O glorious St. Joseph,
to you God committed the care
of His only begotten Son
amid the many dangers of this world.
We come to you
and ask you to take under your special protection
the children God has given us.
Through holy baptism
they became children of God
and members of His holy Church.
We consecrate them to you today,
O glorious St. Joseph,
Hail! most blessed Jesus,
eternal Son of the Most High God,
Please be merciful to those for whom we pray;
You died on the cross for their sakes,
give rest to their souls.
To whom shall we turn, but to You?
You have the words of the eternal life,
by which You can shorten their sufferings,
and give them eternal rest.
O God, Source and Giver of all things,
who manifests Your infinite majesty,
power and goodness in the earth about us,
we give You honor and glory.
For the sun and rain,
for the manifold fruits of our fields,
for the increase of our herds and flocks,
we thank You.
For the enrichment of our souls with Divine grace,
we are grateful.
Bartimaeus, a beggar, was sitting on the roadside, outside Jericho, blind, begging, isolated, speechless, mute. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by He waited. How long did he wait? We can imagine him straining for the sound of footsteps along the road, hoping for a rising murmur among the crowd to signal Jesus' approach.
Hail Mary, White Lily of the Glorious
and always-serene Trinity.
Hail brilliant Rose of the Garden of heavenly delights:
O, you, by whom God wanted to be born,
and by whose nourishment the King of Heaven thrived.
Nourish our souls with effusions of divine grace.
Father, source of light in every age,
the virgin conceived and bore Your Son
Who is called Wonderful God,
Prince of Peace.
May her prayer,
the gift of a mother's love,
be Your people's joy through all ages.
May her response,
born of a humble heart,
draw Your Spirit to rest on Your people.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Recently I have been fascinated by the news of two black holes circling each other and heading towards a massive explosion. All the physics of it is beyond me but that this happened nine billion years ago is amazing to me.
Once upon a time a young prince has an extensive and beautiful garden. Above all he loved “Bamboo’’ in his grove and used to visit him frequently. Bamboo reveled in his master’s attention. A slight breeze would come and bamboo would gracefully sway with sheer joy. The prince would experience peace of heart when he saw Bamboo’s graceful dance.
I suppose what really attracted me to become an associate with the Society of St. Columban as a lay volunteer was conviction and commitment to the same message that Jesus had started 2,000 years ago, to the same vision of Jesus in building the kingdom. It is not building the kingdom for the Columbans, but the Columbans building the kingdom for Jesus. Being a disciple and apostle of Jesus one has to take a definite position on for whom, what and why we exist as missionaries.
This day is full of beauty and adventure,
help me Lord to be fully alive to it all.
During this day, may I become a more thoughtful person,
a more prayerful person, a more generous and kindly person.
Help me not to be turned in on myself but
to be sensitive and helpful to others.
Let me do nothing today that will hurt anyone,