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ST JOSEPH’S PRAISES

ST JOSEPH’S PRAISES

VEN. FATHER OLIER’S PRAISES OF SAINT JOSEPH

Hail, Joseph, image of God the Father.

Hail, Joseph, father of God the Son.

Hail, Joseph, treasury of the Holy Spirit.

Hail, Joseph, delight of the Blessed Trinity.

Hail, Joseph, most faithful coadjutor of the Incarnation.

Hail, Joseph, most worthy spouse of the Virgin Mary.

Hail, Joseph, father of all the faithful.

Hail, Joseph, guardian of holy virgins.

Hail, Joseph, greatest lover of poverty.

Hail, Joseph, example of meekness and patience.

Hail, Joseph, mirror of humility and obedience.

And blessed be thine eyes, which have seen the things which thou hast seen.

Blessed art thou above all men:

And blessed be thine ears, which have heard the things which thou hast heard;

And blessed be thy hands, which have touched and handled the Incarnate Word;

And blessed be thine arms, which have carried Him who carries all things;

And blessed be thy breast, on which the Son of God most sweetly rested;

And blessed be thy heart, inflamed with burning love;

And blessed be the Eternal Father, Who chose thee;

And blessed be the Son, Who loved thee;

And blessed be the Holy Spirit, Who sanctified thee;

And blessed be thy spouse Mary, who loved thee as a spouse and a brother;

And blessed be the Angel who watched over thee;

And blessed be for ever all who bless and love thee. Amen.

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“TO HOPE IS TO KNOW HOW TO WAIT” – ON CHRISTIAN HOPE

“To hope is to know how to wait, and while waiting, to remain calm in everything, in spite of everything. What a grand thing, what sublime virtue, to remain invincible in our expectation, to keep our eyes fixed on the goal, without ever growing weary! It is the virtue of heroes, but, most of all, of Christians.

The labourer practises it when, in spite of the hail and the storm, he awaits the harvest, which shall be the recompense of his labours; the navigator, when, lost on the boundless ocean, in the midst of the storm, he scans the horizon in search of a port, which may afford him shelter; the traveller, when covered with sweat and overcome with fatigue, he continues his march in order to attain his journey’s end…
And we, who AWAIT THE LORD, who call God our Father – shall we falter in our expectation? Is our hope fainter than the hope of those who pursue a purely human end?
THE LORD IS FAITHFUL TO HIS WORD, AND WILL NOT DECEIVE.”
– Le Chemin du Ciel

 
 

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“WHY?” – WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?

HOW SAD IT IS THAT THE GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE STRIVE ONLY TO SATISFY THIS CORPSE OF THEIRS, WHICH WILL SOON BE ROTTING IN THE EARTH, WHILE THEY GIVE NO THOUGHT TO THEIR UNHAPPY SOULS…

“There are many [people], my children, who do not even know why they are in the world. ‘Why, O my God, have You put me into the world?’ ‘In order to save you’. ‘And why do You wish to save me’? ‘Because I love you’.

How beautiful, how grand it is to know, love, and serve God! That is all we have to do in this world.

TO DO ANYTHING ELSE IS A WASTE OF TIME

Everything we do beyond that is waste of time. We must act only for God, placing our works in His Hands… On awakening, we should say: ‘I wish to work for You to-day, O my God! I will submit to everything You send me, as coming from You. I offer myself in sacrifice. But, my God, without You I can do nothing; help me!’

AVOIDING DEEP REGRETS

At the hour of death, how we shall regret the time we have given to pleasure, to frivolous conversations, to idleness, instead of spending it in mortification, prayer, and good works, in thinking of our miseries and bewailing our sins! Then we shall realise that we have done nothing to gain heaven.

O my children, how sad it is that the greater number of [people] strive only to satisfy this CORPSE, which will soon be rotting in the earth, while they give no thought to their unhappy souls, which is destined to be eternally happy or miserable. They lack intelligence and good sense. It is an awful thought!

See, my children, we should reflect that we have a soul to save, and that eternity awaits us. Riches, pleasures, honours, the whole world will pass away, but Heaven and Hell shall never pass. Beware, then!

