My Lord, the baby is dead!
Why, my Lord, dare I ask why?
not hear the whisper of the wind
or see the beauty of its parents' face.
not see the beauty of Your creation
or the flame of a sunrise.
Why, my Lord?
"Why, My child, do you ask 'why'?
Well, I will
tell you why.
You see, the child lives.
Instead of the wind he hears the sound of angels
singing before My throne.
Instead of the beauty that passes he sees everlasting Beauty, he sees My face.
He was created and lived a short time
so the image of his parents
imprinted on his face
may stand before Me as their personal intercessor.
He knows secrets of heaven
unknown to men on earth.
He laughs with a special joy that only the innocent possess.
My ways are not the ways of man.
I create for My Kingdom
and each creature fills a place in that Kingdom
that could not be filled by another.
He was created for My joy and his parents' merits.
He has never seen pain or sin.
He has never felt hunger or pain.
I breathed a soul
into a seed,
made it grow and called it forth."
I am humbled before you, my Lord,
for questioning Your wisdom, goodness, and love.
I speak as a fool, forgive me.
I acknowledge Your sovereign rights over life
I thank You for the life
that began for so short a time
to enjoy so long an Eternity.
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Glorious Saint Joseph,
pattern of all who are devoted to toil,
obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance,
in order thereby to atone for my many sins;
to toil conscientiously,
putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations;
to labour with thankfulness and joy,
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