Joseph the Worker

438px-Georges_de_La_Tour._St._Joseph,_the_CarpenterHumanity is like God not only in thinking and loving, but also in creating. Whether we make a table or a cathedral, we are called to bear fruit with our hands and mind, ultimately for the building up of the Body of Christ.

“The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15). The Father created all and asked humanity to continue the work of creation. We find our dignity in our work, in raising a family, in participating in the life of the Father’s creation. Joseph the Worker was able to help participate in the deepest mystery of creation. Pius XII emphasized this when he said, “The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work. Thus, if you wish to be close to Christ, we again today repeat, ‘Go to Joseph’” (see Genesis 41:44).

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If you wish to be close to Jesus, “Go to Joseph” (see Genesis 41:44)

Daily Offering for your Life like Saint Agnes

Saint Agnes: the Patron of Challenge

132-year-old tradition—the Blessing of the Lambs and Saint Agnes
Every year on her feast day (January 21), lambs–a sign of Saint Agnes’s purity–are blessed at the basilica, and their wool is then used to create palliums, the distinctive garments given by the Pope to archbishops to show their unity with the Holy Father.

Feast of the Holy Family

Follow God’s commandments to honor father and mother.

Show Christian love for our spouses and honor and obey each other.

Try not to discourage ourchildren

Live the call as a Christian parent providing children physical, emotional and spiritual needs

Help them grow in faith and love for God.

Teaching our children how to act as parents.

Family is love in action. When we show our children the love we have for them and for God, we teach them how to love others.

Family is God’s gift to us. Our gift in return is to strive to follow the footsteps of Joseph and Mary as we parent our children each day.


An English Lullaby for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Coventry Carol

This beautiful English lullaby carol originated in the Coventry Corpus Christi Mystery Plays performed in the 15th century. In a play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, the women of Bethlehem sing this song just before Herod’s soldiers come to slaughter their children. It tells the story of the murder of the Holy Innocents, and is sung on December 28, the feast of those tiny martyrs.

Lully, Lullay, thou little tiny child.
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay thou little tiny child
Bye, bye, lully, lullay

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing
Bye, bye lully, lullay

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

Then woe is me, poor child, for thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye lully, lullay.

Little Flower, The Eucharistic, & The Way of Perfection

Saint Teresa of Avila’s Feast Day – October 15

Saint Teresa of Avila lived in a time quite similar to ours, when the Christians of her own country needed to hear the message of the Gospel preached with renewed vigor.

Video about Saint Teresa of Avila