All the saints did not begin well, but they all ended well. We have begun badly, but let us end well, and we shall join them one day in heaven.”
– Bl. Cure d’Ars [capital headings added afterwards]

 
 

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“WHOEVER POSSESSES GOD IS HAPPY” (ST AUGUSTINE) – REFLECTIONS ON HAPPINESS

“The response to our Psalm at Mass today is, ‘Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.’

Let us prayerfully reflect on what some people have written about happiness.

• ‘Man wishes to be happy even when he lives as to make happiness impossible.’ (St Augustine)

• ‘When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened to us.’ (Helen Keller – author)

• ‘Since happiness is nothing else but the enjoyment of the Supreme Good, and the Supreme Good is above us, no one can be happy who does not rise above himself.’ (St Bonaventure)

• ‘We must acknowledge that God is happiness itself.’ (St Severinus)

• ‘The heart is rich when it is content, and it is always content when its desires are fixed on God. Nothing can bring greater happiness than doing God’s will for the love of God.’ (Migel Febres Cordero-Munzo – Ecuadorean Christian Brother)

• ‘When the dream in our heart is one that God has planted there, a strange happiness flows into us. At that moment all of the spiritual resources of the universe are released to help us.’ (Catherine Marshall – religious writer)

• ‘If the world knew our happiness, it would, out of sheer envy, invade our retreats, and the times of the Fathers of the Desert would return when the solitudes were more populous than the cities.’ (Madeleine Sophie Barat – French nun)

• ‘All that we call history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – is a long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.’ (C S Lewis – author)

• ‘Whoever possesses God is happy.’ (St Augustine).”
– From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”

 
 

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ON THE EXCELLENCE OF PRAYER

“Prayer is an elevation of our hearts to God, by which we draw near to Him and become one with Him. To pray is to rise above ourselves and above all created things, to unite ourselves to God, to plunge into that ocean of love.

When we pray, it is as if we went forth to meet God, Who is coming to us, in order to draw Him to us like a bird to its nest, to establish Him in our souls as in His temple, and there to possess Him, love Him, and enjoy His most signal favours.

Prayer is a state in which the soul is in the presence of God, and God is in the presence of the soul, regarding it with eyes of mercy, while the soul regards God with eyes of humility, and these glances radiate more virtue and fruitfulness than all the heavenly bodies.”
– Louis de Grenade

 

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LET US LIVE IN THE PRESENT, LEAVING THE FUTURE TO GOD

“The Lord only subjects you to trials in order to raise you to infinite glory. Represent to yourself the Saviour Who, from the depths of the sanctuary of your soul, lovingly presses you to receive, with an equal love, the darts which His Heart directs into yours. Then listen to these tender words which He addresses to you: ‘As I love you, so you must love Me.’

Can you fail, in future, to accept with joy and gratitude the divine will, which is pleased to sacrifice you? Go forward unswervingly, always raising your heart heavenwards, and, when trials come upon you, hasten to God.

Live in the present, confidently leaving to our good Master the care of shaping the future according to His Heart. Have you not matter for rejoicing in your heart, which is God’s, and in God’s Heart which is yours?”
– Barrelle

 

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WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT GOD

“Remember that it is God’s paternal love which raises, or permits, the tempests of our temptations, in order to keep us at His gates, and to force us to knock and cry out to Him, not once in a year, nor the month, nor the day, but every moment of our day. If you do that, you will enjoy the presence of God, which you desire, not, perhaps, in your way but, in His.

It is a great thing for the soul to have arrived at that point when it feels by its own experience that it cannot live without God, without his favour.

We are for ever running after creatures, and forgetting the Creator, with the result that we neither hunger for the Creator, nor gain satiety from creatures. The remedy is to gain upon them by superior speed and to leave them at once, before they leave us, so as to lose no time, and to pass on to the Creator, in whom we find peace, repose, and satiety, united to eternal stability, the enjoyment of which no one can hinder or disturb.”
– P. Alvarez

 

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