Basically, Also a Prayer for the Future . . .

O glorious St. Joseph, to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. We come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given us. Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of His holy Church. We consecrate them to you today, that through this consecration they may become your foster children. Guard them, guide their steps in life, form their hearts after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.

St. Joseph, who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent when the child Jesus was lost, protect our dear children for time and eternity. May you be their father and counsellor. Let them, like Jesus, grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace before God and men. Preserve them from the corruption of his world, and give us the grace one day to be united with them in Heaven forever. Amen.

Patience Isn’t Always Virtue Provoking

At the present time, the hatred of the Muslim countries against the West is becoming a hatred against Christianity itself. Although the statesmen have not yet taken it into account, there is still grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return, and with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power. Muslim writers say, “When the locust swarms darken countries, they bear on their wings these Arabic words: We are God’s host, each of us has ninety-nine eggs, and if we had a hundred, we should lay waste the world, with all that is in it.”

~ Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

When Everything Seems To Be Out of Control . . .

Come, O Holy Spirit!

Come, giver of gifts! The greatest of comforters!

You are my soul’s refreshment! Her rest in toil; her shelter in heat; her solace in woe!

O most blessed Light!

Water our dryness; heal our wounds; bend our stubborn will; warm our cold hearts; guide our straying steps.

Give to thy faithful, who hope in thee, thy holy seven gifts. Give them endless joy. Amen.

Dear Pope . . .

The next time Pope Francis wonders why America wants to build walls and whether we are acting with the blessing and/or approval of God, a quick look in the Bible is clarifying. I bet he has a Bible around the Vatican somewhere, too.

For he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.

2 Chronicles 14:7