Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and meet together all you who love her; rejoice exceedingly, you who have been in sorrow, that you may leap for joy, and be satiated with comfort from her breasts. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: we shall go into the house of the Lord. - Introit from Laetare Sunday
Evangelization with joy becomes beauty in the liturgy, as part of our daily concern to spread goodness. The Church evangelizes and is herself evangelized through the beauty of the liturgy, which is both a celebration of the task of evangelization and the source of her renewed self-giving. - Evangelii Gaudium, 24
Strengthen in our minds, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the mysteries of the true faith; that we who confess Him who was conceived of a Virgin to be true God and man, may deserve by the power of His saving resurrection to attain to eternal happiness.
According to the calendar, today is officially the first day of spring. Be that as it may be, it has felt like spring in Santa Rosa for a while and we have treated it as such.
"Hail, holy Joseph, hail! Chaste spouse of Mary, hail!" begins a well-loved devotional hymn, one of the hymns we sing in honor of St. Joseph on his feasts and on Wednesdays throughout the year. Today is one of great conventual joy. The silence and austerity of Lenten disciplines give way to the celebration of the Solemnity. Even the bright flowers on the altar proclaim the Church's veneration of so great a saint.
Saturday, traditionally dedicated specially to the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Marian day in the convent as well. Together we renew our total consecration to Jesus through Mary and honor her by our devotional practices. In imitation of her hidden life, we thoroughly clean the convent each Saturday, but the day is also marked by a wide variety of apostolic activities.
The saints, friends of God and our friends, traveled this earthly journey before us and are ever ready to help us on our path to heaven.
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of God and Foster Father of Jesus, is our father in a special way. To him we confide our temporal wants, to him we confide our vocations, to him do we go when in need spiritually or temporally. Each year, we pray a novena leading up to his feastday, thanking him for his care of our Community and entrusting to him our petitions.
Meménto homo, + quia pulvis es, et in púlverim revertéris.
Remember, man, + that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.