Books-A-Million
Cabella’s
Collective Brands
Costco
Dollar Tree
Family Dollar
Dollar General
H.E.B. Stores
Hallmark
Harris Teeter Stores
Hobby Lobby
JC Penney
JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts Stores- I just bought my Christmas craft supplies here
Kmart
kohl’s- just bought the girls shoes and clothing here
Kroger
Lowe’s-happy to see this famliy friendly store is opening across the street from Home Depot
Macy’s
Meijer
Menard’s
Michael’s Stores
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Petsmart
Pier One Imports
Publix
QVC
Rite Aid-my drug store of choice
Sears
Super D Drug Stores
Target-love this place
Walgreens
Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club- where I do my grocery shopping


Stores which need some reminders that if it weren’t for Christmas, their bottom line wouldn’t look too great…

Companies marginalizing “Christmas”

updated 11-17-10

Bass Pro Shops
Banana Republic
Bath & Body Works
Gap Stores
Hancock Fabrics
Hy-Vee Stores
Old Navy
Limited Brands
Safeway
Starbucks
Toys R Us
Whole Foods


For the “Scrooge” List

click here…








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