Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Quote/s of the Day – 15 November – The Memorial of St Albert the Great (1200-1  280) Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”)

Known as Doctor Universalis (“Universal Doctor”) for the extraordinary depth of his knowledge and learning, Albertus Magnus wrote extensively on numerous subjects. Here are some words of wisdom from a variety of his writings.

“Anyone who receives this Sacrament, 
with the devotion of sincere faith,
will never taste death.”anyone who receives this sacrament - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“The greater and more persistent,
your confidence in God, the more
abundantly you will receive, all that you ask.”the greater and more persistent - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“I have never gone out, to mingle with the world, 
without losing something of myself.”i have never gone out to mingle - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“The surest and quickest way
to attain perfection, is to strive,
for purity of heart.
Once the obstacles have been removed,
God finds a clear path and does wonders,
both in and through the soul.”the-surest-and-quickest-way-st-albert-the-great-15-nov-2017

“Above all, one should accept everything,
in general and individually, in oneself or in others,
agreeable or disagreeable,
with a prompt and confident spirit,
as coming from the hand of His infallible Providence
or the order He has arranged.”

On Cleaving to Godabove all, one should accept - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“It is by the path of love, which is charity,
that God draws near to man and man to God.
But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell.
If, then, we possess charity, we posses God,
for ‘God is Charity’ (1 John 4:8).”st albert the great - it is by the path of love - 15 nov 2016

“Mary is the Divine Page
on which the Father
wrote the Word of God,
His Son.”mary is the divine page - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

“Saint Joseph was the just man
by his constant fidelity, an effect of justice;
by his perfect discretion, a sister to prudence;
by his upright conduct, a mark of strength
and by his inviolable chastity, a flower of temperance.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Churchst joseph was the just man - st albert the great - 15 nov 2018

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Thought for the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

Thought for the Day – 24 October – The Memorial of St Luigi Guanella (1842-1915)

St Luigi and St Joseph – “The Pious Union of St Joseph”

In his daily life, Fr Guanella had a great devotion to St Joseph, custodial father of Jesus and safeguard of the virginity of Mary, his wife, the Mother of God.   He reminded his priests and nuns that St Joseph is the administrator of all their homes.   All superiors must have the love and care of St Joseph, as well as the kindness and gentleness of Mary, in dealing with the residents.

His love and care had no limit.   His dear impaired people were assisted to the very end. When he was home, it was his duty to give his blessing for the dying.   His motto was, “Let us give them bread and paradise” and this was implanted in the hearts of all his nuns and priests.

In Rome, six years before his death and physically tired by his work, Fr Guanella was inspired to build a Church and start an Association in honour of St Joseph, patron of the dying.   Pope Pius X, a very close friend, expressed a desire to have a church in Trionfale, a very poor area near the Vatican.   The Pope’s desire strengthened Fr Guanella’sown ideas.   Trusting to divine providence, he put a down payment on the land and the foundation was immediately begun.   On the property, there was a barn which became the first Chapel of St Joseph.   The people called it the ‘Basilichetta’ (small Basilica.)     In 1912, Fr Guanella announced to the Pope that the Church was completed in honour of St Joseph and His Holiness, whose baptismal name was Joseph Sarto.

The Pope admired Fr Guanella for his courage and devotion to St Joseph and when he heard about the Pious Union Association of prayers for the dying, he said to Fr Luigi, “Please make me the first member.”


In 1913, Pope Pius X gave his approval, making the Church of the Pious Union the main centre for all the universal church.   His beloved Pope Pius X died in 1914, one year before Fr Guanella’s own death.   The two saints understood each other so well.

