We just celebrated St. Joseph's Feast Day yesterday. He is the patron saint of the dying. While we are all stuffed in our homes and no where to go, there is so much time for prayer and reflection during this time of Lent. As written in one of my previous articles, this is truly an act of Mercy by God to give us this time to turn to Him in prayer and make this truly a fruitful Lent. The world needs to return back to God. We, who know and understand this, can pray for all hardened hearts to return back to their Lord and Master! It looks like things are only going to go from bad to worse and I am not saying that as a pessimist but a realist. Look at China and Italy. We are behind them and there is no light in sight. I have a link below of an article from Epoch Times claiming that there are still infected people in China. There are still people getting it or the recovered are getting reinfected.
China used portable incinerators to "bury" their dead and (half-dead). They burned quarantine buildings down with live people in them to mitigate the disaster but still they are infected. We need to pray that God will give us the ways and means to allow our dead to be properly buried.
I have a Facebook post below in a link as well, of what is going on in Italy. Very disheartening about not getting proper funerals and family members are not even allowed to give their last respects to their loved ones if they die in a hospital for fear of infection. This is tragic and we must be praying for all of us to be prepared spiritually now and know that this can happen to any of us. If confession is offered to you - take this opportunity for it. Make amends and get your family ready as well.
Many will make it through this - but others may not and we need to pray for those who are dying. "JESUS, MARY, AND ST. JOSEPH - I LOVE YOU - SAVE SOULS!
We need to include St. Joseph in this prayer because it is for the dying and those who will die that they may get the spiritual help they need in order to obtain salvation. Use holy water if you have some or try to obtain some. Pray with blessed candles lit. Pray the powerful prayers of the Rosary with your families. Make Spiritual Communions and attend Live Masses on - line!
May we keep each other in prayer and be sure to click below to view these links.
God bless all of you and remain hopeful as we know that God has already won the victory and that we need to be like little St. Jacinta who died in the Spanish Flu pandemic and was willing to suffer whatever for the sake of souls! Our lives are to only glorify God and to win Him many souls! Keep strong and Love God above all things! Live each day united to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and you will find joy in carrying this cross - this Lent!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!