May 1st – reflection Mary and St. Joseph the Worker

Picture2National Day of Prayer – May 1st

Guest blogger: Fr. Rusty

Dear Friends,

A recent edition of the Smithsonian Magazine commented that the novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote that “you can’t go home again”.  He partly meant that we can never recapture the mind-set of our youth.  The commentary was added that our compensation of life experiences allows us to see the old and familiar with fresh eyes.

The same issue of that publication also ran a story on “The First Wonder Woman” and prominently mentioned the strikingly  beautiful woman featured int he comics, movies and literaries.  She was cescribed as “the type of woman who should rule the world”.

What we want to do is to look not at the character of the woman challenger of Batman and Superman, but at the true wonder woman of all time.  Let us look at Mary, Our Blessed Mother, with fresh eyes and once again be amazed at the power that she possesses. She is the mysterious woman of the Apocalypse, with the crescent of the moon under her feet and the diadem of stars on her head.

Mary’s closeness to Jesus from the crib at Bethlehem, to the cross of Calvary, to her throne in heaven gives us an indicative of her position of influence with her Son.  In our prayers, e tap into that relationship in that we too are her sons and daughters.  Her motherhood to Jesus and ourselves is the strong pedestal on which all our devotion and invocations to Mary stand.  Her influence o nour behalf is akin to th epull of the moon the the ocean tides.

Ecce Mater Tua
Behold they Mother
Jesus words to St. John and to us!

Let us continue to pray for each other and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.


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May 1
St. Joseph the Worker

 Apparently in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955. But the relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers has a much longer history.

In a constantly necessary effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary human life, the Church has from the beginning proudly emphasized that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by Joseph in both the satisfactions 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.


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