Never could any man in this world comprehend all the greatness of Joseph. To understand it, one would have to compass the entire extent of the mystery with which his earthly mission put him in relation as a necessary instrument. Thus we are not surprised that this Foster Father of the Son of God was prefigured in the Old Testament under the features of one of the noblest Patriarchs of the chosen people…
My dear brothers and sisters, we have entered the holy season of Advent, which prepares for the great feast of Christmas. Religious feast days are grand and important, depending upon the way we prepare ourselves for them. Simply from the human standpoint, even if people often do not know exactly what they are celebrating at Christmas time, look at all the preparations they make for the feast: there is so much activity, commotion and running around, it is such a production! Everyone puts an incredible amount of energy into preparing for this feast. This is because subconsciously, at least as a tradition, Christmas is a great celebration for them. Christmas is certainly among the prominent feast days of the year. And I repeat, a feast takes on importance depending on the care we take in preparing for it.
Magnificat Magazine July-August 2016, Special Edition, 64 pages on the Life of Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort – tricentennial of his death
Story of the Apparitions of the Angel of Fatima in 1916. To prepare ourselves for the Centenary of the great Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (1917), let us say as often as possible the prayers taught by the Angel. Article drawn from the Magnificat Magazine, June 2016.
On April 28, 1716, at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France, Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, passed away. He is a Doctor of the Church and an incomparable -Apostle of the Virgin Mary. This great Saint – who is unfortunately not very well known – was a champion of the glory of God. “What do I ask of You, my God? Nothing for myself, everything for Your glory!” he cried in a fiery prayer. As Prophet of the Apostles of the Latter Times and special Protector of the Order of the Mother of God, we owe him our homage on the occasion of the tricentennial of his death.
The Acts of the Apostles, supplemented and continued up to the death of Saint John, with explanatory notes by the Rev. Canon Alfred Weber. Canon Weber writes: “In the Gospels we see the grain of mustard seed fall into the ground where it is buried in scorn, steeped in the Blood of the divine Sower. Its life would seem to have ended, but this small, insignificant seed contained an immortal kernel; in the Acts of the Apostles we see it emerge from the earth filled with the sap of life. A vigorous stem shoots upward… What a wonderful spectacle is presented to us by the history of the early years of the Holy Church! In it we see the fulfillment of Our Lord’s prophecies, and it sets the seal upon His divine Work.”