St. Joseph Solemnity

pt-lookout-state-parkThe southernmost point in the Archdiocese of Washington is Point Lookout State Park, where the Potomac River empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

Right around this time of year in 1634, the Ark and the Dove navigated past this point and sailed up the Potomac towards St. Clement’s Island.

On March 25, Fr. Andrew White offered the first Holy Mass in the English-speaking colonies.

arkndove…Here is a thought for you for St. Joseph’s feast day:

Imagine the following incredible incongruity: A petty dictator in a remote outpost of the Roman Empire felt threatened, so he resolved to kill God, along with all the young children of his kingdom.

Christ, of course, could have obliterated King Herod with the slightest movement of His divine will. But He did not. Instead, the heavenly Father sent an angel to His Son’s foster-father, telling him to take flight into Egypt. God dealt with the threat to His life the way that any human being would deal with it: He ran away to a safe place.

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St. John Vianney, patron of priests
This is one of the countless examples of Christ’s solidarity with us. Part of being human is living in a world marked by evil, disorder, and sin. Christ, of course, never sinned. But He accepted every aspect of the reality of living in the sinful world. He is with us in everything we have to deal with.

…In June, Our Holy Father will inaugurate a Year of the Priest.

May it please God that this Holy Year will lead to greater priestly zeal and holiness, especially in the case of your humble servant.

Also, maybe someone will produce a smooth, funky song for the Year of the Priest, like this one, but with more intelligible and edifying lyrics.

3 thoughts on “St. Joseph Solemnity

  1. While on the topic of Southern Maryland and St. Mary’s County in particular…

    In the spirit of Fr. Andrew White, we now have a modern day first…

    Fr. Thomas LaHood of Our Lady’s at Medley’s Neck was the first parish priest (in St.Mary’s Co.) to add the Traditional Latin Mass to his schedule – Sunday’s @ 7:00am.
    May the Good Lord Bless him in his truly apostolic work.
    A.M.D.G

  2. I also hope someone will come up with a smooth anthem for the Year of the Priest. If not, maybe next year will be the Year of the Cat and we can just bring back that funky, jivey Al Stewart tune.

  3. Hey Fr. White!
    the Doyle’s were checking in to say Hello! Sean and the 8th grade class’ Confirmation is coming up and wanted to give you the date.. it would be great if you could come!

    Peggy
    mtdoyle4@verizon.net

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