St Joseph, Pray for us!st joseph pray for us - 6 jan 2018

St Pope Pius X, Pray for Us!st-pius-x-pray-for-us-21 aug 2017 no 2

St Luigi Guanella, Pray for Us!st-luigi-guanella-pray-for-us-2


One Minute Marian Reflection – 13 May – “Mary’s Month” – The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

One Minute Marian Reflection – 13 May – “Mary’s Month” – The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and the Feasts of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Help, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Memorial of the Dedication of the Minor Basilica of Saint Mary of the Martyrs (Pantheon)

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom and the favour of God was upon him...Luke 2:40

REFLECTION – “MARY:  HER HIDDEN LIFE WITH JESUS:   I like to go back in my imagination, to the years Jesus spent close to his mother, years which span almost the whole of His life on earth.   I like to picture Him as a little child, cared for by Mary, who kisses Him and plays with Him. I like to see Him growing up, before the loving eyes of His mother and of Joseph, His father on earth.   What tenderness and care Mary and the holy Patriarch must have shown toward Jesus, as they looked after Him during His childhood, all the while, silently, learning so much from Him.   Their souls, would become more and more like the soul of that Son, who was both man and God.   This is why His mother and after her St Joseph, understand better than anyone, the feelings of the heart of Christ and the two of them. are thus, the best way, I would say the only way, to reach the Saviour.”…St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) “Mother of God and Our Mother,” Friends of God, 281

Let us offer to our Mother today:
The effort of doing our ordinary work well, on time, with competence and finesse.what tenderness and care - st josemaria - 13 may 2018

PRAYER – Let us praise You, Lord, with voice and mind and deed and since life itself is Your gift, may all we have and are be Yours.   May Your Mother Lord Jesus, teach us as You taught her.   Grant we pray that Mary, Your Mother and ours and Mother of all the Church, Your Mystical Body,  will take us all to Your heart, with St Joseph by her side.   Mary, most Holy, pray for us.   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus, the Christ in union with You, Holy Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.holy mary mother of god - pray for us - 13 may 2018

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Quote of the Day – 1 May – Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Joseph the Worker

Quote of the Day – 1 May – Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Joseph the Worker

“Work done grudgingly, is servitude.

Work done willingly, is service.

Work done lovingly, is a Sacrament!”

Unknownwork done grudgingly - 1 may 2018 - st joseph the worker - unknown author


Memorial of St Joseph the Worker – 1 May

Memorial of St Joseph the Worker – 1 May

“May Day” has long been dedicated as a special day for labour and working people.  The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to Christianise labour and give all workers a model and a protector.

By the daily labour in his shop, St. Joseph provided for the necessities of his holy spouse and of the Incarnate Son of God and thus became a role model for labourers.   The liturgy for this feast celebrates the right to work and this is a message that needs to be heard and heeded in our modern society.   How did this connection with St Joseph the Worker, which is nearly as old as Christianity, get made?San_Giuseppe_G

In an effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary life, the Church has from the beginning proudly emphasised that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by Joseph in the satisfaction and the drudgery of that vocation.

Humanity 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.   In addition to this, there is a special dignity and value to the work of caring for the family.

An excerpt from the Vatican II document on the modern world said, “Where men and women, in the course of gaining a livelihood for themselves and their families, offer appropriate service to society, they can be confident that their personal efforts promote the work of the Creator, confer benefits on their fellowmen, and help to realise God’s plan in history.”

St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) composed this prayer to St Joseph, patron of working people, that expresses concisely the Christian attitude toward labour.   It summarises also for us the lessons of the Holy Family’s work at Nazareth.

Let us Pray:

Glorious St Joseph,
model of all who devote their lives to labour,
obtain for me the grace to work,
in the spirit of penance, in order thereby,
to atone for my many sins;
to work conscientiously,
setting devotion to duty in preference to my own whims;
to work with thankfulness and joy,
deeming it an honour to employ
and to develop, by my labour,
the gifts I have received from God;
to work with order, peace, moderation and patience,
without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties;
to work above all with a pure intention
and with detachment from self,
having always before my eyes,
the hour of death and the accounting
which I must then render of time ill spent,
of talents wasted, of good omitted
and of vain complacency in success,
which is so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary,
all in imitation of you, O Patriarch Joseph!
This shall be my motto in life and in death,

More info on Patronages etc here : to st joseph the worker - st pope pius X - 1 may 2018


