From Saint and Thought For Every Day,
by Blessed James Alberione
Husband of Mary
After the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is our most powerful intercessor before God. St. Joseph faithfully cared for his little family, Jesus and Mary. No sacrifice was too great for him. Now Jesus shows him His gratitude by granting our requests through St. Joseph's intercession. Pope Pius IX proclaimed him patron of the universal Church in 1870.
Let us go to St. Joseph in all our needs, and especially ask him for the grace of a holy death.
The Great Silent One
Joseph is called the man of deep silence. He came and went, did his work, and gave orders in his home in a kindly way, with a purpose which had matured in him after he had learned the divine will, after he had tried to study what the Lord wanted. His way of giving orders was to make a slight sign, to give a slight hint of what seemed to him to be the will of God. This man of deep silence occupies the first place among the saints, and what an amount of wisdom his mind contained!
In an inexpressible manner, St. Joseph was and is a faithful cooperator in the redemption of the world. He is the foster father of Jesus and His provider, the defender of the Virgin Mother of God, the rescuer of the threatened life of the Savior, the protector of the universal Church, the confidant and hope of innumerable souls who have recourse to him. Let us feel ourselves as living and active members in the Mystical Body of the Church, which Jesus Christ conquered with His blood. As the Father sent His beloved Son into the world as an apostle, so we were appointed to the apostolate. Everyone should feel the responsibility of saving souls.
From A Year With Blessed James Alberione,
Compiled by J. Maurus
Hearty cooperation between father and son
Education is not mere instruction or concern for discipline or preparation for a profession.
It is the formation of a totally new person.
St. Joseph represented on earth the paternity of God the Father to the Word incarnate. He was full of respect, esteem and love for his foster Son; he was conscious of his duties towards him.
And on his part, Jesus had for Joseph a profound sense of reverence, devoted love, serene trust and constant docility.
St. Joseph, with Mary, had to prepare for the world the unique Master, the Priest, and the Host. And Jesus with perfect dedication aimed at the perfect fulfillment of the will of His Father: both had thus only one aim: hearty cooperation.
What Strikes Me Most Today
What strikes me most today is the depiction of St. Joseph in the movie "Nativity," as seen in the film clip above. St. Joseph is portrayed as a young, vibrant husband to Mary and Stepfather to Jesus. For all he did to protect and raise Jesus, this depiction seems more fitting than the elderly Joseph at the nativity sometimes depicted.
St. Joseph, Pray for us! (and forgive me if you were older when Jesus was born... if so, I'm even more impressed with all you did!)
What strikes you most today?
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