2. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. Being a father entails introducing children to life and reality. Paradoxically, the evil one can also speak the truth to us, yet he does so only to condemn us. Here in the United States we are blessed with many bishops who join you in bearing witness to these profound and indispensable truths. FRANCIS. Lk 15:11-32). Joseph did not hesitate to obey, regardless of the hardship involved: “He got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod” (Mt 2:14-15). Mt 1:18; Lk 1:27). Already, a movement has emerged to support and encourage the Archbishop. His patient silence was the prelude to concrete expressions of trust. The spiritual path that Joseph traces for us is not one that explains, but accepts. From him, Jesus learned the value, the dignity and the joy of what it means to eat bread that is the fruit of one’s own labour. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord. This emerges especially in the way we deal with difficulties. The content of the letter may contain: # An expression of gratitude to the pope for his initiative in calling the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal church; # A description of your own connection with the gift of mercy and with Catherine McAuley; # A reference to your connection with Sisters of Mercy and the Mercy … We must learn to love the child and his mother, to love the sacraments and charity, to love the Church and the poor. Letters addressed to "His Holiness, Pope Francis" or "His Holiness, the Pope" use "Citta del Vaticano" or … In the end, this is what Jesus would have us understand when he says: “Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Mt 23:9). From the Vatican, 2 February 2014. He never made himself the centre of things. Unless we are reconciled with our own history, we will be unable to take a single step forward, for we will always remain hostage to our expectations and the disappointments that follow. God himself loved humanity with a chaste love; he left us free even to go astray and set ourselves against him. Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the people of Lebanon encouraging them to trust in God during times of crisis. Yet they certainly needed to eat, to find a home and employment. Paul likewise calls the Galatians: “My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!” (4:19). We can think of Moses’ words to Israel: “In the wilderness… you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as one carries a child, all the way that you travelled” (Deut 1:31). I cannot imagine the burdens you face. Before the example of so many holy men and women, Saint Augustine asked himself: “What they could do, can you not also do?” And so he drew closer to his definitive conversion, when he could exclaim: “Late have I loved you, Beauty ever ancient, ever new!”[30]. Blessed Pius IX declared him “Patron of the Catholic Church”,[2] Venerable Pius XII proposed him as “Patron of Workers”[3] and Saint John Paul II as “Guardian of the Redeemer”. The Mailing Address. Saint Paul’s words to the Corinthians remain timely: “Though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers” (1 Cor 4:15). In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of salvation”. Every true vocation is born of the gift of oneself, which is the fruit of mature sacrifice. A Letter to the Pope is a plea for a dedicated day of reconciliation and justice for victims of child abuse. In a similar way, Joseph acted as a father for his whole life.[25]. It becomes an opportunity for the fulfilment not only of oneself, but also of that primary cell of society which is the family. Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Lebanese people, 24 December 2020 : Francis Letters 2020 [ AR - EN - ES - FR - IT] LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO LEBANESE PEOPLE . They send their children to the diocesan schools because they desire for them an education imbued with a Christian spirit and shaped by the teachings of the Catholic faith. If you wish to contribute, please go to the discussion on Reddit. Mt 1:24; 2:14.21). Their spirits have been lifted by Archbishop Cordileone’s tireless work to ensure that such an education is available to all who desire it. When, during a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Joseph and Mary lost track of the twelve-year-old Jesus, they anxiously sought him out and they found him in the Temple, in discussion with the doctors of the Law (cf. Inspired by a Reddit post asking about this, we did some research and here’s what we found. In his relationship to Jesus, Joseph was the earthly shadow of the heavenly Father: he watched over him and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way. He trusted in the angel’s words. Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. October 22, 2020 Feast of Pope St. John Paul II Dear Pope Francis, Thank you for assuming a thankless, overwhelming task. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. The evangelist Luke, for his part, tells us that Joseph undertook the long and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered in his family’s town of origin in the census of the Emperor Caesar Augustus. 15. Lk 2:8-20) and the Magi (cf. This is not the final letter and is still in draft. Deut 10:19; Ex 22:20-22; Lk 10:29-37. Not holding them back, being overprotective or possessive, but rather making them capable of deciding for themselves, enjoying freedom and exploring new possibilities. