February — The Month of the Holy Family

February — The Month of the Holy Family

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February — The Month of the Holy Family
  • Novena to St. Joseph — Day 5

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    Day Five: Patron of the Church

    Saint Joseph, God has appointed you patron of the Catholic Church because you were the head of the Holy Family, the starting-point of the Church. You were the father, protector, guide and support of the Holy Family. For that reason...

  • Novena to St. Joseph — Day 6

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    Day Six: Patron of Families

    Saint Joseph, I venerate you as the gentle head of the Holy Family. The Holy Family was the scene of your life's work in its origin, in its guidance, in its protection, in your labor for Jesus and Mary, and even in your death in their...

  • Novena to St. Joseph — Day 7

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    Day Seven: Patron of Workers

    Saint Joseph, you devoted your time at Nazareth to the work of a carpenter. It was the Will of God that you and your foster-Son should spend your days together in manual labor. What a beautiful example you set for the working classes...

  • Novena to St. Joseph — Day 8

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    Day Eight: Friend In Suffering

    Saint Joseph, your share of suffering was very great because of your close union with the Divine Savior. All the mysteries of His life were more or less mysteries of suffering. Poverty pressed upon you, and the cross of labor follo...

  • Novena to St. Joseph — Day 9

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    Day Nine: Patron of a Happy Death

    Saint Joseph, how fitting it was that at the hour of your death Jesus should stand at your bedside with Mary, the sweetness and hope of all mankind. You gave your entire life to the service of Jesus and Mary; at death you enjoye...

  • The New Eve | Lectio: Mary | Episode 1

    The Book of Genesis begins with the story of Adam and Eve, whose sin of disobedience breaks their relationship with God. God does not abandon his people, but gradually prepares them for the coming of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, the promised “seed” of Genesis 3:15 is the “New Adam,” and his moth...

  • The New Ark | Lectio: Mary | Episode 2

    In the Book of Exodus, God’s presence was contained in the Ark of the Covenant, his dwelling place among his Chosen People. In the New Exodus, God is once more present among his people in the Person of his Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus is conceived in her womb, Mary becomes the New Ark of the New...

  • Mother of the Messiah | Lectio: Mary | Episode 3

    In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah prophesies about the coming Messiah and the Messiah’s mother. Since Jesus—the anointed one of God, who saves his people from their sin—is truly the foretold Messiah, then his mother, Mary, is truly the Mother of the Messiah.

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  • The Queen Mother | Lectio: Mary | Episode 4

    In the Old Testament, throughout the line of Davidic kings, the queen was not the wife of the king, but rather the king’s mother. As a result, King Solomon placed a throne at his right hand for his queen mother and bowed down in homage to her. Jesus, as the fulfillment of the Davidic line, rules ...

  • The Perpetual Virgin | Lectio: Mary | Episode 5

    Despite being married, Mary remained a virgin her whole life. When the New Testament speaks of our Lord’s brothers and sisters, a closer look at the original language spoken by Jesus, as well as other Scripture verses, sheds light on the truth of Mary’s perpetual virginity.

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  • Mother of Sorrows | Lectio: Mary | Episode 6

    The Christian belief in the miraculous birth of Jesus affirms that Mary did not experience physical labor or birth pangs. However, as she stands at the foot of the Cross, she experiences the pain foretold by Simeon—“a sword will pierce through your own soul”—when she becomes the Mother of the Chu...

  • The New Rachel | Lectio: Mary | Episode 7

    The Old Testament story of Joseph prefigures the life of Jesus and his salvific role in the New Testament. Likewise, the life of Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, has parallels with the life of John the beloved disciple. Rachel, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, prefigures Mary, the mother of ...

  • Question & Answer | Lectio: Mary | Episode 8

    "As the study concludes, Dr. Pitre takes time to answer questions that surfaced over the course of the video sessions. We are reminded that a deeper understanding of Marian teachings, illuminates even more fully the beauty and love of Our Lord!

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