Fiat Mihi Secudum Verbum Tuum
O God, Who didst will that thy Word should, by the message of an Angel,
take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, grant unto us,
we beseech thee, that all who do believe her to be in very deed
the Mother of God, may be helped by her prayers in thy sight.
- Vespers I, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Zealous Defender of Christ
In the beautiful litany of St. Joseph, we call upon our spiritual Father under many varied titles:
Guardian of Virgins…
Head of the Holy Family…
Mirror of Patience….
Each invocation is striking in its individuality and yet seamlessly part of the whole in painting for us, by the strokes of these titles, the figure of the greatest and last of the patriarchs. Any of these is worthy to be the subject of our meditation, but one that brings itself to the forefront on this occasion is: “Christi Defensor Sedule”, Zealous Defender of Christ.
St. Joseph Novena
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.
Domine, non nisi Te
"One day in the thirteenth century a Dominican friar named Br. Dominic of Caserta, a sacristan, concealed himself in his priory chapel in Naples. While there, he stealthily observed St. Thomas Aquinas in prayer before the crucifix, in tears. No doubt, the saint’s reverence must have moved him deeply, but, nonetheless, he must have been quite surprised when, suddenly, the voice of Christ from the crucifix called out, “You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward will you receive from me for your labor?”
One can certainly imagine Br. Dominic waiting with bated breath for an answer from the man often regarded as the greatest theologian of the Middle Ages. A saintly man, certainly he would not ask for wealth or power for himself. Perhaps inspiration for excellent argumentation with which to confute the heretics? Favorable reception of his work within the Church (the subject of great controversy, even after his death)? How about simply an increase in virtue? Doubtless, when Jesus speaks audibly from the cross, he really means it. So what does Friar Thomas ask?
His response wasted no words: Domine, non nisi Te, that is 'Lord, nothing except you.'"
- From a Domincan Friar
Monthly Devotion: St. Joseph
“The dignity and glory of St. Joseph is such
that the Eternal Father conferred upon him with greatest liberality,
a likeness to His own supremacy over his incarnate Son.”
- St. Bernadine of Siena