Mar 19 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Joseph and St. Francis

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Homily #130319b ( 10min) Play - On the solemnity of St. Joseph, Fr. Elias preaches on the close relationship between St. Joseph and St. Francis and therefore how appropriate that Pope Francis' pontificate is being inaugurated today. The Franciscans connected with the devotion to St Joseph are:

  • St. Bernadine of Sienna, a Franciscan, was instrumental in popularizing devotion to St. Joseph.

The following popes that were Third Order Franciscans:

  • Bl. Pius IX  - made St Joseph the special protector of the Church in 1870.

  • St. Pius X - endorsed the Litany of St. Joseph for public use

  • Pius XI - designated him special protector against Communism

  • Bl. John XXIII - added St. Joseph's name to the canon of the Mass.

If we want reform we need to follow St Joseph's example and humbly acknowledge our place in the holy presence of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity - Form: OF
1st: 2sa 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gsp: mat 1:16, 18-21, 24

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