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The Saints Are Told To Have A Great Devotion To Saint Joseph.

The Saints Are Told To Have A Great Devotion To Saint Joseph.

The Saints Are Told To Have A Great Devotion To Saint Joseph.

Saint Gertrude’s Vision of Saint Joseph.

I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

(1 Timothy 2:14).

And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer up the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God. And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel.

(Rev. 8:3-4).

Once, on the Feast of the Annunciation, St. Gertrude had a vision during which the Heavenly Mother revealed to her the glory of her spouse, St. Joseph, in order to awaken in the Saint a greater love for him and to encourage her to have confidence in his intercession. Of this vision St. Gertrude wrote:

“I saw Heaven opened and St. Joseph sitting upon a magnificent throne. I felt myself wonderfully affected when, each time his name was mentioned, all the Saints made a profound inclination toward him, showing by the serenity and sweetness of their looks that they rejoiced with him on account of his exalted dignity.”

Jesus tells Saint Margaret of Cortona to be Devoted to Saint Joseph.

Jesus Christ made known His wishes on this point to St. Margaret of Cortona, by appearing to her one day and telling her, among other things, to cultivate a special devotion to St. Joseph, who had performed the part of father towards Him with so much zeal and affection. It would be an act of inexcusable ingratitude for Christians to refuse to pay St. Joseph, through love of the God-Saviour, a tribute of honor and gratitude. As for me, O my Jesus, I will follow Thy example; I will serve him whom Thou has served; I will honor him whom Thou hast honored; I will love him whom Thou has loved with the tenderness of a son. Finally, O my sweet Jesus! by that profound humility which rendered Thy adorable person obedient to the least motion of St. Joseph, I beseech Thee to grant that Thy unworthy servant may be devoted from this moment and forever to the service of this great Saint for the sole purpose of pleasing Thee, since Thou wast the first to give an example. of affection towards him.

St. Alphonsus Liguori on St. Joseph.

Patron of a Happy Death.

“Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard him as the advocate of the dying who had honored him during their life, and they do so for three reasons:

“First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint.

“Second, because St. Joseph has obtained special power against the evil spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigor at the hour of death.

“Third, the assistance given St. Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary.”


The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain, Taken From The Mystical City Of God By Venerable Mary Agreda As Dictated By The Immaculate Virgin Mary.

My daughter, although thou hast described my spouse, saint Joseph, as the most noble among the princes and saints of the heavenly Jerusalem; yet neither can thou properly manifest his eminent sanctity, nor can any of the mortals know it fully before they arrive at the vision of the Divinity. Then all of them will be filled with wonder and praise as the Lord will make them capable of understanding this sacrament.

On the last day, when all men shall be judged, the damned will bitterly bewail their sins, which prevented them from appreciating this powerful means of their salvation, and availing themselves, as they easily could have, of this intercessor to gain the friendship of the just Judge. The whole human race has much undervalued the privileges and prerogatives conceded to my blessed spouse and they know not what his intercession with God is able to do. I assure thee, my dearest, that he is one of the greatly favored personages in the divine presence and has immense power to stay the arms of divine vengeance.

I desire that thou be very thankful to the divine condescension for vouchsafing thee so much light and knowledge regarding this mystery, and also for the favor which I am doing thee therein. From now on, during the rest of thy mortal life, see that thou advance in devotion and in hearty love toward my spouse, and that thou bless the Lord for thus having favored him with such high privileges and for having rejoiced me so much in the knowledge of all his excellences. 

In all thy necessities, thou must avail thyself of his intercession. Thou shouldst induce many to venerate him and see that thy own religious distinguish themselves in their devotion. That which my spouse asks of the Lord in heaven is granted upon the earth and on his intercession depend many and extraordinary favors for men, if they do not make themselves unworthy of receiving them. 

All these privileges were to be a reward for the amiable perfection of this wonderful saint and for his great virtues; for divine clemency is favorably drawn forth by them and looks upon saint Joseph with generous liberality, ready to shower down its marvelous mercies upon all those who avail themselves of his intercession.

In Mary of Agreda’s City of God, we learn the following consoling revelations:

•    “First, those who invoke him (St. Joseph) shall obtain from God, by his intercession, the gift of chastity, and shall not be conquered by the temptation of the senses.

