A Note from Fr. Richard

March 2021

Dear Companion of St. Anthony,

Peace.  One of our friars likes the month of March very much, he really gets involved with the NCAA March Madness tournament.  I think that for all of us after this year dealing with Covid, masks, and trying to find an appointment for a vaccine, we are all having a bit of March madness of our own! Add to this a bitterly cold February and we all need to Spring forward.

I have been reflecting a lot on the person of St. Joseph in the church.  Coming from a French-Canadian family we always made a pilgrimage to the Oratory of St. Joseph, in Montreal on March 19th.  In these last weeks in praying the Litany of St. Joseph I have been struck by one important phrase: St. Joseph, Terror of Demons. I believe that our own personal demons are our persistent nagging sins that we cannot shake off.  I have been praying to St. Joseph to help me overcome my sinfulness (demons) and I ask that you try to do the same. St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor who can offer you great comfort.

Together let us continue in the Lenten season coming closer to Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.  Let us walk with the Lord.  Let us keep one another in prayer that we may remain firm in our faith and our Lenten practices.

St. Joseph, pray for us.  St. Anthony, pray for us.

May God grant you peace,

Fr. Richard-Jacob

Spiritual Guardian