Joseph: The Man Closest to Christ

God gave us quite a role model in this beloved and "just" saint chosen BY GOD to protect his Son and Our Lady.

From Women for Faith and Family we read...
Pope Pius IX placed the whole Church under the Patronage of Saint Joseph in 1870.
In 1989, Pope John Paul II reflected deeply on the life and witness of Saint Joseph in Redemptoris Custos "Guardian of the Redeemer" (q.v).

Among the saints known to have had particular devotions to Saint Joseph are Saint Bernard, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Gertrude, Saint Bridget of Sweden, Saint Alphonsus and Saint Teresa of Avila.
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI said that in a world which is "too noisy, and does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God", Christians should "allow themselves to be 'infected' by the silence of St Joseph".

A model of humility, St. Joseph dedicated his whole life to the interests of Jesus - an example of faith and trust, he was obedient to God's call. I continue to pray that the men in my family reflect St. Joseph's character to...

- Protect the unborn
- Be unselfish husbands/ Authentic fatherhood
- Serve God and His Church/ hard-working providers
- Devote themselves to The Blessed Virgin and the chastity of their vocation

No great words or deeds necessary as the Bible in Matthew 1 :18 notes... Just an example of holiness in being lovingly faithful, placing the Lord and Blessed Mother first. How could we not want our husbands and sons, our priests, to not be JUST like St. Joseph?!
I hold St. Joseph dear to me and my family and have felt an affinity to him from very early on in my reversion to the faith. As a mother of 3 sons, I like to have our family watch this inspiring DVD on St. Joseph every March. (You can rent it at Netflix.)

St. Joseph....for the Church, for Priestly fathers, for fathers, for our sons....Ora Pro Nobis.

1 comment:

Annita, Mom2Seven said...

St. Joseph is very dear to me as well. When pregnant with my fifth child, I prayed to him every day asking for his protection and intercession for my unborn child. (I had had two miscarriages after our fourth child.) Anyhow, she was born on March 19, healthy and beautiful. She will be eight tomorrow. We named her Hope Maria after Our Lady of Hope. I felt that by
naming her after Our Lady, we were honoring St. Joseph as well.

Peace and prayers

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