Wednesday, August 19, 2020
DAY 5 - MOTHER OF DIVINE GRACE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF PRUDENCE!
PRAY A ROSARY
- Rosary of the Day: Glorious Mysteries
- Traditional 54 Day Rotation: Sorrowful Mysteries
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WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
Luke, Chapter 12, Verse 7
When I read this passage, I get the idea that I indeed must be the least of those in the Kingdom of God. I as a young man had handsome strawberry blond hair and I gained the attention of many a young lady. Yet, as time went on it all fell out. At first, I rebuked: No, I will not take this, and I used various elixirs in an attempt to keep the hair. As it thinned, I did the comb over and then one day I said screw it and shaved my head. Vanity all is vanity.
As life went on the challenges of everyday life, I lost more than my hair and every day I struggled to retain the joy of life against insurmountable odds in which I lost more than my hair. (Divorce, single parenthood, angry children, unemployment, bankruptcy, sickness) Bravely I continued but ever so slowly I found my joy of life was falling out and anger was replacing it. Yet, by the grace of God: I still trust in Him and trusting is Him I find my anger replaced with resolve to do His will.
The patient man finds a cleansing purgatory in this earthly life. When others wrong him, he is sorrier that evil is done than that he has been wronged. He forgives the evildoer from the bottom of his heart. He is not slow to ask pardon when he himself has hurt others. He is more easily moved to pity than to anger. He frequently disregards his feelings and tries to live above them, according to his intelligence and God’s grace.
Amoris Lætitia Looking to Jesus: The Vocation of the Family- The family in the documents of the Church (66-70)
The covenant of love and fidelity lived by the Holy Family of Nazareth illuminates the principle which gives shape to every family. On this basis, all families, despite their weaknesses, can become a light in the darkness of the world.
True love between husband and wife’ involves mutual self-giving, includes and integration the sexual and emotional regard for one another. In the incarnation Christ assumed human love and purifies it and brings it to fulfillment. By his Spirit, he gives spouses the capacities to live that love, permeating every part of their lives of faith, hope and charity. Additionally, the Church, in order fully to understand her mystery, looks to the Christian family, which manifests her in a real way.
Married love requires that husband and wife become fully aware of their obligations in the matter of responsible parenthood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time must be rightly understood… The exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties towards God, themselves, their families and human society.
In church documents the Pope St. John Paul II defines the family as ‘the way of the Church. In particular, by treating conjugal love, he described how spouses, in their mutual love, receive the gift of the Spirit of Christ and live their call to holiness.
Thus, marriage based on an exclusive and definitive love becomes an icon of the relationship between God and his people, and vice versa. God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love. Moreover, in the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, he highlighted the importance of love as a principle of life in society, a place where we learn the experience of the common good.
Total Consecration to St. Joseph-Day 31
On Day 31 Father Calloway states that Joseph has your back in the war against the powers of darkness.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, Pray for Us.
Noble offspring of David, Pray for Us.
Light of Patriarchs, Pray for Us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, Pray for Us.
Chaste Guardian of the Virgin, Pray for Us.
Foster Father of the Son of God, Pray for Us.
Zealous Defender of Christ, Pray for Us.
Head of the Holy family, Pray for Us.
Joseph Most Just, Pray for Us.
Joseph Most Chaste, Pray for Us
Joseph Most Prudent, Pray for Us.
Joseph Most Courageous, Pray for Us.
Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for Us.
Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for Us.
Mirror of Patience, Pray for Us.
Lover of Poverty, Pray for Us.
Model of Workmen, Pray for Us.
Glory of Domestic Life, Pray for Us.
Guardian of Virgins, Pray for Us.
Pillar of Families, Pray for us.
Comfort of the Afflicted, Pray for Us.
Hope of the Sick, Pray for Us.
Patron of the Dying, Pray for Us.
Demons fear Jesus and Demons fear Mary. Joseph his whole life protected Jesus and Mary from demons both human and spiritual; He will do the same for you. Joseph is the man; the only man empowered by God to protect the innocence of Christ and His mother.
· Saint Joseph is a dragon slayer!
· Saint Joseph will protect you against Satan and his demons.
Joseph’s primary weapons were his purity and his fearlessness. The demons even feared Joseph when he slept. Joseph was ready. His was the honor to protect, defend and fight for Jesus and Mary. Joseph was quiet but deadly in the face of evil. Through consecration to St. Joseph you are being called to the same mission as St. Joseph. You are called to protect Jesus and his bride the church and Mary Joseph’s Virgin Wife. To do this you must use the spiritual weapons of Joseph: purity and fearlessness. Strive to be chase in mind and body, pray the rosary, frequent the sacraments and the demons may fear you when you sleep. If men resemble St. Joseph, the kingdom of Satan will be destroyed. The purity of St. Joseph is a weapon against the filth and perversions of the devil. Satan is a filthy, perverse, and pornographic spirit. Purity repulses him. It pierces him.
Terror of Demons
What is terror? Terror can be defined as the "opposite
of hope," a condition that stems from lack of trust that God loves you and
wills what's best for you.
In her Diary, St. Faustina writes of terror - the terror of dying souls as well as her own brief moments of terror. In one instance, Jesus asks her to help Him to save souls by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for dying sinners. She records, "I found myself in a strange cottage where an elderly man was dying amidst great torments. All about the bed was a multitude of demons and the family, who were crying. When I began to pray, the spirits of darkness fled, with hissing and threats directed at me. The soul became calm and, filled with trust, rested in the Lord" (1798).
The demons knew they didn't stand a chance against St. Faustina and the Chaplet.
Yet St. Faustina, too, experienced moments of terror. Jesus rebukes her for this at one point, saying:
I am displeased when a soul yields to vain terrors. Who will dare to touch you when you are with Me? Most dear to Me is the soul that strongly believes in My goodness and has complete trust in Me (453).
Saint Faustina would eventually learn to whom she can turn in order to allay her fears and unite her to Jesus. It was none other than Jesus' foster father, St. Joseph. The famous Litany of St. Joseph identifies him under the title Terror of Demons, and it's no wonder. Surely, this man entrusted by God with the singular mission of caring for and protecting the Holy Family was endowed with graces enough to strike fear in the forces of darkness. The demons don't stand a chance against St. Joseph. Saint Faustina writes:
Saint Joseph urged me to have a constant devotion to him. ... He has promised me this special help and protection (1203).
When you find yourself feeling overcome by the trials of
life, turn to St. Joseph. He was a man who, in his earthly life, never succumbed
to "vain terrors." He remained ever grounded in faith, ever attuned
to the will of God in his life. From Heaven, he stands as a go-to saint to help
you when forces beyond your control - including demonic forces - seek to
unsettle you and pull you toward despair and ruin.
At the end of our lives, many people are susceptible to despair. Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons, will squash such despair and all things that stand in opposition to the hope found in the Risen Christ. From Heaven, this humble, quiet man of strength will lead us to the peace found in Jesus.
Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons, protect us.
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day seeks to recognize the compassion and bravery of humanitarian workers. The day also serves to gain international cooperation to meet the needs of humanitarian work around the world. Humanitarian workers provide life-saving assistance consisting of first aid, nutrition, shelter and help rebuild after disaster has struck. These workers often battle violence, local diseases and hunger while attempting to save lives and provide relief to those most in need. World Humanitarian Day was designated by the United Nations in December of 2008 in an effort to honor the sacrifices of humanitarian workers. It is celebrated annually on August 19, a day that commemorates the 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq.
Every Wednesday is Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass. You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous you could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.
· Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus