Pope Francis on St Joseph
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Pope Francis on St Joseph

If the first stage of all true interior healing is to accept our personal history and embrace even the things in life that we did not choose, we must now add another important element: creative courage. This emerges especially in the way we deal with difficulties. In the face of difficulty, we can either give…

Novena to St. Joseph: An Updated Portrait
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Novena to St. Joseph: An Updated Portrait

Saint Joseph Updated What we know about St. Joseph .These last few decades the focus on the historical personality of Jesus has become strong, as our archeological and cultural knowledge of Nazareth and Galilea grew. These have made us better understand the implications of the Gospel stories. We can see that Joseph must have played…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 7: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 7: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde Extract No 7 A father in the shadows. The Polish writer Jan Dobraczynski, in his book The Shadow of the Father,[241 tells the story ofSaint Joseph’s life in the form of a novel. He uses the evocative image of a shadow to define Joseph. In his relationship to Jesus, Joseph was…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 6: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 6: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde Extract No 6 A working father An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasized from the time of the first social Encyclical, Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, is his relation to work. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family. From him, Jesus…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 5: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 5: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde Extract No 5 A creatively courageous father If the first stage of all true interior healing is to accept our personal history and embrace even the things in life that we did not choose, we must now add another important element: creative courage. This emerges especially in the way we deal…

John Allen Analyses Papal Trip to Iraq and 8 years at the Helm
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John Allen Analyses Papal Trip to Iraq and 8 years at the Helm

Novena to St. Joseph Day 4: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 4: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde Extract No 4 An accepting father Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the angel’s words. “The nobility of Joseph’s heart is such that what he learned from the law he made dependent on charity. Today, in our world where psychological, verbal and physical violence towards women is so evident, Joseph…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 3: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 3: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde Extract No 3 An obedient father. As he had done with Mary, God revealed his saving plan to Joseph. He did so by using dreams, which in the Bible and among all ancient peoples, were considered a way for him to make his will known.[13l Joseph was deeply troubled by Mary’s…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 2: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 2: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde Extract No 2 A tender loving father Joseph saw Jesus grow daily “in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favour” (Lk 2:52). As the Lord had done with Israel, so Joseph did with Jesus: he taught him to walk, taking him by the hand; he was for him…

On Re-Imaging St. Joseph
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On Re-Imaging St. Joseph

Although my own childhood parish was dedicated to St Joseph, he didn’t ever get much of a look-in there, living in the shadow (or the hangover) of St Patrick’s feast day two days earlier. In any case, an elderly chap carrying a lily, most frequently described as the Blessed Virgin’s “spouse most chaste”, wasn’t the…

Novena to St. Joseph Day 1: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
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Novena to St. Joseph Day 1: Extracts from Pope Francis’ Patris Corde

Pope Francis: Patris Corde (extract 1) A beloved father The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In thisway, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of2 salvation”.[7] Saint Paul VI pointed out that Joseph…

Pope Francis in Iraq: An Emblematic Synthesis of this Papacy
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Pope Francis in Iraq: An Emblematic Synthesis of this Papacy

Every papal trip is, in a sense, an exercise in storytelling. A pope chooses to travel to a given destination in part because he believes it has a story the world needs to hear, and, for a few days, he lends it his spotlight, so the global media pay attention. Pope Francis’s March 5-8 trip…