Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Let us go to Joseph!

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by St Joseph's intercession
your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries
of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
 (Collect ~ today's Liturgy) 

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Protector of the Divine Infant and Mary
Patron of the Universal Church
March 19

"Words cannot express the perfection of his adoration. If Saint John leaped in the womb at the approach of Mary, what feelings must have coursed through Joseph during those six months when he had at his side and under his very eyes the hidden God! If the father of Origen used to kiss his child during the night and adore the Holy Spirit living within Him, can we doubt that Joseph must often have adored Jesus hidden in the pure tabernacle of Mary?
How fervent that adoration must have been: My Lord and my God, behold your servant! No one can describe the adoration of this noble soul. He saw nothing, yet he believed; his faith had to pierce the virginal veil of Mary.

So likewise with you! Under the veil of the Sacred Species your faith must see our Lord. Ask St. Joseph for his Lively, constant faith." ~ St. Peter Julian Eymard


“He [St. Joseph] nourished with the greatest solicitude
Him whom the faithful were one day to receive
as the Bread of Life on their homeward journey.”   ~ Pope Pius IX

"We have close to us as much as Joseph had at Nazareth; we have our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, but our poor eyes fail to see Him. Let us once become interior souls and we shall immediately see. In no better way can we enter into the Heart of our Lord than through Saint Joseph. Jesus and Mary are eager to pay the debts which they owe him for his devoted care of them, and their greatest pleasure is to fulfill his least desire. Let him, then, lead you by hand into the interior sanctuary 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; www.ewtn.com


"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


St Joseph, ora pro nobis!


  1. I always pray for my future husband to St. Joseph. Please pray with me for him to St. Joseph who a just man, a man of humble beginnings, who protected Jesus and Mary (thus the Host and the Tabernacle) with his life and who made sure that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

  2. Ruth - I will indeed pray! - I have already copied off this request, prayed along with you, and put the paper under my big statue of St Joseph. Further I will be praying for this intention each day in particular at Mass when the consecration has occured.

    I prayed in this way for my daughter - and the prayers were answered perfectly for her!

    Thank you for the privilege to join in these important prayers! I will come to the Wedding when it is planned!!

  3. This is so beautiful Janette! I love how you are praying for me like your very own daughter!
    Yes, it is amazing to be your daughter in Christ!