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday ways, how to accept and deal with a crisis by adjusting their routines, looking ahead and encouraging the practice of prayer. Amen. At the end of every account in which Joseph plays a role, the Gospel tells us that he gets up, takes the child and his mother, and does what God commanded him (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos (15 August 1989): AAS 82 (1990), 5-34. He did not think of himself, but focused instead on the lives of Mary and Jesus. That is why it is so important to encounter God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where we experience his truth and tenderness. Matthew and Luke, the two Evangelists who speak most of Joseph, tell us very little, yet enough for us to appreciate what sort of father he was, and the mission entrusted to him by God’s providence. [28] SECOND VATICAN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, 42. If you want this website to work, you must enable javascript. Throughout the body of the letter, your tone should be polite and gracious. We know that Joseph was a lowly carpenter (cf. Pointing fingers and judging others are frequently signs of an inability to accept our own weaknesses, our own frailty. The history of salvation is worked out “in hope against hope” (Rom 4:18), through our weaknesses. Please include your address and date of writing. [10] Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds I have recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary. [20] Cf. Encouraged by her own experience, Teresa persuaded others to cultivate devotion to Joseph. Even though he does not understand the bigger picture, he makes a decision to protect Mary’s good name, her dignity and her life. Hos 11:3-4). The priesthood and consecrated life likewise require this kind of maturity. Amen.”. Mt 2:1-12), who represented respectively the people of Israel and the pagan peoples. There, gathered with leaders of the world’s great religious traditions, East and West, you reaffirmed the Church’s doctrine of marriage as the … As such, a letter remains the only way to correspond with him at length. In his hesitation about how best to act, God helped him by enlightening his judgment”.[18]. The group [Catholic Whistleblowers] has sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to take several significant steps to heal victims and restore the church’s credibility. Saint Paul explicitly says this: “Be imitators of me!” (1 Cor 4:16). [22] SECOND VATICAN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 58. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Joseph set aside his own ideas in order to accept the course of events and, mysterious as they seemed, to embrace them, take responsibility for them and make them part of his own history. Just as God told Joseph: “Son of David, do not be afraid!” (Mt 1:20), so he seems to tell us: “Do not be afraid!” We need to set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. The loss of employment that affects so many of our brothers and sisters, and has increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, should serve as a summons to review our priorities. Pope Francis teaches Catholics that forgiving people of their sins is their duty to God. [25] Cf. This is shown by the countless churches dedicated to him worldwide, the numerous religious Institutes, Confraternities and ecclesial groups inspired by his spirituality and bearing his name, and the many traditional expressions of piety in his honour. [19] Enchiridion de fide, spe et caritate, 3.11: PL 40, 236. Mt 13:55), betrothed to Mary (cf. 16 . We need only ask Saint Joseph for the grace of graces: our conversion. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. America's upcoming election pales in contrast to the political challenges you face daily in our 'cohesive' Church. In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God: “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him” (Ps 103:13). OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS. Jesus recognized the creative faith with which they sought to bring their sick friend to him. [4] Saint Joseph is universally invoked as the “patron of a happy death”.[5]. Pope Francis has written an open letter, published in Padua’s daily newspaper, expressing his prayer and closeness to all those suffering as result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. That kind of creative courage was shown by the friends of the paralytic, who lowered him from the roof in order to bring him to Jesus (cf. His Holiness, Pope Francis Apostolic Palace 00120 Vatican City State Europe Your Holiness, It's difficult to know how or where to begin this Open Letter on the necessity of establishing a Papal Commission of Inquiry into Homosexuality, Pederasty, and the "Gay Lobby" in the Catholic Church. During the return journey, “when Joseph heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. As he cared for Jesus and Mary, he protects the whole Church.. The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. Melodramatic resistance manifesto… A Brief Commentary on The Remnant‘s “Open Letter to Pope Francis” (screenshot from Remnant video “CHURCH IN CRISIS: World’s Catholics Resist Pope to His Face”). 1 Cor 1:27). Only when love is chaste, is it truly love. A Letter to Pope Francis. It does not matter if everything seems to have gone wrong or some things can no longer be fixed. Ex 20:12). [8] Homily (19 March 1966): Insegnamenti di Paolo VI, IV (1966), 110. In him, we never see frustration but only trust. The Gospel does not tell us how long Mary, Joseph and the child remained in Egypt. [13] Cf. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:20-21). 2:19-20), was to establish a relationship. [14] In such cases, provisions were made even for stoning (cf. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family. Often in life, things happen whose meaning we do not understand. My focus is to introduce only the main teachings of the encyclical and draw out its implications. NOTE: This letter reflects the personal initiative of the individual Catholic women signing this letter, and is not sponsored by any group or organization. This letter is a response to the recent "open letter" from 100 so-called "prominent" San Francisco Catholics asking Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Cordileone. The crisis of our time, which is economic, social, cultural and spiritual, can serve as a summons for all of us to rediscover the value, the importance and necessity of work for bringing about a new “normal” from which no one is excluded. Tenderness is the best way to touch the frailty within us. Spiritualities and a sample letter to continue to god really wants to the church: it for our lives. The Polish writer