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By Fr. Michael J. Truongluan Nguyen, C.Ss.R.

Our society today tends to reject anything that has to do with tradition. Anything that sounds "traditional" is usually mocked
and ridiculed: "You're old-fashioned; you're outdated, outmoded, antiquated." In a word, obsolete!

Is that true? Let's think again. Let's take a few seconds to think critically about what we mean by "tradition" in practical terms.

Ask yourself: what are some of most ancient and traditional realities that we live with in our day-to-day life? Is it not man or
woman or babies or children or father or mother or sons or daughters or grandpas or grandmas, or teachers or doctors or
priests or the family? And especially, Christmas?! Are they not ancient and traditional realities? But are they antiquated or obsolete at all?

Are we not as a society attempting to make them obsolete? Especially, Christmas, the most traditional of all the family
holidays! Are we not as a society cancelling or rather, killing "Christmas and the family" only to greet each other with an
awkward "Happy Holiday!"

We must be careful when we reject by ridiculing what we call "traditional" according to the trend of our perception. Lest we
cancel our very self and have nothing to fall back on!

Is it true that the American culture and civilization are mocking and ridiculing these institutions? The answer is obvious. Unless we are blind or blind ourselves on purpose, we will not see it.

The right-out rejection and ridicule of the family, the man, the woman, the husband, the wife, the father, the mother, the babies and the children could be found anywhere on social media, in public schools and even in churches. Take a look and listen, then you will see.

Let us see.

(1) Rejection of the man and the woman is pornography.
(2) Rejection of the babies is contraception.
(3) Rejection of fatherhood and motherhood is abortion.
(4) Rejection of the family is divorce.
(5) Rejection of humanity is sodomy.
(6) Rejection of the conscience is the denial of guilt.
(7) Rejection of salvation is the denial of sin.
(8) Rejection of God is the enthronement of science as the sole
savior of the world.

This is why we must not only rethink but rather take action to restore and reaffirm what is precious and sacred. We need not
merely promote but propagate the Sacred Family Tradition, beginning with "the man" and "His Holy Family."

The Family Man of the Time
Among ordinary men there is one who has the authority of his own integrity to achieve the mission of restoring and renewing the Sacred Family Tradition. The Head of this Holy Family is the Silent Man, Joseph, the Foster Father of Jesus, the Savior of the World.

A prayerful life
In order to know a person, we always need to connect and communicate with the person. The best way to do so is to make
contact with their spirit and thoughts in the way they live their life.

How to do this? By means of prayer.

Praying gets us in touch with the mind and spirit of another person, in particular, the Lord God, Jesus Christ Himself.
Through Him we make connection with other human beings as well. In fact, through prayer we read the mind of God and other people, especially when we meditate on the prayers of the saints.

The following is a Novena or Nine Days of Prayer and Meditation with St. Joseph, the Silent Family Man of our time.

I have collected quotes from the Saints who have adored and honored St. Joseph. Their short and pithy sayings give us
insights into what and who St. Joseph is. Let us listen to what they have to say.

The nine titles of St. Joseph correspond with his virtues for the Nine Days of Meditation and Prayer. They are:
(1) Man of God: Fear of the Lord.
(2) Husband of Fortitude: Humility.
(3) Father of Faith: Meekness.
(4) Teacher of the Word: Wisdom.
(5) Protector of Virgins: Chastity.
(6) Guardian of Dream: Knowledge.
(7) Counselor in Life: Understanding.
(8) Terror of Demons: Silence.
(9) Patron of Family: Piety.

Note: Among the nine Cases in Point, No. 8 is the longest. Be prepared!

Why go to St. Joseph?
St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, the Most Zealous Doctor, loves him. He exhorts: “Go, then to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you; Go to Joseph, and obey him as Jesus and Mary obeyed him; Go to Joseph, and speak to him as they spoke to him; Go to Joseph, and consult him as they consulted him; Go to Joseph, and honour him as they honoured him; Go to Joseph, and be grateful to him as they were grateful to him; Go to Joseph, and love him, as they love him still.”

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