FAIREST MAIDEN

The Virgin by Joseph Stella

A Rose to all Mothers – living and deceased

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Desert Rose by EcoSeasons

with a Prayer to Holy Mother Mary

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Empress of queens and rescuer of souls,

Pearl of great price

Rose unruined by the cold of death,

Mother of God, holy Virgin, pray for us, O Mary.

– Magnificat May 2019

 

GO TO JOSEPH

Artful Writing

‘The Dream of Saint Joseph’

This moving scene of Joseph and Mary was painted in 1642 by the French Baroque painter Philippe de Champaigne.  Worthy yet rare is a discussion of Joseph as “Mary’s husband known to be a “righteous man” recounting the Christmas story in Matthews 2:18-24.

“Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.”

“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.”

Thus began Joseph’s commitment to protect Mary and her child as they journeyed to Bethlehem and beyond.  As a mighty guardian, we can imitate Joseph’s boundless faith in God to fulfill the duties of our state in life.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O, Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong,

so prompt before the throne of God,

I place in you all my interests and desires.

Saint Joseph, pray for us, Amen

 

A RARE BLOOM

This Kadupul flower grows deep in the forest of Sri Lanka, rare because it blooms only at midnight and dies before dawn.  This amazing flower brings to mind that any prayer is precious in the eyes of God.  Humbly do I share this prayer for you:

Prayer

Today, my life is a gift given, not in years, but a day at a time.  Today is the day the Lord has made for me, and He planned it to be the most important day of my life.

Yesterday is gone, never to return.  I must not worry about it, but leave it in the hands of God.  Tomorrow and all that it holds is God’s secret and its coming is not assured.

Only today is mine.  Each day, arranged by God with infinite wisdom and goodness is His gift, His act of love for me.  In thanksgiving I will offer Him every day the gift of myself – my prayers, works, joys and sufferings.

Dear Lord, receive it graciously.

…from the Salesian Missions…

 

GO TO JOSEPH

Artful Writing

‘The Dream of Saint Joseph’

This moving scene of Joseph and Mary was painted in 1642 by the French Baroque painter Philippe de Champaigne.  Worthy yet rare is a discussion of Joseph as “Mary’s husband known to be a “righteous man” recounting the Christmas story in Matthews 2:18-24.

“Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.”

“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.”

Thus began Joseph’s commitment to protect Mary and her child as they journeyed to Bethlehem and beyond.  As a mighty guardian, we can imitate Joseph’s boundless faith in God to fulfill the duties of our state in life.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O, Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong,

so prompt before the throne of God,

I place in you all my interests and desires.

Saint Joseph, pray for us, Amen

 

STRENGTH AT HAND

Lakota Prayer

“Teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit.

Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.”

…from St. Joseph’s Indian School @ stjo.org/culture