Memorial of St Joseph the Worker, Feast of the Madonna of Giubino and Memorials of the Saints – 1 May

St Joseph the Worker (Optional Memorial)

Madonna of Giubino:

The Church of the Madonna of Giubino was built in 1721 to house a miraculous marble-relief icon of the Madonna, which is brought to a country chapel during the summer.   (A copy of the relief is housed in the Church of St Joseph in Brooklyn, New York, giving testimony to the large emigrant community of Calatafimesi who lived in Brooklyn in the early 20th century).   The Church of Maria Santissima di Giubino is dedicated to the patroness of the town.   It has a single nave, with an elegant barrel vault decorated with frescoes and ornamental motifs.   Inside it there are some important works: the painting with the Assumption, Our Lady with Angels and Saints dated 1617, the altar-piece of All Saints, an 18th-century wooden organ and a 15th-century marble alto-rilievo representing Madonna of Giubino with the Infant Jesus.   In 1655 an invasion of grasshoppers was destroying all the crops in the countryside of Calatafimi: the people, assembled in a Church, decided that, after putting all the names of the saints who had an altar in town inside a ballot box, they would choose as a patron that one whose name had been drawn.   After they invoked the Holy Ghost, it was chosen the name of Maria Santissima di Giubino by lots.   The central part of the triptych with the image of the Virgin was soon taken out from the wall in the country church of Giubino and taken in procession:  Calatafimi was free from grasshoppers.   Maria Santissima di Giubino was elected patroness of the town (25 April 1655) and the bas-relief of the Virgin of Giubino was then placed on the high altar of the new Church, designed by Giovanni Biagio Amico (the same planner of the Church of Santissimo Crocifisso) in 1721.   In 1931 the triptych was recomposed in the town sanctuary and restored. There was a new restoration of the Church in 1978.

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St Aceolus of Amiens
St Acius of Amiens
St Aldebrandus of Fossombrone
St Amator of Auxerre
St Ambrose of Ferentino
St Andeolus of Smyrna
Bl Arigius of Gap
St Arnold of Hiltensweiler
St Asaph of Llanelwy
St Augustine Schöffler
St Benedict of Szkalka
St Bertha of Avenay
St Bertha of Kent
St Brieuc of Brittany
St Ceallach of Killala
St Cominus of Catania
Evermarus of Rousson
Bl Felim O’Hara
St Grata of Bergamo
St Isidora of Egypt
St Jeremiah the Prophet
St John-Louis Bonnard
Bl Klymentii Sheptytskyi
St Marculf
St Orentius of Auch
St Orentius of Loret
St Patientia of Loret
St Peregrine Laziosi (1260-1345) Incorrupt
Bl Petronilla of Moncel
St Richard Pampuri
St Romanus of Baghdad
St Sigismund of Burgundy
St Theodard of Narbonne
St Thorette
St Torquatus of Guadix
Bl Vivald of Gimignano


Thought for the Day 19 March – The Solemnity of the Feast of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church Go to Joseph

Thought for the Day 19 March – The Solemnity of the Feast of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church

Go to Joseph

By Fr Francis Peffley

Joseph the Just Man

St John Paul in his apostolic exhortation “The Guardian of the Redeemer” calls Joseph the just man.   What does that mean?   It means that he was a holy man.   A righteous man.  A man of honesty, integrity, and virtue.    St Joseph is the greatest and holiest saint after the Blessed Mother herself.   In fact, some of the Doctors of the Church said that there was no grace ever given to any of the Saints (except Mary) that was not given to St Joseph as well.

St. Thomas Aquinas says that God gives grace proportionate to our office and to our state in life.   So if you are a husband and father, you will be given the grace to be a holy husband and father.   When someone has been ordained a priest he will be given the grace to be a priest.   Think how much grace St Joseph received to be the foster father of the Son of God and the virginal spouse of the Immaculate Conception.   So St Joseph is that just man.   He is the greatest of Saints because he was the closest one to Jesus and to the Blessed Mother.

