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Preparing for Father's Day with St. Joseph

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Dear Saint Joseph pray for us and lead us all to Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and pray especially for all fathers and their children throughout the world and for the whole Church! Posted by Hello
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I have been thinking about St. Joseph today in relation to today's readings and the life he led and the example he gave to Our Lord of being a man of generosity and humble quiet submission to the Father's Will. I bet those around St. Joseph would be able to tell examples of his generosity and zeal and the fact that he was a man of great prayer. Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition also give us such examples. I have linked here to the apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II Redemptoris Custos written about St. Joseph. I ask that after you read today's readings and pray over them then read the apostolic letter and pray a bit more. As we get ready for father's day I think it is good to look at the example of St. Joseph for those of us (like myself) who were honored and blessed to have good fathers of faith and character and for those who may not have had that priviladge. For all fathers look to St. Joseph as your model and guide to be good fathers to your children and led them and others further towards Christ. So, this is a pre father's day meditation to get myself and us all ready to thank God for our fathers. There is little doubt that I am a Christian and draw streagth to be a good dad by looking at the example my dad gave me in generosity and faithful service to Our Lord. St. Joseph pray for us and pray for all fathers (natuaral and spiritual) that they may lead many precious souls to Christ Our Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.
Have a good day everyone!! Be generous with yourself and with others and most of all with God today.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Ed

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June 15th, 2005

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
2 Cor 9:6-11


Brothers and sisters, consider this:
whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.
As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity,
which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 112:1bc-2, 3-4, 9


R. (1b) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18


Jesus said to his disciples:
"Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."
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