Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 56th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people – particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
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Saint of the Month
As it was Mary of Nazareth who gave birth to Jesus, it was Joseph, the foster father, descendent of Jewish Kings, and builder-carpenter of Nazareth who gave name and identity to the Son of God on earth. We hear the astounded men of Nazareth, hearing Jesus preach and teach for the first time, exclaim: “Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22)
Joseph’s strength of character, his respect in the community, his keen intellect called into play so often in moments of peril facing the Holy Family, his extraordinary kindness and profound intuitions – all of these characteristics pour out of the few passages in the New Testament which tells of this holy and awesome man, who was at once so very ordinary.
Prayer of the Month
Because you were the watchful guardian of the Holy Family, please watch over us, Christ’s chosen offspring. Like an alert father kindly keep far from us every taint of error or corruption. From your place of glory on high come to aid us in our conflict with the powers of darkness.
V. St. Joseph, whom the infant Jesus so much loved;
R. Grant us what we ask, please.
Let us pray.
Assist us, Lord, by the merits of your foster father, St. Joseph, spouse of your most holy Mother. May his help gain for us what our own efforts cannot. This we ask through you who live and reign with God the Father in the union of the Holy Spirit, one God, for all the ages.