As fathers and husbands you are called to holiness ‑ an obligation of every member of the Church.   It is not just the priests and nuns but everyone who is called to holiness. Every single person has this vocation ‑ the universal call to holiness.   We should ask ourselves, “Am I developing the virtues that St. Joseph has? Am I developing the integrity and character of St. Joseph?”

Joseph the Obedient one.

Joseph was truly obedient to the will of God in his life.   The Angel said, “Have no fear about taking Mary to be your wife.”   As soon as Joseph knew God’s will for him, he obeyed.   When the angel told Joseph that Herod was planning to destroy the child, Joseph immediately got up and began the flight to Egypt.

Some people ask if St Joseph was old.   This is due to the apocryphal writings of the early church, ancient writings which were not divinely inspired, or approved by the Church as Sacred Scripture.   These ancient writings say that when Joseph married the Blessed Mother he was 89 years old and that he died at the age of 111.   There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that St Joseph was so old.   We can be assured that Mary didn’t have to push St Joseph in a wheel chair through the desert.   Actually, I believe that Joseph was young and strong.   Obviously older than the Blessed Mother;  perhaps in his 20s or 30s. He was her guardian and protector. Scripture speaks about Mary’s betrothal to a man named Joseph.   It does not say he was an old man, as Simeon or Zachary.   So Joseph wasn’t as old as some would like to claim him to be.   Even in the ancient catacomb of Priscilla, Joseph was drawn without a beard showing him to be a young man.

But Joseph was an obedient man.   Whenever he was warned in a dream he always obeyed the will of God.   He never questioned Divine Providence.   Even though Mary was 8 3/4 months pregnant, Joseph had to believe it was God’s will for them to leave Nazareth and go down to Bethlehem.   This was to fulfil the prophecy of Micah that the Saviour would be born in Bethlehem.   Joseph abandoned himself to the will of God.   Ask yourself these questions:   “Am I obedient to the will of God?   Am I obedient to the Ten Commandments?   Am I obedient to the teaching of Christ and the teachings of the Church on marriage and family life?”   Go to St. Joseph to become obedient sons of the Church.

Joseph the Silent One.

There are no recorded words of St Joseph in the entire Bible.   There are words in the Old Testament for the great patriarch that we can apply to St Joseph.   But in the New Testament there are no recorded words for St Joseph.   He’s always there, though, as a silent presence.   In fact, even his death is wrapped in silence.   There is no account as to how Joseph was buried.   He’s a man of silence.   A strong man.   A man with a deep interior life.   Silence in our life helps us develop a life of prayer.   Joseph was a man of prayer who listened to the word of God.   He was not distracted by the many exterior things ‑ he was always a man of interior life.   Why?   Because God lived in his very house.

We picture St Joseph as a silent worker, as a craftsman, who suffered in silence as well. He did not complain and he did not grow angry at God and say, “Why are you doing this, why do we have to flee to Egypt?”   He was a man who accepted these things in silence. We should ask ourselves, “Do I have enough silence in my life?   Do I spend enough time in prayer with Jesus?   Do I listen to Jesus when he speaks to me during the Sunday readings?   Do I spend time in the Blessed Sacrament chapel listening to Jesus who is truly present?   Do I use my speech for lying, gossiping or backbiting?   Or, do I truly follow St. Joseph by being a man of integrity and silence?”

Joseph the Example.

Imagine the kind of man Joseph was.   God the Father picked Joseph out of the whole human race to be the man to raise his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.   When you get a babysitter you don’t just pick anyone, even if it is for only a few hours.   Imagine entrusting your only son to the care of another person.   That is why adoption agencies have to be careful in selecting to whom they entrust other people’s children.   That is why God chose the very best.   He chose St Joseph to be a great example.

