POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH ON HIS FEAST DAY

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH ON HIS FEAST DAY

Dear brothers and sisters, I join in the prayer that the Episcopal Conference wanted to promote, as a sign of unity for the whole country. In this unprecedented situation, in which everything seems to falter, let us help ourselves to remain firm in what really matters. It is an indication of the path that I find in many letters from your Pastors who, in sharing such a dramatic moment, try to support your hope and your faith with their word.

The prayer of the Rosary is the prayer of the humble and of the saints who, in its mysteries, contemplate with Mary the life of Jesus, the merciful face of the Father. And how much need we all have to be truly consoled, to feel enveloped by his presence of love! The truth of this experience is measured in the relationship with others, who at this moment coincide with the closest family members: let’s get close to each other, exercising first of all charity, understanding, patience, forgiveness.

By necessity our spaces may have shrunk to the walls of the house, but have a bigger heart, where the other can always find availability and welcome.

Tonight we pray together, entrusting ourselves to the intercession of St. Joseph, Custos, Guardian, of the Holy Family, Custos of each of our families. The carpenter of Nazareth also experienced precariousness and bitterness, concern for tomorrow; but he was able to walk in the darkness of certain moments, always letting himself be guided unreservedly by the will of God.

Protect, Holy Guardian, this country of ours.

Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they – like you – can take care of the people entrusted to their responsibility.

Give the intelligence of science to those who seek adequate means for the health and physical well-being of the brothers.

Support those who spend themselves on the needy: the volunteers, nurses, doctors, who are at the forefront of treating the sick, even at the cost of their own safety.

Bless the Church, St. Joseph, starting with her ministers, make her a sign and instrument of your light and your goodness. Accompany families, St. Joseph, with your prayerful silence, build harmony between parents and children, especially the little ones.

Preserve the elderly from loneliness: ensure that no one is left in despair of abandonment and discouragement.

Comfort those who are most fragile, encourage those who vacillate, intercede for the poor.

With the Virgin Mother, beg the Lord to free the world from any form of pandemic. Amen.

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JOIN POPE FRANCIS TONIGHT AS THE WORLD PRAYS FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS

JOIN POPE FRANCIS TONIGHT AS THE WORLD PRAYS FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS

From the Holy See Press Office: As announced yesterday during the general audience, this evening at 9.00 pm the Holy Father, from the Santa Marta residence, will join the Rosary promoted by the Italian Bishops and introduce the prayer with a message in which he invites every family, every faithful, every religious community to ask the Lord to take care of every family in a special way, especially the sick and the people who are taking care of them: “This evening we pray together, entrusting ourselves to the intercession of St. Joseph, Custos, guardian, of the Holy Family, caretakers of all our families. The carpenter of Nazareth also experienced precariousness and bitterness, concern for tomorrow; but he was able to walk in the darkness of certain moments, always letting himself be guided unreservedly by the will of God. ”

(JFL: Because we are under embargo now, I will place Pope Francis’ full remarks on this site at 9 pm this evening, Rome time.

Place a candle or some form of light in one or more windows of your home as you recite the rosary. A suggestion could be the battery-run candles that flicker as if burning but there is no real flame. Ora pro nobis!)

A TEACHER’S LETTER TO PARENTS

A TEACHER’S LETTER TO PARENTS

A Letter to Parents and Teachers from retired Italian university professor, Vittoriano Caporale. He wrote this during the coronavirus crisis in Italy when schools were closed and students asked to work from home, “distance learning.”

“Dear Moms and Dads, dear teachers, dear friends, I am hearing that many of you are complaining and worrying because ‘the children do not carry out the assigned tasks and do not study as usual. I tell you with all my heart and with pedagogical science and didactic experience acquired in 50 years of teaching at university ‘: IT DOES NOT MATTER!

In these days your children-students are learning what Bitonto’s pedagogist Giovanni Modugno called ‘the science of life,’ a science that wordy, abstract, mnemonic and bureaucratic schools do not teach!

– They are learning to face unexpected difficulties, to give up the freedom of movement and friendly relationships for the common good, to understand that health is an asset to be safeguarded even if it involves many sacrifices and the reduction of daily habits.

– They are learning the values of WAITING and HOPING.

– They are appreciating everything that each house offers: books, toys, TV, dogs, cats, birds and other animals and things.

– They are learning to pray, to understand that humanity is one big family that suffers and hopes, beyond geographical borders.

– They are learning the importance of solidarity that can be strengthened with a smile, with an affectionate word, with memory. .

– They are learning that cell phones, tablets and other technologies make them feel less alone, able to communicate with friends near and far, to express our feelings and to love each other more. I greet you all with the affection of an elderly professor of history of education, father and grandfather.”