Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This picture was in my file, but is not Arizona.
The beauty of Arizona is everywhere. The sunsets are gorgeous. My brother lives in Gold Canyon right in front of Superstition Mountain. The homes there are in keeping with the desert. Then I go visit my sister in Scottsdale and see all the green grass, the palm trees, the flowers. My sister's back windows and the pool patio look out over the Indian reservation behind them and the sunsets are so spectacular that you just need to stop and gaze until it is dark.
I was looking at the little prayer book that my mother used each day; she had marked the prayers she said every morning and one is a Prayer for a Family and is to Jesus, then Mary, and then Joseph.
"O dear Jesus, I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith. I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead.
O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young and their vocations.
Blessed Saint Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and the dying, so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen."