Hello my young friends,
Lent, as you know is underway, March Madness is just around the corner, and on March 19, 2020, I invite you and all the people of the diocese to enter into a year of prayer to St. Joseph.
In today’s issue of The Compass you will see there is a special section on the Year of St. Joseph. In this section is a letter from me called a “Pastoral Exhortation.” I bet you are asking yourselves, what is that? Well, it is simply a request, an appeal meant to move people to action. In the case of this Year of St. Joseph, what I am requesting of you and your families is prayer.
Today we live in a world that is changing quickly and that includes within our Catholic Church. During times of great suffering of the church, the faithful have always turned to St. Joseph with confidence and their prayers have been very quietly and thoroughly answered. When you read the Gospels, you will hear about St. Joseph, but there is not one instance of him actually speaking a word. The strength St. Joseph expressed came in the way he was ever present and supportive to Mary and as an attentive and watchful foster father to Jesus.
As I began to pray about this Year of St. Joseph, it became clear there are many needs in our church, in our world, and in our diocese that need intense prayer. The three areas of intentions we will bring to the attention and special care of St. Joseph are: strengthening and healing of marriages and family life; prayer for the universal church, especially church leaders; and a significant increase of vocations to the priesthood in the diocese.
We will talk more about St. Joseph in the coming months, and share with him prayers for the various intentions highlighted. In preparation for March 19, I ask you to read my letter and do a little research of your own about St. Joseph. Very simply, St. Joseph is a wonderworker. He works miracles constantly. And, let’s face it, we could all benefit from the wonderworks of St. Joseph in our lives.
May God bless you this Lenten season, and may St. Joseph keep a watchful eye on us and our intentions.