•    Secondly, they shall receive particular graces to deliver them from sin.

•    Thirdly, they shall obtain a true devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

•    Fourthly, they shall have a good and happy death, and in that all-decisive moment be defended against the assaults of Satan.

•    Fifthly, they shall be delivered when expedient for them, from bodily sufferings, and shall find help in their afflictions.

•    Sixthly, if married, they shall be blessed with offsprings.

•    Seventhly, the demons shall have extreme dread of the glorious name of St. Joseph.

With so many graces to be obtained through his powerful intercessions, let us not tarry nor hesitate in asking humbly for the protection and aid of dear St. Joseph, Terror of demons!

Here Are The Seven Promises of St. Joseph

Here Are The Seven Promises of St. Joseph

Beneath are the seven promises of St. Joseph:

  1. God will give special graces to those that do not know me, to have a great devotion to me.
  2. God will bless all who are married and the blessing in their family will be without limit.
  3. Those married and without children will be blessed with offspring.
  4. God will give special graces to be delivered from tribulations and the snares of the devil.
  5. They shall overcome their temptations and tribulations.
  6. God shall grant them instant assistance when they invoke my intercession, for the demons have extreme dread of the invocation of my name.
  7. For all those who embrace a St. Joseph cenacle, they shall gain a more fervent love for Jesus and a true devotion to Most Holy Mary.
What Joseph Taught Jesus About Suffering For Others

What Joseph Taught Jesus About Suffering For Others

It’s good to know that St. Joseph’s Day comes just seven days before Passion Sunday this year.

This Sunday we will hear how Jesus died in obedience to his Father, in heaven. This Monday we understand that it wasn’t just his heavenly Father he was obeying. He was following Joseph, too.

At least, that’s what Mother Teresa says.

“Saint Joseph is the most wonderful example!” Mother Teresa said. “When he realized that Mary was with child, he only had to do one thing: To go to the head, to the priest and say, ‘My wife has a child, not mine.’. They would have stoned her; that was the rule.”

Rather, she said, “He decided, ‘I’ll run away.’ And the rule was that … if he had run away and left his wife pregnant, they would stone him.” (Emphasis mine.)

Mother Teresa is no theologian, and Church authorities interpret Joseph’s decision in different ways, but Mother Teresa’s take (find the longer quote here) has informed my thinking about St. Joseph ever since.

If Mother Teresa is right, then what Jesus does in the Gospel on Passion Sunday is modeled directly on what his foster father Joseph does in today’s Gospel.

One of the Gospel readings (there are two options) for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19, is the one that includes the passage in question:

After Mary “was found with child through the Holy Spirit, Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to show her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:18–19).

Why would a “righteous man” divorce his wife, precisely when she is in trouble?

Fathers of the Church suggests that Joseph knew Mary wasn’t guilty of anything. Maybe, says St. Jerome, “Joseph, confident in her purity, and wondering at what had happened, covered in silence that mystery which he could not explain.”

That’s beautiful, but I like how Mother Teresa spells out what would occur next. After all, St. Joseph also had the Mosaic Law to deal with.

St. Joseph knew what the Law said: Mary, pregnant outside of wedlock, had either done wrong, or she had been wronged. Either she needed to be shamed or someone else did. Joseph chose “someone else.”

The Mosaic Law reserves sexual relations to after full marriage, and regardless of the implication — stoning or the shame of social stigma — Joseph, being righteous, would have been determined to see the Mosaic Law accomplished.

What would happen next? Mary’s pregnancy would soon become clear. Joseph would be approached about it. If he continued to refuse to fault Mary or anyone else, the conclusion people would make is clear: Joseph himself must have impregnated Mary and then cast her off.

Joseph would be the one “exposed to shame.”

So Jesus’ foster father decided to silently make himself guilty of another person’s sin, and suffer in her place.

If Mother Teresa is right, Joseph didn’t just decide to suffer for Mary — but for Mary and her unborn child. He offered himself for Jesus, too.

I like to think that Jesus recalled his dad’s deed when he stood before Pilate and the Sanhedrin and King Herod.

He knew you and I were guilty, and that our sins had to be punished. But instead see us suffer, he made himself guilty of our sins.