St Joseph was an example to Jesus in his words and in his actions.   He has been called the World’s Greatest Father.   Joseph was truly a father to Jesus in every way except for physical generation.   He was the father who taught Jesus how to speak, how to read and how to make doors and ploughs.   Note the example that St Joseph gave the Christ child and remember the saying, “Your example shouts so loudly I cannot hear what you say.” Isn’t that the way children look at their parents?   What was the example that St. Joseph gave to the Christ child?   He was the perfect example, the world’s greatest father, the educator of Jesus.

Joseph homeschooled Jesus and taught him the virtues.   This was the Son of God who always had the beatific vision but (as the catechism says) He had to grow in the experiential and had to develop as a boy develops.   Jesus looked up to St Joseph, even imitating his mannerisms.   Let us ask ourselves, “What examples are we giving? What example do you give to your wife? To your children?   Do you teach your children the faith? Do you study your own Catholic Faith by reading at least 10 ‑ 20 minutes every day?   Do you make good use of your travel time to deepen your faith, so you can be a good example to your wife and children?   Do you go on retreats?   Are you living out your vocation as leader of your family?”

Joseph the Protector and Patron.

St Joseph is our benefactor who prays for us.   Joseph is the patron Saint of fathers, husbands and workers.   We should always pray that we will have the same kind of death that St Joseph had, dying in the arms of Jesus and Mary.   He is the patron Saint of a happy death, which means dying in the arms of Jesus and Mary and Holy Mother Church.   Go to St. Joseph for the grace of a happy death.

He is also the patron Saint of the universal Church.   Everything that St Joseph did for Jesus he now does for the Church.   Why?   Because the Catholic Church is the mystical body of Christ himself.   The Blessed Mother is the mother of the Church and St Joseph is the foster father and guardian of the Church.

St Joseph lately has become the patron Saint of selling houses.   I have to wonder about Aunt Selma selling her house by burying a statue of St Joseph facing east.   I have to wonder if that is what God really wants us to do.   If you want to sell your house, place a statue of St. Joseph on your mantle and do a nine-day novena to him.   You don’t have to suffocate the guy!   Keep him there and ask his intercession.   He will help you sell your house or keep your job in every way.   Remember that Joseph is the protector and the guardian of the whole Church, as well as ourselves as individuals.   Ask yourself the question, “Do I pray to St. Joseph every day?   Do I pray to him for a happy death?”   Pray to him for your whole family that you will have a happy death.   And ask St. Joseph to help you protect your family from all the immorality on TV or in the media.

St Joseph the Helper of the Blessed Mother.

St Joseph was the virginal spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   In God’s plan of salvation he was a loving husband, kind, considerate, affectionate and self-sacrificing.   St Joseph had an awesome responsibility with the Blessed Virgin.   They worked as a team.   St Joseph had the responsibility for spiritual leadership since he was the head of the family. God’s message from the angel was revealed to him even though the Blessed Mother was much holier through her Immaculate Conception.   Obviously, Jesus as the Son of God and creator was far greater but St. Joseph was chosen because he was the head of that family, just as every one of you is the spiritual head of your family.

Joseph and Mary worked as a team.   Remember TEAM spells “Together Everyone Achieves More.”   Develop teamwork with your wife.   I love the story that Zig Zigler tells of courtship after marriage using the example of Belgian horses.   These huge Belgian horses could only pull 8,000 pounds individually.   But when they are harnessed together, two horses working together can pull 32,000 pounds of weight.   Isn’t that amazing?   It almost defies every law of mathematics.   So when you are joined with your spouse in an effort to move your family towards God, you will accomplish much more than if you were to do it individually.   Ask yourself this question, “Am I a helper to my spouse?” Your vocation is really to get your spouse and your children to Heaven.   This is your ultimate vocation in life.

Let us reflect on St Joseph:  that Just man, that loving leader, that Obedient man;   let us reflect on his Silence, his Example and his Patronage of our own lives and of the Church, and let us to try to imitate St Joseph the Helper of Mary.

God bless you.

Happy and Blessed Solemnity of the Great St Joseph!blessed solemnity of st joseph - 19 march 2018

Fr Francis Peffley currently serves as parochial vicar at Saint John the Apostle in Leesburg, Virginia.