FEAST of ST JOSEPH
“He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy
guardian and protector of His greatest treasures, namely,
His divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation
with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying:
‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’”
St. Bernardine of Siena
Artist - Svitozar Nenyuk
“We all have in him [St. Joseph] as a model and a protector. As adorers
of the Sacramental Jesus, we continue near the Blessed Sacrament
his service, his adoration and his love. He will watch over us and
give us his spirit and virtues. Leading us to Jesus, he will say to Him:
‘I cannot be on earth any longer to watch over You and serve You,
but bless these adorers who are replacing me; give them the graces
You gave me, so that their service may recall and replace mine.’
How happy St Joseph is to see us crowding about Jesus in
His Sacrament, feeble, abandoned, persecuted, more in need of
defenders and servants than in His Infancy. St Joseph, be my protector,
my model, and my father in my service of Jesus Eucharistic.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard
"St Joseph, your life and office were of a priestly function and
are especially connected with the Blessed Sacrament. To some
extent you were the means of bringing the Redeemer to us --
as it is the priest's function to bring Him to us in the Mass -- for you
reared Jesus, supported, nourished, protected and sheltered Him.
You were prefigured by the patriarch Joseph, who kept supplies
of wheat for his people. But how much greater than he were you!
Joseph of old gave the Egyptians mere bread for their bodies.
You nourished, and with the most tender care, preserved for the
Church Him who is the Bread of Heaven and who gives eternal life
in Holy Communion." From Fifth Day of Novena to St Joseph
"When Egypt was laid waste by the great famine, Pharaoh told his people,
Ite ad Joseph! - Go to Joseph! (Genesis 41:55)
So if we are in trouble, let us listen to the word of the Lord and take Pharaoh's advice; let us go to Joseph if we wish to be consoled."
St Alphonsus de Ligouri
Ste Joseph, ora pro nobis!