Is Pope Francis secretly disappointed that St. Michael isn’t driving a “humble car” and feeding the poor?

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Pope Francis said the statue of St. Michael with his sword piercing the devil is “an invitation to reflection and prayer.”

“Michael fights to re-establish divine justice,” he said. “He defends the people of God from their enemies, especially the enemy par excellence, the devil.”

The statue is a reminder that evil never wins, the pope said. The devil’s head is “crushed, because salvation was accomplished once for all with the blood of Christ.”

“In consecrating Vatican City to St. Michael the Archangel, we ask him to defend us from the evil one and cast him out,” the pope said.

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Pope quotes St. Ambrose, speaking about St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Quoting St. Ambrose, Benedict XVI commented that “in Joseph there was amiability and the figure of a just man to make the quality of his witness more worthy.”

The Pope noted that Joseph “did as the angel of the Lord ordered him,” and that he was “certain of doing the right thing.”

“Also,” he added, “giving the name ‘Jesus’ to that child who rules the entire universe, he enters into the ranks of the faithful and humble servants, like the angels and prophets, like the martyrs and the apostles — in the words of ancient eastern hymns. St. Joseph proclaims the wonders of the Lord, witnessing Mary’s virginity, the gratuitous deed of God, and caring for the earthly life of the Messiah.”

The Holy Father said that the Church “venerate[s] the legal father of Jesus, because the new man takes form in him, who looks to the future with confidence and courage, does not follow his own project, but entrusts himself totally to the infinite mercy of him who fulfills the prophecies and inaugurates the season of salvation.”

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Pelosi mistakenly invokes St. Joseph on pro-abortion Health Bill

Pelosi said that Friday March 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It’s not. That day is May 1st. Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

Pelosi also claimed that if St. Joseph was alive, he would support her Health Care legislation. (Not a chance!) Then she went on to brag of  the unqualified support of Catholic women’s religious orders … which is not only untrue but also irrelevant.

I’ve always believed that St. Joseph is one of the greatest and most unappreciated of the saints. After this last Pelosi stunt, we can only hope that the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus will powerfully intercede for us on the side of truth and life.

I’m predicting that the deciding “NO” vote on the Health Care Bill, or it’s ultimate demise in the courts, will now (somehow) be inevitably linked with the name of “Joseph”!

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The Solemnity of St. Joseph

Today, March 19, 2010, is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary; it is also a Friday during the season of Lent.

According to Canon Law 1251, the obligation to abstain from meat is lifted, therefore it is permissible to eat meat today or voluntarily observe Lenten abstinence on Fridays.

Have a blessed Feast of Saint Joseph!

Thanks to American Catholic for this post

The prophet Ezekiel, the closed Eastern Gate, Jesus, and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Many ancient theologians such as Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine (and most of the Eastern Fathers) interpreted Ezekiel’s prophecy about the Temple’s closed eastern gate as a prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ. According to Ezekiel, only the Messianic lord/king/priest could enter through this eastern gate of the Temple.

“Then He brought me back
to the outer gate of the Sanctuary,
which faces East;
and it was shut.
And He said to me,
“This gate shall remain shut;
it shall not be opened,
and no man shall enter by it;
for the Lord, the God of Israel,
has entered by it;
therefore it shall remain shut.
Only the Prince may sit in it
to eat bread before the Lord;
He shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate,
and shall go out the same way” (Ezek 44:1-3).

As the Catholic Church teaches, the Blessed Virgin Mary is perpetually a virgin – she did not have relations with Joseph after Christ’s birth in accordance with the prophecy of Ezekiel: “and no man shall enter by it; for the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered by it; therefore it shall remain shut.”

God entered creation through her womb and it was hallowed in this profound mystery. The “Prince” who is Jesus “sits in it to eat bread before the Lord.” Christ was nourished in the darkness of her womb. He gained the flesh and blood that He would offer on the cross to His Father. The “bread” reference refers to Bethlehem (which means “house of bread”). It also points forward to the supersubstantial bread of the Holy Eucharist which is His flesh and blood.

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Some swine in Auckland, New Zealand have decided to grab some cheap publicity by desecrating the Mother of God and St. Joseph at Christmas time

To help set the record straight:

“No Heavenly gift is given to men which does not pass through her virginal hands. Such indeed is the will of God … Such are the views of the Church and the early Fathers.” – St. Louis de Montfort

What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ. – Catechism of the Catholic Church (487)

(Located in the Church of St Stanislaus Kostka in Chicago, the Iconic Monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy is thought to be the largest monstrance in the world. The entire Icon sits nine feet high. The host is 1-foot in diameter.)

View a short slide show of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy

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Pray:

Act of Reparation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God’s handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins.

Amen.

Thanks to Donald R. McClarey at American Catholic for his post on this.

Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, controversy

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Dublin, Ireland, Oct 29, 2009 / 06:35 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Tuam has responded to an alleged visionary who predicted that another Marian apparition would take place at the Shrine of Knock, warning that recent gatherings inspired by his claims could obscure the “authentic identity” and “essential message” of the shrine.

The Shrine of Knock is at the site of an 1879 apparition where Mary, Joseph and St. John appeared to several laymen.

Joe Coleman of Dublin had predicted an apparition would take place on Oct. 11 at the Shrine of Knock church. He claimed the Virgin Mary said 50,000 would attend.

“I have seen her twice in recent months in the Gable chapel at Knock,” Coleman had told the Mayo News. “The statue comes alive, she opens her arms, a lovely pink cloak comes around her, there are stars above her head, she turned into Jesus, then to Padre Pio and then back to herself. While the vision is happening, I can see nothing else in the chapel.”

Coleman claimed he and several others had previously witnessed Marian apparitions. He also spoke of the great need for reconciliation and returning to churches.

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