By: Laura Catherine Worhacz
“BEHOLD the beautiful month of Saint Joseph! We must spend it well. My only wish is that you develop a great devotion to Saint Joseph…Saint Joseph as the faithful adorer, the perfect model of the life of adoration...We offer it too for our beloved country that Saint Joseph may increase its faith and virtues and above all shower on it the Bread of life the better to revive it and rescue it from spiritual starvation. “
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Our hope is in the Lord who made Heaven and Earth -- save us from spiritual starvation!
It seems we need a shield in front of our souls at every breath of life. A child in fear takes hold of its parent hands and immediately finds security. Saint Peter Julian reminds us in the above excerpt to behold Saint Joseph... to behold fatherhood and the integrity it was created to be, whole and undivided.
Disheartening is the witness of betrayal. We see and hear of it constantly, marriages collapsing, Holy Orders defiled… The restoration of God’s life begins in the hearts of those who believe in Him, with those who are willing to fall in love with Christ’s redeeming power. The Lenten season calls us to repentance, a time to glimpse into our existence and view our lives, a time to cast away shame and guilt so we may be born into EASTER with the fullness of life through our baptism.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard was always known to carry with him the Gospel of Saint John, another beloved. Saint John, the one who kept his head on the heart of Jesus Christ at the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, was enabled to soar above the darkness of the world through the love of Christ. Saint John, like Saint Joseph, teaches us to find the integrity of life through the desire to return love; this marks them as beloved ones.
The Eucharist leads us to dignity, integrity, fatherhood and motherhood, the sacredness of the sacrament of matrimony, and respect for the holy priesthood. How many men and women deny the vows people make by luring them away from them? BEHOLD Saint Joseph, the one who listened through the deep recesses of his being to be formed anew in God, the one who teaches us integrity illuminated in compassion through humility.
In my early morning rosary walks the joyful mysteries allow me preparation to receive Holy Communion. The birds of the air are chirping loudly; they seem to understand one another. Our prayers keep us in communion with the Kingdom of Heaven. God hears and understands our voices. The world may only hear chirping, yet we understand through our prayer that we are calling to the source of life in whom we seek Our Father.
May our prayers help us to purify our lives throughout these 40 days. May the intercession of our prayer gather many through the beating heart of the Eucharist. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Saint Joseph, and many beloved ones exemplify the way to salvation through integrity of life. Behold us, Lord, who desire this pathway to HEAVEN. Forgive us of our sins. Amen