Thursday, 19 March 2020 – Prudence in Pandemics – The Example of St. Joseph
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Behold a faithful and prudent steward, whom the Lord set over his household.” The Dominican friars sing this antiphon every night at the end of dinner, in honor of our province’s patron, St. Joseph. As we keep his feast today, it’s worth considering how St. Joseph’s prudence can be an example for us in this trying time.
St. Joseph created ‘social distance’ for the Holy Family from the murderous threats of King Herod, even at the cost of going into exile in Egypt. We confront our own kind of exile now—from work and school, from daily Mass, from restaurants and sports, from normal life! And yet St. Joseph trusted entirely in Divine Providence, taking costly measures to protect his family. The Lord worked through his prudence and good decision-making—and the Lord seeks to do the same thing in us today.
Some of you have been preparing for a consecration to St. Joseph today: what a good time to entrust our families and our community to his protection.
St. Joseph is also the patron of a happy death: let us remember to pray for the victims of this pandemic, and ask God to give them the grace of final perseverance. We will all face death one day, at an hour and a place we know not. Let’s pray for the grace to die as St. Joseph did—close to Jesus and Mary, and with absolute trust in God’s mercy.
Fr. Clement and Fr. Henry have recorded the first episode in their new series called ‘Closing the Social Distance.’ You can watch the video below. They discuss the prudent (but painful) measures bishops and priests have taken to protect their flocks in recent days. Over the coming days, we’ll be adding more and more audio and visual content to the parish website, so check back.
Starting tomorrow, our weekday Mass will be broadcast again on Sacred Heart Radio around noon. We’re also working to upload recordings of these Masses, as well as weekend Masses, to our website so you can listen to our prayers and preaching anytime.
Join us in praying today for St. Joseph’s intercession:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph’s intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Stay close to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
The Dominican Friars