When he was asked to defend himself, he said nothing — he didn’t admit guilt, because he wasn’t guilty. He didn’t profess his innocence, because that would jeopardize us. Instead he said nothing, sealing his doom and winning our freedom.

Much like Joseph planned to do for him.

“See the tender love of St. Joseph for Mary?” ended Mother Teresa’s quote in our wedding program. “He loved her so much that he would rather the people would stone him than her. This is the love that I pray for you.”

The Heroic Role Of Joseph’s Faith. 

The Heroic Role Of Joseph’s Faith. 


The Heroic Role of Joseph’s Faith.

(Homily for Tuesday 18th December 2018).

_“When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.” *(Matthew 1:24)*_

Yesterday December 17, we read the genealogy of Jesus Christ; a genealogy that carries a lot of important persons who were instrumental in one way or the other towards the realization of God’s plan for mankind. Nevertheless, our focus of attention was on Judah, the fact that Jacob’s blessings singled him out of all his brothers thereby earning the title of one of the direct ancestor of Jesus.

If Judah’s involvement in Jesus’ ancestry was courtesy of the blessing he got, there is one person whose involvement came out of his own personal free will; someone who had every right as well as every reason not to be part of the story of Jesus Christ.

Only very few men will agree to the terms given to Joseph by the Angel regarding Mary. Only very few men will agree to father a child that is not theirs biologically. Only a few men will agree to stand in for or cover up for the “shameful” circumstances so to say of Mary’s pregnancy. Nothing of such had ever happened before that a woman became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Given that we are used to casting and binding (rejecting by force) the contents of our dreams that are not in line with what we want, Joseph could have as well woken up from sleep to cast and bind the Angel. But he did not. Why? He believed the dream was not simply a figment of imagination but something real; something beyond him; something that required obedience.

Joseph deserves a lot of heroic commendation for his Faith. First, by his unwillingness to put Mary to shame, Joseph showed that he believed that regardless of what people do, they still deserve respect. Secondly, by listening to the Angel’s words in a dream, Joseph, unlike Zechariah displayed faith in God’s ability to speak to us through dreams. Thirdly, by actually obeying the Angel, Joseph showed that he believed in the possibility of God taking flesh in the womb of a person.

Joseph’s faith should inspire us to believe that with God all things are possible. Joseph’s faith should inspire us to believe that regardless of what people are saying, truth can never be hidden. If Joseph had followed public opinion, he would have abandoned the Angel’s words but he believed against all odds and in the end, he was vindicated. Mary had truly conceived by the Holy Spirit, she wasn’t a girl who was promiscuous. The child she would give birth to turned out to be exactly what the Angel said.

Finally, Joseph’s act of faith should make us reflect again on the meaning of the word “Father.” Who is a father? Is it simply one who makes a woman pregnant or one who takes responsibility for the care and upbringing of a child? The role of Joseph in the life of Jesus not only authenticates Jesus’ real humanity, but it also proves that every child needs a Father to become all he or she needs to be. Without a Father or at least someone to call “Daddy” a child’s growth and development could be affected. Yet, it is not easy to be Father.

Yes, it is not easy to be a Father. I just saw a post on social media explaining why men tend to die before their wives. I am sure many of us have read the post. It actually outlines the many ordeals men have to go through once they become Fathers. In summary, being a Father involves doing a lot of unrewarding work for others; it is a life of sacrifice. It is like cooking a pot of soup without ever getting the opportunity of tasting it when it is done. Ever wondered why nothing at all is heard about Joseph after the infant narratives of Jesus?

I know today is not father’s day but I ask that you please take out time today to pray for your Father (most especially if you are like me whose father’s name happens to be Joseph also). It is not easy to be a Father. It is not easy to be even a Reverend Father because like Joseph it involves fathering a lot of children who are not biologically yours, children even older than you.

“Father-work” is a job with a lot of expectations and responsibilities, a job where failure is just not an option, a job where sacrifice is normal, obedience non-negotiable and work insurmountable.

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, bless our Fathers. Keep them strong and endow them with faith like that of Joseph to love, care and protect their children. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent. 

Bible Study: Jeremiah 23:5-8, Psalm 72:1-19 and Matthew 1:18-24).

-Fr. Evaristus Abu.

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