A Good Provider
Some time ago, Mary Davies, a dear friend of our monastery, living in Northern Ireland, returned from a pilgrimage to Fatima with a strong inspiration that, in the midst of so many pressing financial needs, we should erect a statue of Saint Joseph in a prominent place and formally entrust our affairs to him. It took a long while before the Steele family found for us a statue of Saint Joseph that we judged suitable. Brother James refurbished the statue in a lovely bronze finish. Today the stone plinthe, inscribed with the words Ite ad Ioseph (“Go to Joseph” — Genesis 41:55) arrived from Tony Caffrey’s stoneworks in Drogheda.
Solemn Blessing on Sunday
The statue of Saint Joseph was affixed to the base, facing the main entrance of Silverstream Priory. This coming Sunday — Gaudete — the statue of Saint Joseph will be solemnly blessed and dedicated immediately after Holy Mass (10:00). I shall post photos and details of the celebration later.
Prayer to Saint Joseph
O glorious Saint JOSEPH,
thou art our advocate and our defender,
our father and our friend,
who on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night,
didst put fear aside to take MARY, thy Virgin Bride into thy home,
and, even in poverty and in exile,
didst provide security for JESUS, the blessed Fruit of her womb.
Thou art the good provider
upon whose resources and generosity we rely
to acquire the entire property of Silverstream;
to renovate it;
and to maintain it for years to come
in security and in peace,
in the beauty of holiness,
and in perpetual adoration
of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
O Joseph, first adorer of the Sacred Humanity of the Word,
thou art not indifferent to His designs upon this place
and upon us who, by His grace alone,
must struggle to make it a school of the Lord’s service,
a sanctuary of adoration for all,
and a haven of peace for priests.
Humble and powerful Saint Joseph,
who didst appear at Knock,
together with the Mother of God,
with Saint John the Beloved Disciple,
and with the Lamb of Sacrifice,
thy mission in Ireland is far from ended.
Visit us, then, in our need.
Provide for us as thou hast provided for so many in the past,
and we shall publish abroad
the wonders obtained through thy intercession
to the glory of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.