Pastor’s Reflection for March 13, 2016
This Saturday, March 19, we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. He is the patron of our parish and the Universal Church. I came across this article that I thought would be of interest from the daily prayer book, Give Us This Day;
St. Theresa of Avila had great confidence in him: “It appears then that God wishes us to understand that as He was obedient to Joseph when He was on earth (for Saint Joseph was called His father and he could command Him) so now in Heaven God grants whatever Joseph asks.”
There is a homely practicality to people’s devotion to St. Joseph. St. Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, kept a statue of St. Joseph in her begging bowl. Dorothy Day would “picket” him, placing petitions in front of his statue, confident he would remedy her needs. Similarly, Pope Francis places prayer intentions under a St. Joseph statue which sits outside his room. He is sanguine about delays: “… you have to be patient with these carpenters. They tell you they’ll have a piece of furniture finished in a couple of weeks and it ends up taking a month even. But they get the job done and they do it well.”
Pope Francis reminds us that St. Joseph responded to his calling “by being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own.” In fostering a devotion to St. Joseph, the Church gives us the great gift of deepening our desire to live as he did– in silent fidelity, humility, and courageous generosity. How blessed we are to be able to ask his prayers.
The movie, Spotlight, won the Oscar for best picture. I thought it would be good to have you read the statement from Cardinal Seán on this Oscar winning film;
Spotlight is an important film for all impacted by the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse. By providing in-depth reporting on the history of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the media led the Church to acknowledge the crimes and sins of its personnel and to begin to address its failings, the harm done to victims and their families and the needs of survivors. In a democracy such as ours, journalism is essential to our way of life. The media’s role in revealing the sexual abuse crisis opened a door through which the Church has walked in responding to the needs of survivors.
Protecting children and providing support for survivors and their families must be a priority in all aspects of the life of the Church.
We are committed to vigilant implementation of policies and procedures for preventing the recurrence of the tragedy of the abuse of children. These include comprehensive child safety education programs, mandatory background checks and safe environments training, mandatory reporting to and cooperating with civil authorities with regard to allegations of abuse, and caring for survivors and their families through the Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach. The Archdiocese consistently provides counselling and medical services for survivors and family members who seek our help and we remain steadfast in that commitment. We continue to seek the forgiveness of all who have been harmed by the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse and pray that each day the Lord may guide us on the path toward healing and renewal.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,