Saint Joseph – March 19th

“Whatever grace you demand to Saint Joseph it will certainly be granted, who wishes to believe be persuaded to face the test.”
St. Teresa of Avila.

st20joseph20and20jesusThe life of Saint Joseph has been truly overthrown by mysterious initiatives of God, initiatives beyond any possibility to understand.
Saint Joseph let himself to be driven lead because he was just and “just” is the man who lives of faith.

 

Where will the Lord drive him? He does not know it, God does not tell him, He does not explain him anything and he still obeys. It always said yes with his life, not with his words. It had never questions nor doubts.

And how fecund this silence is! It allows that between the word of God and the obedience of Saint Joseph there is not solution of continuity. God says and Saint Joseph does.
“Do not be afraid…”, and he does not fear, all troubles end.
“Stand up…”, and he stands up, there he is already on the road.
“Come back…”, and he is already coming back.
This immediacy of Saint Joseph at any nod of the Lord shows his beautiful inner disposition!

This example of Saint Joseph is wonderful: although he is the head of the house, he is simply in service with a familiarity made of abandonment and of continuous dedication. Saint Joseph does not estimate the life of Jesus and of the Virgin according to his requirements, but he puts his life at disposal of theirs. He does not leave the Egypt when it is suitable to him, but when the interest of Jesus requires.

His patronage is not less or more triumphal, but it is something deeper coming from a lower reality. Saint Joseph makes us to understand the content of the service for the Reign and helps us to be in the history of the salvation those people who believe in Christ, obey Christ and trust Him.

Saint Joseph allowed the Lord to sweep up and to lead himself on mysterious ways. He gave up understanding and accepted to believe; he gave up to command and accepted to obey.
Nevertheless, believing, he let himself be driven by the Gentleman and He introduced him very intimately in the mystery of the Incarnation and the salvation.

Shall Saint Joseph, this most beloved patron of the spiritual life, help us to be very present only to the heart and the eyes of God, and it will be much better if much more people forget us, so that in disappearing at people’s and even our sight, our ego can get lost in the humble and silent adoration of the infinite greatness of the only God and our Lord.
“These are the reasons why men of every rank and country should fly to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour.” (Leon XIII)

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, the Princess Saint – november 17th

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Elizabeth at the age of four years is promised in marriage to Louis, son and heir of the ruler of Thuringia, and to receive an education appropriate to her future rank of Dutchess of Thuringia, Elisabeth is forced to leave her native country to the court of Thuringia.

She had a happy marriage:  “If I love so much a mortal creature – she used to say –  how should I love more the Lord.”

With the approval of her husband, Elizabeth devoted much time to prayer and practice generosity works of mercy for the poor, the lepers, the sick and needy.

One of the most famous miracles is the miracle of the bread turned into roses. One day she met Louis as she ran down the street with her apron full of bread for the poor. He asked her what she was carrying, and when she dropped her apron instead of bread appeared many magnificent and fresh roses.

We too can turn to this great Saint Elizabeth, the glorious one who can become advocate for our sins. Hasten to be refreshed when hungry, young people recognize the one who raises the dead, the girls see in her shine the virtue of chastity, she can become a support and their comforter.

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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque – october 16th

margaretmary She was born in the village of Lhautecour on Monday July 22, 1647 and was named Thursday the 25th of that month. She made her first communion at age nine and sacramental contact of his soul with the Lord, Jesus Christ became her master and stole away her heart. Here’s how she expresses herself: “Oh my only love, what I owe you prevented me from my earliest youth, taking possession of my heart!”

After a childhood of suffering, Margaret Mary crowned her vocation entering the monastery of the Visitation of the Parray Monial. Now her soul is freed from the chains of human freedom to worship and suffer for her beloved Jesus: “I felt my heart full of God, whose conversation was so sweet and often spent three hours with no other movements or feelings of love, without being able to sleep … “

During the monastic life she endures humiliation and mortification, accepting the flowers and the thorns of the Cross, but also resting on the bosom of our Lord: “He made me stand at long on his chest and there God made me discover the wonders of his love and the inexplicable secrets of His Sacred Heart, which I had always kept hidden.”

Jesus gives a spark of love as a token of its flames that closed in the side of Margaret Mary and consume time to the extreme. Her passion cannot be shut down but found only a bit ‘of refreshment in the bloodletting. Jesus warns: “Although I closed the wound in your chest, the pain will remain forever.”
“I could not sleep because the wound was causing me so violent ardor that consumed me and made me burn alive.”

The chest pain was renewed during the first Friday of the month as follows: “The Sacred Heart seemed to me like a sun shining vivid light of the burning rays that hit my heart. I heard him soon ignited a fire that seemed to bring me in ash, and especially at that time was that my teacher told me what God wanted from me and revealed the secrets of this amiable Heart.”

The Lord also gave her a crown of thorns: “Receive, my child, this crown as a sign of what you will soon be time to make them compatible with me … These pins will make you feel so keenly their wounds, which you will need to the full force of my love to bear the pain.” So not including what he meant, but soon I understood the effects that followed: I received two terrible blows on the head, so since then I seem to have it all surrounded by thorns.”

Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque showing his heart shining light, and made the following promises to the devotees of His Heart:

  • I will give them all the graces necessary for their state.
  • I will bring relief to families who are in difficulties and put peace in divided families.
  • I will console them in their affliction.
  • I will be their secure refuge during life and at death.
  • Pour abundant blessings on all their works.
  • Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the ocean of Mercy.
  • Tepid souls were keen.
  • Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  • I will bless the places where the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  • To all those who work for the salvation of souls, give them the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  • The names of those who propagate this devotion to my Sacred Heart shall be written in my heart and will not ever be erased.

I promise you in the Mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence. They did not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments, and my Heart will be their safe refuge in this last moment.

What does Jesus promise?
Jesus explains to his promise in these words: “they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the Holy Sacraments, and in those last moments my heart will be a safe haven for them.”

What the Heart of Jesus promises is that absolutely none of those who have done well the first Friday will die in mortal sin, grant:
a) if he is right, the final perseverance in the state of grace;
b) if he is a sinner, forgiveness of every sin is mortal by means of confession, whether through an act of perfect sorrow.

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