Ite ad Joseph - Go to Joseph, he has the treasures of Jesus in his hands!!
Blessed St. Joseph Day! St. Joseph pray for us!! There is so much to ask St. Joseph for today and always. We all knew this chastisement was coming but now that it is here --- it is hard to endure. Who knows where this will take us. I will save that for tomorrow's article - today we will talk about good St. Joseph.
Reasons for honoring St. Joseph:
Holy Church honors St. Joseph through a special devotion in his role as Spouse of Mary and adoptive Father of Christ. In those days, God charged him to provide for the various needs of the Holy Family, and that is the reason why the faithful confidently recommend themselves to him in their temporal necessities. Since St. Joseph was the Head and Protector of the Holy Family, he was proclaimed Patron of the Universal Church by the Blessed Pope Pius IX on the 8th of December 1870.
We especially invoke St. Joseph on account of his admirable purity in order to obtain or partake of this beautiful virtue.
He is patron of the interior life because he spent his life in the company of Jesus and Mary: a life of union with God, a life of faith, of humility and of work thus is he the patron and model of workers.
He is moreover, the patron of a good and holy death, since he had the blessing of dying in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
As there are so many in need right now in the Universal Church with virtually no Masses except to go on-line, we are in great need of St. Joseph! Also, there are so many dying in the world of this virus - may we invoke him for a holy death - a repentant death - one that will lead to eternal salvation. May we ask St. Joseph to intercede for all those who have died, are dying and about to die from this virus.
Below is a beautiful prayer and also there is a link for a 7 PM Mass tonight Live from St. Joseph Shrine in Detroit, MI - God bless and Happy St. Joseph Day!!
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH OFTEN RECITED AFTER THE ROSARY
To you, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and, having implored the help of your thrice holy spouse, we now with hearts filled with confidence earnestly beg you also to take us under your protection. By that charity, where you were united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which you did cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech you and we humbly pray, that you will look down with gracious eyes, upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and will aid us in our need by your power and strength. Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, O most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old you did rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God's holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under your patronage, that, following your example, and strengthened by your help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!