“The Glorious St. Joseph”

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“Go to Joseph”
By Saint Alphonsus de Liguori:

Saint Bernardine of Siena used to say; “There is no doubt about it; in Heaven, Jesus Christ not only continues to show Saint Joseph every sign of the familiarity and respect with which he showed him during his life on earth, as Son to father, but adds to them with fresh honours.” Notice these two words: familiarity and respect. The Lord, who on earth honoured Saint Joseph as a father, will certainly not refuse him anything he asks in Heaven.

At this point we ought to add that Saint Joseph had on earth no authority over the humanity of Jesus Christ as a natural father would have, though he did, in a certain sense, have authority over him as husband of Mary who had authority over him as his natural Mother. Whoever has the right to a tree, also has the right to the fruit it bears. Consequently, on Earth Jesus Christ used to respect Joseph and obey him as His superior, and it follows that Saint Joseph’s prayers in Heaven are treated as orders by Jesus Christ. This is Gerson’s thought: “When a father prays to his son,” he says, “his prayers truly are commands.”

Now let us listen to what Saint Bernard has to say about Saint Joseph’s intercessory power on behalf of his supplicants: “There are some saints who have the power of protecting in certain specific circumstances; but Saint Joseph has been granted the power to help us in every kind of need, and to defend all who have recourse to him with pious dispositions.”

That was how Saint Bernard put it; Saint Teresa confirms his opinion from her own experience and tells us: “It would seem that God has only granted the other saints power to help us in one kind of necessity; but experience shows that Saint Joseph can help in every kind of need.”

There is no doubt about it: just as Jesus Christ wanted to be subject to Joseph on Earth, so He does everything the saint asks of Him in Heaven. When Egypt was laid waste by the great famine, Pharaoh told his people, Ite ad Joseph! – Go to Joseph! 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…Above all, I most strongly urge you to ask him for three special graces: forgiveness of sins, love of Jesus Christ, and a happy death.

(This reading on St. Joseph was taken from ‘The Magnificat’ for Thursday, March 19, Solemnity of St. Joseph.)

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Prayer to St. Joseph,
patron of the Universal Church,
by Pope Leo XIII

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we fly in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we also now confidently implore thy holy patronage. We beseech thee by that charity, which united thee with the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and we humbly pray thee by that fatherly love, with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, to look kindly upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His Blood, and to come to help us in our necessities with thy virtue and powerful aid.

Defend, O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen offspring of Jesus Christ. Ward off from us, O most loving Father, every contagion of error and corruption. Be propitious to us from Heaven, O our most mighty Protector, in our struggle with the power of darkness; and as once thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the greatest peril of His life, so now defend the Holy Church of God from the snares of Her enemies and from all adversity. Shield too, each one of us with thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and powerful aid, we may be able to live a holy life, die a holy death, and attain everlasting beatitude in Heaven.

Amen.

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19 Responses to “The Glorious St. Joseph”

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    St Joseph was not a sperm donor. He was a father. Why is it that lesbians want a sperm donor for their children, but not a father? I know, let’s Ask The Bigot.

  2. JabbaPapa says:

    At this point we ought to add that Saint Joseph had on earth no authority over the humanity of Jesus Christ as a natural father would have

    Sorry, but that’s just plain old false.

    It is an implicit denial of Christ’s humanity, and of His submission to His Law.

    And it’s an overt denial of St Joseph’s charism as the father of God. (small f)

    The Christ was not a willful brat who bossed his parents about, He was a loving and dutiful son to his earthly father.

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    AnonymousUs: Stories from the Donor Conceived “is a place where donor-conceived persons can be completely blunt about how their origins have impacted their lives. A place where kids don’t have to worry about toeing the line or hurting their parent’s feelings. It’s anonymous and that makes for brutal honesty. Below you will find every entry, unedited, where donor-conceived children report having a gay parent. Read ‘em. It’s raw and hard.”

    That’s from askthebigot.com. Makes me appreciate why anonymity can be a blessing (albeit a mixed one) on the internet, since it would be mortifying for some members of my family to know that I read (and endorse) things like that.

