See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Praying for the Holy Father and priests.

Go to Joseph.
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The Benedictine monk, Father Mark of Vultus Christi posted a somewhat provocative reflection on the accelerated attack upon the Holy Father and the priests of the Roman Catholic Church in this Jubilee Year of the Priest.
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"... The forces of evil are trying desperately to discredit the Holy Father and to disfigure the face of the Church. Days of shame and darkness have come upon Our Lord's beloved priests in so many countries. Could this not be a sign that the attack on the priesthood, that appears to be spreading and growing, is, in fact, in its final stages?
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We are witnessing, I believe, a diabolical onslaught against the Bride of the Lamb, an attempt to destroy her by attacking the most wounded of her ministers in their carnal weaknesses. More than ever, we must pray Our Lord to dispel the powers of darkness with the radiance of His Eucharistic Face. "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face" (Ps 67:2). Our Lord Jesus Christ will undo the destruction wrought by the devil and his human allies, and He will cause His priests and His Spouse the Church to recover a glorious holiness that will confound His enemies and be the beginning of a new era of saints, of martyrs, and of prophets. 
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Could we not offer the Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph for the Joseph whom God has set over the household of His Church: Pope Benedict XVI? It is no coincidence that, in these days of battle against the powers of darkness, the Successor of Peter bears the name of Joseph, protector of the universal Church. The providential designs of God are often revealed in such details." - Fr. Mark Kirby
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Visit Fr. Mark's post, "In our struggle with the powers of darkness" for novena prayers to St. Joseph.

2 comments:

  1. I agree with his sentiments, as you know.

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  2. Maria2:51 PM

    Terry:As you usual, it is only becuase of you that I was made aware of the Novena and, my thanks, as usual. I found out today that not one word spoken by St. Jospeh is recorded in the Bible. I find that kind of fascinating. It seem so fitting in tems of his humility, ie, this lack of fanfare. Also I discovered that Blessed Andre Bessestte is to be canonized this October. He was so devoted to St. Joseph.

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