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Act of Contrition
Acts of Faith, Hope & Charity, & Votive Prayer for Charity
Angelus & Regina Caeli
Confiteor

Divine Praises

Grace Before & After Meals
Litany of Humility

Litany of St Joseph

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus
Litany of the Most Precious Blood
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Litany of the Saints
Morning & Evening Prayers

Novena Prayer to St Philomena

Prayer for the Conversion of Australia
Prayers & Litany to Holy Michael the Archangel

Prayers & Litany to Our Guardian Angel

Prayers & Litany to St Joseph
Prayers & Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Prayers & Litany to
the Holy Ghost &
Veni Creator
Prayers & Novena for the Souls in Purgatory
Prayers & Novena to St Martin De Porres
Prayers & Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, & Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayers Before & After Confession
Prayers Before Mass, Prayers Before Holy Communion, Prayers After Holy Communion & Thanksgiving After Mass

Prayers for Priests & Vocations

Prayers, Novena & Litany to St Anne
Prayers, Novenas & Litany to St Jude Thaddeus
The Prayers & Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Various Prayers
Votive Prayers for Rain, Fine Weather & to Avert Storms
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Thoughts for the Week
 
 

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
24th September 2017

St. Joseph - Our Glorious Patriarch by Fr. Joseph Ignatius Vallejo S.J.

All that is great and singular in others, we find united in St. Joseph and more. Let us gather the flowers of this matter, dwelling on the point for some time. It is certain that St. Peter received a supreme power from Heaven: to him were given the two keys, one to open Heaven, the other to close it: under his authority did Christ place the government of the Church, constituting him His Vicar. Peter did Our Lord commission to feed His sheep and lambs: a truly great office; but, withal, I say that it cannot be compared with the favour done St. Joseph. I confess that the Almighty did not give this Saint the two keys, for these are put even in the hands of servants: but God put in his charge Jesus and Mary, who are the two gates of Paradise. St. Peter fed the sheep and lambs; Joseph the Shepherd Himself and His Mother, the Virgin Mary, and under his authority as spouse of the Mother of God, and father of Jesus, had the Queen of Heaven and the very Lord of the Universe. St. Peter governed the Church and St. Joseph the very Head of the Church. Peter loved Christ as his Lord, Joseph as his Lord and his Son .

 

Let us pass from great men to Angels.

 

I know that St. Michael has the glory of being the valiant defender of the Incarnate Word and of the rights of the Divinity which daring Lucifer would have usurped, but I know that St. Joseph, by a retreat exposed to the hardships of a dangerous journey and helplessness among strangers, delivered the Saviour from another cruel demon, King Herod, who sought the life of the new-born God. We must, indeed, feel most grateful to the Archangel Gabriel for all his care in the Incarnation of the Son of God, giving to the world the tidings of its speedy deliverance; but yet it is evident that the Word made man engaged the first attention of St. Joseph. The Angel announced our future happiness; but Joseph put his advice in execution, facing danger, toil and fear. Angels in one instance fed Our Lord in the desert; but this service they rendered only once and with no toil on their part; Joseph maintained Jesus from His cradle to the age of 30, labouring night and day to fulfil the obligation which his ministry imposed upon him. But let us leave these similitudes, lest by comparing him with others, we lessen that which is in its dignity incomparable.

 

To all this we may add that St. Joseph was not only the delegate of the Father, but also in some sort, if we may venture to use the words of Gerson, the Holy Ghost was his Vicar and substitute: as with the consent of the most holy spouse of Mary, He produced in her pure womb the admirable work of our redemption and salvation. This honour, joined to the title of Father of Jesus, which he acquired by the Holy Ghost's acting in his stead, and his being head and superior of the Holy Family, if they do not prove a greatness surpassing that of all the blessed, at least justify us from all charge of rashness in conceding as probable that primacy which radiates from his dignity and ministry, as the sun shines amid the stars of the firmament.