  4. JabbaPapa says:

    Harrowing tales, jh

    You are quite right to bring them to our attenion

  5. kathleen says:

    Jabba @ 18:12

    Yes, I do kind of agree with you that the first part of that sentence you quote would appear to be unintentionally undermining St. Joseph’s paternal authority over the Holy Infant (something that is evidently not true of course; Who better than Jesus would fulfill the fourth commandment?) Although St. Alphonsus does then go on to say so, and that, “on Earth Jesus Christ used to respect Joseph and obey him“. I wonder if it was simply a matter of something getting ‘lost in translation’ [Ed. in St. Alphonsus’ original wording] as sometimes happens.

    St. Luke’s Gospel tells us very clearly that “[Jesus] went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them“. And also that “Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men”, surely also thanks to the perfect guidance of His Blessed Mother and the protective, wise and holy St. Joseph.

  6. kathleen says:

    @ JH

    “Harrowing tales” indeed at that link you give! Poor kids.

    And look what happens when some rather more clear-thinking ‘gays’ admit that a same-sex couple should not adopt children; they get bombarded with hate-filled attacks by the other ‘gays’!

    “Openly gay fashion legends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are facing a furious backlash from gay activists and entertainers after they said they oppose gay “marriage” and adoption and find the creation of children-on-demand through IVF unnatural and troubling.”
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/petitions/i-support-dolce-and-gabbana

  7. toadspittle says:

    “It would seem that God has only granted the other saints power to help us in one kind of necessity; but experience shows that Saint Joseph can help in every kind of need.”
    There is no doubt about it: just as Jesus Christ wanted to be subject to Joseph on Earth, so He does everything the saint asks of Him in Heaven. “

    Makes us ponder just what the saint does ask of Jesus in Heaven. “Fix the wonky door on the downstairs bathroom cabinet yourself, this time – I’m retired, remember?”
    Heaven is, clearly – from this account – a somewhat mundane place.
    There is no doubt about it. Apparently.

  8. kathleen says:

    Toad, back to the classroom with you! Do you really not understand the Catholic teaching on “the intercession of the saints”?

    And what greater saint in Heaven do we have to intercede for us (after the Blessed Mother of God) than the holy Guardian of Jesus on Earth during His early years? So Joseph was the guardian of the Mystical Body of Jesus, which is represented in His Church, and as his wishes were obeyed by Christ while on Earth, so now, when he is in Heaven, will his intercession still be granted. That is why so many of the holy saints of the Church developed a great devotion to Glorious St. Joseph.
    He is not there to “fix wonky doors” (OK, I know this was a poor joke) but to assist us by all the spiritual and goodly means available on our pilgrim journeys through life, and through his protection, to see us safely reach our heavenly destination.

    P.S. Here is another well-known ancient prayer to St. Joseph begging his intercession:

    O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

    O Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

    O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath, Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.

    Amen.

  9. toadspittle says:

    “Toad, back to the classroom with you! Do you really not understand the Catholic teaching on “the intercession of the saints”?”
    No.

    However, Kathleen, I do believe that Catholic dogma, which is not to be questioned, states that we will get our earthly bodies back one day – in Paradise. (Whether we want them, or not.)
    Which will mean, we must logically suppose, that we shall be obliged to – how can I put it delicately – “Go to the toilet,” when we are “Up There.” (Sorry, Adrian.)
    Would you want to have to do that – particularly in Heaven – when the loo door was hanging off its hinges?
    ….I think not.
    Not nice.

    (47 thumbs down, for starters.)

  10. toadspittle says:

    No, but seriously, as the sadly-missed Frankie Howerd used to say –
    http://blog.adw.org/2012/11/what-will-our-resurrected-bodies-be-like-2/
    Toad has done a bit of research here, and yet this issue of our resurrected bodies is still a bit vague. He will need some helpful input here. Will Quasimodo stil have his hump? If not, how will we recognise him? It seems, from our old buddy Mgsngnrnr. Pope, who knows about this matter – that we will still have “bits” attached to our bodies, intestines and their attachments. Will be be able to have sex? (With the right person, only of course.Goes without saying.) Who will clean the “toilets”? Will we be able to get organ transplants?
    (Mind your own business, Toad.)

  11. kathleen says:

    Why do you do this Toad? Why do you take all that is beautiful and holy and drag it through the mud of ridicule with your stupid base questions? Do you really have such a twisted idea of Heaven and the Church Triumphant (which is another way of saying ‘the souls in Heaven’) to have to ask such crass things as in your comment of 18:43 yesterday?

