While the nation will be basking in the after glow of the royal wedding, a small troop of Catholics will be tripping down to Winchester for a very different royal experience.
St Joseph’s Soup Kitchen (mobile soup kitchen, I should say) will be serving the royal ambassadors of Christ; giving food, drink, comfort and a listening ear to the homeless of Winchester on Sunday, 1st of May, The feast of St Joseph the Worker (though liturgically moved to the Monday).
Ambassadors of Christ? “For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink….as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:31-45). The “least brethren” are the people we are least inclined to: dirty and smelly homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally disturbed (and in some cases our family members or spouses!). These “low lives” are presented to us as God’s representatives, as Christ on the cross begging our compassion and charity.
To respond to this call, we will be expanding the work of the Catholic Volunteer Movement (CVM), which is already operating in Canterbury and Oxford. I will be writing in detail on the CVM, its history and ethos, in a later posting.
We will inaugurate our apostolate on a historically important day.
On this day, in 1776, Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati in Bavaria, Germany. This was a secret society whose founding principles were reflected in all future subversive movements, geared toward national government control and ulitimately a new world order fashioned under their fists.
To counter this ursupation of the natural and divine orders, Pope Pius XII established the feast of St Joseph the Worker on 1st May 1955, to extend the paternal mantle of St Joseph from the Universal Church (a feast given to us by Pope Pius IX in 1870) to all workers and labours, not only to “supernaturalise” all work, but also as an antithesis to the slavery of the worker under Communism and, dare I say, Capitalism.
It is also important to note that the Catholic Worker Movement, in 1933, 1st sold The Catholic Worker in Times Square , NY, to the shock of many Communists selling The Daily Worker (CVM and CWM sound the same? I’ll cover this in a later posting).
In the spirit of our great traditions, we will be the spreading the Gospel message to the least of our brethren, knowing that in every one in Christ in need…… “as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.”
St Joseph Pray for us.