Prayer to St. Joseph
“Gracious St. Joseph, protect me and my family from all evil, as you did the Holy Family. Kindly keep us ever united in the love of Christ, ever fervent in imitation of the virtues of our Blessed Lady, your sinless spouse, and always faithful in devotion to you. Amen.”
Today, people celebrate Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday” in French. It is sometimes called ‘Carnival,” from the Latin, “Farewell to Meat.” The English called it: “Shrove Tuesday, meaning confessing sins in anticipation of Lent. The carnival aspects of Mardi Gras have nearly taken over the Christian ones. What was originally a day of preparation for Lent has now become an all-out extravaganza.
The Church invites us to think about our prayer life and do we need to start one or improve on what we are doing. I always tell people that daily prayer to God is the foundation of our relationship to God. We need to be on solid ground. Pray in any way that works for you. There are many ways to pray. So, spend time with the Lord, even if it is in silence.
St. Polycarp was born between the years of 75 and 80. As Bishop of Smyrna, he routinely referred to the teachings of St. John the Apostle. On the way to martyrdom in Rome, Ignatius of Antioch met Polycarp and entrusted the Church in Antioch to him. Polycarp is thus a connector with the Apostles and early Church Fathers showing the Apostolic Succession.
This Feast is found in the oldest Roman Calendar of 394. The liturgy for today links St. Peter, the visible sign of unity in the Church, with the Eucharist, the sacrament of unity. Yesterday, the gospel was Peter’s Confession of Jesus as messiah as told by Mark. We remember in Matthew that Jesus says He will build His Church on the Rock, St. Peter.
This Feast originated in 4th century under a Greek title, “Feast of the Meeting.” Jesus is presented in the Temple. It has come to be known as Candlemas Day. It is also World Day for Consecrated Life.
Timothy was, perhaps, Paul’s favorite disciple. Titus accompanied Paul and Barnabas to the Council of Jerusalem. The pastoral epistles are written to them. Pillars of the early church.