Monday, March 20, 2017

+ Ite ad Joseph! + Go to Joseph! +

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint 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

Solemnity of St Joseph 
+ Patron of the Universal Church +
+Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary +
+ Protector of the Divine Infant and Mary +
March 19*
*celebrated March 20 in 2017 since March 19 fell on a Sunday

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"Saint Joseph believed unhesitatingly in the mystery of the Incarnation, in the fruitful virginity and in the divine maternity of Mary. He believed without seeing the miracles that were to fill Judea with his glory and renown of his holy name.
We too should recognize Jesus in the frail Host that is offered to us at the altar. Here He is even smaller than at Bethlehem, more hidden than in Saint Joseph's workshop. Still it is He, 'I believe all the Son of God has spoken, than Truth's own word there is no truer token.'"

  Bishop Pierre-Anastase Pichenot

“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  

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Saint Joseph  joined with Mary in adoration and  united himself to Christ, Whose heart surged with sentiments of adoration, love and praise for the Father and of charity for men. St. Joseph’s adoration kept pace with every stage of our Lord’s life, drawing upon the grace, the spirit, and the virtue of each mystery. In the Incarnation he adored the self-annihilation of the Son of God; at Bethlehem, the poverty; at Nazareth, the silence, the apparent weakness, the obedience, and all the other virtues of Christ.…

Because his faith was so strong, Joseph’s mind and heart bowed in perfect adoration. Imitate his faith as you kneel before the  humble Christ annihilated in the Eucharist. Pierce the veil which covers this furnace of love and adore the hidden God. ”

St Peter Julian Eymard
"To other Saints our Lord has given power to help in one sort
of need , but this glorious saint, as I know by experience,
helps us in every need." St Teresa of Avila
 St Joseph, pray for us!
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"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
 Click here: St Joseph: A Hidden Life from "Who Cares About The Saints?"Fr. James Martin, S.J. - YouTube  (7 mins)

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