Jan Dobraczyński, in his book The Shadow of the Father,[24] tells the story of Saint Joseph’s life in the form of a novel. [23] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 963-970. Each of these realities is always the child and his mother. In our own day, when employment has once more become a burning social issue, and unemployment at times reaches record levels even in nations that for decades have enjoyed a certain degree of prosperity, there is a renewed need to appreciate the importance of dignified work, of which Saint Joseph is an exemplary patron. For, as Jesus says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34). He did not want to “expose her to public disgrace”,[14] so he decided to “dismiss her quietly” (Mt 1:19). Our first reaction is frequently one of disappointment and rebellion. *Unfortunately this cannot be done retroactive. Nor should we ever think that believing means finding facile and comforting solutions. Saint Joseph’s work reminds us that God himself, in becoming man, did not disdain work. Children today often seem orphans, lacking fathers. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth” (Mt 2:22-23). - New York Times: Catholic Whistleblowers P.O. The website for the US Embassy to the Holy See recommends that mail for Pope Francis be sent to this address: As the Lord had done with Israel, so Joseph did with Jesus: he taught him to walk, taking him by the hand; he was for him like a father who raises an infant to his cheeks, bending down to him and feeding him (cf. We should always consider whether we ourselves are protecting Jesus and Mary, for they are also mysteriously entrusted to our own responsibility, care and safekeeping. That child would go on to say: “As you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). We know that God’s truth does not condemn, but instead welcomes, embraces, sustains and forgives us. ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday compared the Bible to a “love letter” from God to humanity, and said that those who follow Jesus should read it … [29] Cf. “The nobility of Joseph’s heart is such that what he learned from the law he made dependent on charity. From Saint Joseph, we must learn that same care and responsibility. Of Nazareth it was said, “No prophet is to rise” (cf. Innumerable holy men and women were passionately devoted to him. Open Letter to Pope Francis Author: Andrew Comiskey October 22, 2020. In a way, we are all like Joseph: a shadow of the heavenly Father, who “makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mt 5:45). Log in or subscribe to join the conversation. He witnessed the adoration of the shepherds (cf. They were convinced that Jesus could heal the man, and “finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. Once again, Joseph promptly obeyed. The primary approach of this reflection is pastoral and is written for the Sunday pulpit. Reality, in its mysterious and irreducible complexity, is the bearer of existential meaning, with all its lights and shadows. The Person in charge of the Pope’s correspondence is Mon. Not with mere resignation but with hope and courage. My beloved father, all my trust is in you. [11] Cf. Every priest or bishop should be able to add, with the Apostle: “I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel” (ibid.). It has no use for tyrants who would domineer others as a means of compensating for their own needs. ROME — Pope Francis has called on Christians to break down walls and embrace a love without borders in a new encyclical letter released on Sunday. Unsurprisingly, however, these labors have drawn the antagonism of many who despise the Church’s moral teachings, especially those concerning marriage and sexual morality. Only tender love will save us from the snares of the accuser (cf. Pope Francis doesn’t have an email address, and he’s probably not reading your replies to his tweets on Twitter. In Egypt, Joseph awaited with patient trust the angel’s notice that he could safely return home. Mt 1:20; 2:13.19.22). Address certificate is to be mailed to for presentation. Giuliano Gallorini who together with Sister Anna and two laic ladies in the Palazzo Apostolico, deal with all the correspondence sent to Pope Bergoglio. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (24 November 2013), 88, 288: AAS 105 (2013), 1057, 1136-1137. God always finds a way to save us, provided we show the same creative courage as the carpenter of Nazareth, who was able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting always in divine providence. Lk 2:7) and his birth, like that of every other child, was recorded in the registry of the Empire. In a letter addressed to the head of the Church in Lebanon, Pope Francis makes an urgent appeal to political and religious leaders and to the international community to help the nation surmount the grave crisis in which it finds itself and resume a normal existence. by Robert P. George 4 . In his role as the head of a family, Joseph taught Jesus to be obedient to his parents (cf. It is a movement of grateful Catholics—not “prominent” people—but ordinary men and women, many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants from many lands. For this reason, Saint Joseph is invoked as protector of the unfortunate, the needy, exiles, the afflicted, the poor and the dying. S. RITUUM CONGREGATIO, Quemadmodum Deus (8 December 1870): ASS 6 (1870-1871), 193; BLESSED PIUS IX, Apostolic Letter Inclytum Patriarcham (7 July 1871): l.c., 324-327. God can make flowers spring up from stony ground. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all. Doctors, nurses, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caregivers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests, men and women religious, and so very many others. Thus, the Apostle Paul can say: “We know that all things work together for good, for those who love God” (Rom 8:28). If at times God seems not to help us, surely this does not mean that we have been abandoned, but instead are being trusted to plan, to be creative, and to find solutions ourselves. 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