A Prayer to St. Joseph

One quick post on this last day of October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  We came across this prayer by “accident” which, of course, was completely Divine Providence.

Pope Leo XIII wanted this prayer to St. Joseph to be added to the recitation of the Rosary during the month of October.  Though that was in 1889, there’s no reason we can’t also add it to our Rosaries today.  In these times, when the priests and bishops of the Church are under such attack by satan, why not offer this prayer to St. Joseph (the Protector of the Universal Church) for their protection, courage and growth in personal holiness.   As St. Joseph was chosen by God the Father to guard and protect the Word made flesh, may priests and bishops always be guardians of God’s Word, and of Jesus in the Eucharist, where He is just as vulnerable and defenseless today as He was in His Infancy.

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption; mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

And since it is All Hallow’s Eve, if you’re looking for a post about that, Taylor Marshall has a couple good ones here and here.

Come see us & stock up on Nonnavita Soap!

Do you want to start your Christmas shopping early, so you can enjoy a peaceful and prayerful Advent?  Then come down to the MOPS Market tomorrow, Saturday, October 25 from 1-5pm.  We’ll be there with our organic soaps and we’d love to see you.  There will also be lots of other artisans showcasing their handmade products.  You never know what other treasures you may find.

Event:        Mothers of Preschoolers Artisan Market
Date:         Saturday, October 25th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Location:  University United Methodist Church
                 5084 De Zavala Rd.


Show Notes – A Good Habit 10/22/14

A Good Habit Show Notes

This past Wednesday was the feast day of St. John Paul II – the first time his feast day has been celebrated since his canonization!  We were happy to be on the air with you on such an historic day.


On the Franciscan calendar it was also the feast of St. Peter of Alcantara, a great preacher, reformer, ascetic and mystic.  He had a special connection with St. Teresa of Avila, and Continue reading

The Power of the Rosary to Transform and Heal

Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints, artist unknown, Brooklyn MuseumIn this month dedicated to the Holy Rosary we wanted to draw your attention to the power this prayer has in the most dire situations.  The rosary is one of the greatest weapons we have in the Catholic arsenal and stories of its power abound.  In fact, the reason we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary on the seventh of this month is because the miraculous victory of the Christian fleet over the Turks at Lepanto is credited to the intercession of Our Lady through the rosary, which the whole Church was praying.

Last month we had the privilege of hearing Immaculee Illibagiza speak about her experience during the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.  If you aren’t familiar with her story you need to read her book, Left to Tell, which has made a deep impact on each of us Continue reading

A Queen Who Intercedes for Her People

Esther before Ahasuerus;  Giovanni Andrea SIRANI; 1630s;Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest   The Liturgy of the Hours is part of the heartbeat of our religious life, which, along with Eucharistic Adoration and the Mass, gives a rhythm to our daily life.  The cycle of readings which we go through each year is another element of this rhythm, and at different times of the year we can look forward to rereading our favorite books of the Old or New Testament as we come upon them in the Office of Readings.

Yesterday we began reading the Book of Esther. It only takes a few days to read through before beginning the book of the prophet Baruch, so we spend less time with it than we do with some of the other Old Testament books in the Office of Readings.  But just because it’s short, doesn’t mean it isn’t important.  Esther is one of the prefigurements of Our Lady which we find in the Old Testament.  There were many different women who foreshadowed or mirrored the role Our Lady would have in salvation history:  Eve, Judith, Esther and Ruth, to name just a few  Marian types found in the Old Testament.  The Church Fathers recognized this as early as the second century.  Here’s a great blog post about Esther and Our Lady from Fr. Joseph of the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph.

Bl. Pope Paul VI: Courageous Christian, Tireless Apostle

Another blessed has been added to the Church’s roll of holy exemplars and intercessors- and it’s another pope!  Today in Rome Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI.  This has been an extraordinary year with two popes canonized and now another beatified.  What gratitude to God we should have in our hearts that He has blessed us with holy pontiffs to steer the Barque of Peter in these modern times.  Below is the English translation of Pope Francis’ homily from this mornings Mass:

We have just heard one of the most famous phrases in the entire Gospel: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt22:21). Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 10/15/14

A Good Habit Show Notes

This past Wednesday on A Good Habit we were blessed to introduce y’all to a guest we have been looking forward to bringing on the show for a quite a while:  Dr. Fredericka Vyvlecka, PhD, LPC-S.  Dr. Fredericka is a counselor educator, counselor supervisor and therapist, and she was with us to talk about dating from a Catholic perspective.


We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed the show, and since we only scratched the surface of how to date with marriage in mind (or “dating for heaven”), we plan to have her back with us again to talk about it more.  Judging from the emails and feedback that we’ve

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