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The Feast of St. Joseph

On the Feast of Saint Joseph it is the custom in some places to bless bread, pastries, and other food and give a large portion of it to the poor. Many parishes have a Saint Joseph’s Table – Italian food is often a favorite for this celebration.

Always a blessing to celebrate a feast with a shared meal

Always a blessing to celebrate a feast with a shared meal

On St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

– Irish Blessing

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Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales

If at prayer we do nothing but drive away temptations and distractions, our prayer is well made.

-St. Francis de Sales, Conformity to the Will of God

No matter the distractions - pray anyway

No matter the distractions – pray anyway

We Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

La Virgen de Guadalupe

La Virgen de Guadalupe

Today is the Feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe. I share a stylized image from a photo that I took in the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and I had to include a YouTube video of the people in the cathedral in Mexico City singing “Las Mañitas,” which is traditionally sung in la madrugada (early in the morning). After all, the words, “Despierta, Madre, despierta” are meant to awaken her! The processions, the prayers, and the Mass are also customarily followed with tamales and champurado (a very special chocolate drink)!

¡Con mucho gusto!

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And the lyrics to the song are:

Las Mañanitas

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Madre, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.

Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.

 

On the Feast of All Saints

Whenever I think of the saints, especially that large number of unnamed women and men who have gone before us, and on whose shoulders we stand, I always remember this passage from the 12th chapter of the Book of Hebrews.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the the sin that so easily besets us, running with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

In this fresco from a ceiling in the Vatican, Mary is surrounded by Dominican saints

In this fresco from a ceiling in the Vatican, Mary is surrounded by Dominican saints

Happy All Hallows Eve

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This tree may look dead, but it is just waiting

What truths can we take from Halloween? First of all all faiths and all cultures honor their ancestors – those who have gone before them. So while the ghosts and the goblins (along with whatever is in fashion this year) take a moment to honor and be grateful for the customs and the lessons that  your forebears gave to you. On this Eve of All Saints Day, this All Hallows Eve, we hallow the memory of all the saints, including Grandma and Grandpa and the legacy they left behind. It is good to also remember the struggles they overcame (and those they didn’t) so we can learn from their lessons and mistakes.  Remember their goodness, their love, and their words.

Halloween is a time for us to reflect on the gifts our loved ones have left us. May we never forget them. And as we remember, we celebrate life.

 


Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

The Spanish countryside and bright red poppies, with which St. Teresa would have become well accustomed on her journeys

The Spanish countryside and bright red poppies, with which St. Teresa would have become well accustomed on her journeys

Saint Teresa of Avila was a very strong woman who reformed the Carmelite Order, and is one of the three women doctors of the Church, along with Saints Therese of Lisieux (another Carmelite) and Catherine of Siena (a Dominican).

For prayer is nothing else than being on the terms of friendship with God.

– St. Teresa of Avila