Sunday, March 17, 2013

Two Saints

Saint Patrick
T oday, although the Fifth Sunday of Lent, is traditionally the day on which we commemorate St. Patrick. As a youth, in spite of his Catholic parents, he was not religious and did not know God. He found God later as a young man after being taken as a slave to Ireland. He eventually escaped and made it home, probably Scotland. God called him to the priesthood, and after some years was ordained a bishop. The pope at that time, under advisement sent him to Ireland. Using the courage that God gave to him, St. Patrick persevered and converted many thousands from paganism to Catholicism. He also ordained many men to the priesthood and episcopacy.

Saint Joseph
On Tuesday, we will commemorate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is an excellent example of many virtues, chief among which is his obedience to God and justice. When he learned of Mary, his betrothed, being with child, he could have had her publicly humiliated and even put to death. But, he decided to break off the engagement privately. When told how Our Lady’s pregnancy came about, he kept his contract of marriage with her. He also obeyed God in saving Jesus from the slaughter of the Holy Innocents by taking Him and Mary to Egypt and by returning to Nazareth when it was safe. He is known for his strong, upright character in protecting and providing for Mary and Jesus. He is the patron saint of a happy death because he most likely died while in their presence.

Saints are most worthy examples for us to imitate. They experienced the same problems that we do; they know the same hopes, fears sufferings and joys -- many times to a much greater extent. They pray for us as they behold almighty God face to face. Let us pray to St. Patrick that more and more we may know the truths of our holy Faith. May we always ask St. Joseph to pray for all fathers and for all of us to have happy deaths, that is, in the grace of God.

We are so fortunate to have a holy Pope elected so quickly.  It shows the unity of the Cardinals under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  God is really taking care of us.  May eternal praise be given to Him, and may we daily pray for Pope Francis.

Father Stanley

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