Brothers, they are tearin’ it up in Michigan! Recently, I posted Paco’s men’s retreat talks. Today the Archdiocese of Detroit had a mini-conference for men. Here’s the talk that Fr John Riccardo gave to the guys this morning. His basic theme was “The Real Crisis in the Church is This: We Don’t Know Jesus!” Get ready to be challenged to ‘drop your nets’ (cf. Luke 5:11).
Archive for March 2013
The Novena to St Joseph begins tomorrow – nine days of prayer leading up to his feast day on March 19th. You can find the novena prayers here. If you have time for supplemental reading, you may want to read Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation on St Joseph. In addition to the novena prayers, this prayer of consecration is a favorite of mine:
Glorious St Joseph, chosen by God to be the foster-father of Jesus, the chaste spouse of Mary ever Virgin and the head of the Holy Family, and appointed by the Vicar of Christ to be the heavenly patron and defender of the Church founded by Jesus, most confidently I now implore your aid for the whole Church militant on earth. Shield with your fatherly love especially the Supreme Pontiff and all the bishops and priests who are united to the Holy See of Peter. Be the defender of all who labor for souls amid the trials and hardships of this life, and cause all the peoples of the earth to submit themselves in a docile spirit to that Church which is the ark of salvation for all men.
Be pleased also, dear St Joseph, to accept this dedication of myself which I now make to you. I consecrate myself entirely to you, in order that you may ever be my father, my patron and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent devotion to the interior life. Grant that, following your example, I may direct all my actions to the greater glory of God, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and you.
Intercede for me that I may receive the graces I need to be a faithful and caring man, ever willing to serve my family, no matter what sacrifice is required on my part. When trials and suffering come my way, may I follow your holy example by never losing my trust in our faithful God, but seeking his consolation and listening for and following his direction.
Finally, pray for me that I may be a partaker in the peace and joy which were yours at the hour of your holy death. Amen.