Redemptoris Custos: Saint Joseph Became a Unique Guardian of the Mystery Hidden for Ages in God

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“Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife” (cf. Mt 1 :24). While it is true that Joseph did not respond to the angel’s “announcement” in the same way as Mary, he “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife.” What he did is the clearest “obedience of faith” (cf. Rom 1:5; 16:26; 2 Cor 10:5-6). Therefore he became a unique guardian of the mystery “hidden for ages in God” (Eph 3:9), as did Mary, in that decisive moment which St. Paul calls “the fullness of time,” when “God sent forth his Son, born of woman…to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5).

From REDEMPTORIS CUSTOS #1,4,5
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Saint Gregory of Nazianzen: There Should Be No Delay Between Your Intention and Your Good Deed

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Not even night should interrupt you in your duty of mercy. Do not say: Come back and I will give you something tomorrow. There should be no delay between your intention and your good deed. Generosity is the one thing that cannot admit of delay. Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the needy and the homeless into your house, with a joyful and eager heart.

From a sermon by Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, bishop
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Father Al: Prayer is the Oxygen of Our Soul

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Prayer is the raising up of one’s mind and heart to God. It is a loving conversation with God. It is fundamental to spiritual life. It is the oxygen of our soul. If the body lacks oxygen, it becomes weak, dizzy, and eventually it dies. And so it is, if the soul does not pray, it becomes weak, dizzy, exhausted, and eventually it dies.

Venerable Aloysius Schwartz’s Meditation on “Prayer”
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