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He knows what it means to be a refugee

The angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and said: Rise up, take the Child and his mother and flee into Egypt. Remain there until I tell you, because Herod will be  looking for this Child to kill him. So he got up, took the child and his mother at night, and went to Egypt.

Mt 2: 13-14

This year our Congregation is celebrating the feast of St. Joseph our patron in the shadow of war – a drama of many defenceless people who are forced to leave their current lives and run away in search of shelter. It is an experience that we cannot imagine, but our Patron, St. Joseph experienced something similar in his life. He knows what it means to be a refugee.

In our prayers, let us ask St. Joseph, so that he could take care and help all of today’s fleeing mothers and their children, as he looked after Jesus and Mary. Let us commend to Him today all refugees who are forced to leave everything and flee into the unknown.

Or maybe, apart from prayer, we can be able to do some specific actions towards those in need. For a material gift, which do we also offer in this way to St. Joseph? May our love and devotion to St. Joseph also reveal himself in concrete deeds.

M. M. Sybilla Kołtan

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