Saint Joseph - The Honored One

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"Saint Joseph, Patron of the Church, Foster Father of Jesus,
and Protector of the Virginity of Mary"


Since the Church has experienced the Efficacy of Saint Joseph's protection, whether in Propagating or Manifesting forth the Faith in all its Purity, She is inspired with a fresh motive to honor him  ------ namely, the benefit thence to be derived by the Faithful. Therefore, She seems to regard Saint Joseph as the Protector of all Christians, and, as such, She judges him worthy to be Chosen, Invoked, and Imitated by all Ages and Conditions of Men.


Saint Joseph - The Honored One

by Father Charles Irvin

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Saint Joseph is, as we all know, the Patron of the Universal Church. Along with Mary he is one of the most honored saints in the entire array of saints found in the life and history of our Church. It is fitting that this be so - he was next to Mary, the Guardian of Jesus, the link between Christ and the prophetic portrayal of the origins of the Messiah being found in the "House of David".

In addition to being honored as the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, he is hailed as the Patron of Workers, Patron of Families, Patron of the Sick and Dying, and the Guardian Saint of Virgins. He is also the patron of those engaged in the interior life, as well as being the patron saint of those in authority, of fathers, priests, and those placed in charge over the poor and defenseless.


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Pope Pius XI

Pope Pius XII

Pope John XXIII


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Pope Pius XI invoked him as the saint whom we should call upon to defeat atheistic communism.

[stj23.jpg (7843 bytes)From: Divini Redemptoris, dtd 19 March 1937 - " To hasten the advent of that 'peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ' so ardently desired by all, We place the vast campaign of the Church against world Communism under the standard of Saint Joseph, Her mighty Protector. He belongs to the working-class, and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family, whose tender and vigilant head he was. To him was entrusted the Divine Child when Herod loosed his assassins against Him. In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, he left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands. He won for himself the title of 'The Just,' serving thus as a living model of that Christian justice which should reign in social life."]

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Pope Pius XII, for his part, proclaimed the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker (1 May) as a counter-point to the May Day celebrations held throughout the communist "workers paradise" world.

[On May 1, 1955, Pope Pius XII granted a public audience to the Catholic Association of Italian Workers, whose members had gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their society. They were solemnly renewing, in common, their promise of loyalty to the social doctrine of the Church, and it was on that day that the Pope instituted the liturgical feast of May 1st, in honor of Saint Joseph the Worker. He assured his audience and the working people of the world: “You have beside you a shepherd, a defender and a father in Saint Joseph, the carpenter whom God in His providence chose to be the virginal father of Jesus and the head of the Holy Family. He is silent but has excellent hearing, and his intercession is very powerful over the Heart of the Savior."]

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Pope John XXIII declared Saint Joseph to be the patron-protector of the Second Vatican Council, going on to direct that the name of Saint Joseph be included in the Canon of the Mass.

On that last point, ever since I was ordained (1967) and have celebrated Mass, I have made it a point to incorporate his name whenever I have offered Mass, even in the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass which have developed since Vatican II. Mary and Joseph have, in my spiritual life, always been linked together.


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Saint Joseph's Oratory, Mont Royal, boasts a ninety-seven metre dome
that makes it the second largest of its kind after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.


One of the principal shrines in the entire Catholic world is found on Mont Royal, in Montreal, Canada, the shrine founded by the saintly Brother Andre. Since 1624 Saint Joseph has been the Patron Saint of Canada. The present massive and awesome Shrine began to take shape in 1918 when the Crypt of Saint Joseph's Shrine was built. The library in that shrine contains every important book and literary work ever written about Saint Joseph. And, quite naturally, it is a place of miracles, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world. It has been visited by millions of pilgrims -- and will be visited by more millions in the future.

In this time when the role model of the male, the role model of the husband/father is weak and even under attack by certain militant groups, the role, image, and commanding character of Saint Joseph takes on even greater importance. He ought to be put before the eyes of young boys and teens with these questions:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Just what does it take to be a real man?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)What are "real men" all about?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)What are the masculine characteristics needed in complementarity with feminine characteristics?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)What does the feminist movement tell us about what it means to be a man?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Was Joseph a weak man or a strong man, and why?

All of these questions swirl about us these days.

Perhaps a "visit" with Saint Joseph would be in order - it might do us a whole lot of good. It could even bring its own sort of "miraculous" healing to many of us men.


Make a Visit to Saint Joseph

God inspires the Church to define a certain dogma of the faith at the particular moment in history when it is most helpful to the Faithful. Devotion to Saint Joseph is a powerful antidote to many of the moral dangers of this age. Stirred by the workings of divine grace, the Holy Spirit has granted the people of God the inspiration and enlightenment necessary to discover in the person of Joseph a cure for the problems that afflict them. Among these problems can be mentioned:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Failure of men to accept the role of leadership in their homes;

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Neglect of spirituality in marriage;

 littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Lack of sanctification of labor by the working man;

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)A general weakening of esteem for the practice of religion and virtue, especially purity.

God's Providence always brings to full flowering in the Church the devotions relevant to a particular time; and many of today's problems, especially with males, could be lessened by devotion to Saint Joseph. It goes without saying that the surest sign of personal devotion to Saint Joseph is manifested by praying to him frequently. His good friends have always called upon him in time of need, when in doubt or discouraged.


Feast Days

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)March 19th - Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)May 1st - Saint Joseph the Worker



Ancient Miraculous Prayer to Saint Joseph

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, nor shall they be burned in any fire, nor shall they be overpowered in battle.

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O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath, Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.


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Many miracles have been attributed to this daily prayer.
Make this prayer known everywhere . . .


Pray along with Sister Grace Marie


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