    St. Paul tells us: “That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him.”
    Heaven, where our “restless hearts” [St. Augustine] are finally flooded with God and the Beatific Vision is a greater joy than our wildest imaginings could fathom. So to even try to do so while we are still on Earth could never be complete.
    Yes, we shall have our bodies back again at the “Resurrection of the Dead”… but then again, as there is no time in the next world, at least not as we measure it here, perhaps there will not be such a thing as a wait for this – we truly do not know.
    How will our glorified bodies be in Heaven? The only real clues we have is in the Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord’s Glorified Body. At first the Apostles did not recognise Him, and yet when they did, they knew with absolute certainty it was Jesus. There was some awe and special beauty around Him after the Resurrection. He could pass through locked doors and appear and disappear; yet He was also truly palpable [St. Thomas’ putting his fingers into the wounds of Christ’s hands and side] and able to eat and talk with them again.
    This proves that we too shall be able to recognise all our loved ones in Heaven… and just think of the multitude of wonderful saints and martyrs (most of them unknown to us here) that we shall be able to converse with!
    Our Blessed Lord told us that: “And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.”
    That is where we belong: with Our Lord and all the saints and blessed in Heaven. This is true happiness and the “fulfillment of all desire”

    So we may ponder about the glories of Heaven, knowing as we do that we were made for God and Heaven, but first we must attain “a wedding garment” so we may be worthy to be invited to “the heavenly banquet”.
    No time like the present to start ordering one!🙂

  12. Tom Fisher says:

    Why do you do this Toad? Why do you take all that is beautiful and holy and drag it through the mud of ridicule with your stupid base questions? Do you really have such a twisted idea of Heaven and the Church Triumphant (which is another way of saying ‘the souls in Heaven’) to have to ask such crass things

    Why don’t you just answer his question and have done with it?

  13. toadspittle says:

    What my concern all boils down to, Kathleen – is that we are all supposed to be desperate to get to Heaven, and yet nobody has the dimmest clue as to what sort of “life” we will lead when we get there.
    That seems quite remarkable to me.
    I’d like to know what I’m letting myself in for, if you see what I mean. We seem to know much more about Hell, having had an eye-witness account from Little Lucia. I doubt we will all be sitting on clouds playing harps, (Sorry, Adrian) but I suppose you never know.
    And the idea of getting our bodies back so we can walk through walls like Jesus, seems paradoxical, to say the least, though I suppose we can extrapolate from that that there will be walls in Heaven to walk through.
    And the idea of spending eternity with, say, C.S. Lewis, Tony Blair, and my unpleasant old Granny – well…words fail me. As usual.
    (…Except what about Quasimodo’s hump? He may not want that back. People are funny.)

  14. kathleen says:

    “Why don’t you just answer his question and have done with it?”

    Hmmm. I thought I’d tried to do just that in my following paragraph Tom. Perhaps you skipped it?

    @ Toad

    Well, as there will be perfect joy in Heaven where we know there will be “no more sorrow or pain”, perhaps you will be able to avoid hobnobbing with the likes of your “unpleasant old Granny” et al.😉
    Seriously though, I think we will discover only the lovable and good in those with whom we might have rubbed swords with and have seen as flawed (as through a distorted image) while here on Earth. We will see all the glorified bodies without their “humps” or imperfections, but only as beautiful in as far as they reflect the One True Beauty, Love and Goodness we call God.

  15. GC says:

    kathleen: Why do you do this Toad?

    I would suggest, kathleen, that Toad, in this day of the world-wide interweb, is as capable as the rest of us of discovering much of what has been written, intelligently and by scholars, about life in heaven. There’s plenty there. No need to ride off on one’s bicycle to the municipal library any more.

    Little webbed fingers and a rather extensive mouth might be a interwebal handicap, but I could be wrong,

    Or does Toad think he is still the editor setting tasks for his media minions for his later inspection, evaluation and sport?

  16. toadspittle says:

    You are right, I fear, GC. Why do do it? I hardly know myself. It is an exercise in utter futility for everyone concerned.
    Maybe I do it, “…for the souls in Purgatory.”
    I will give myself, and the silent “thumbs-downers” a break.
    I swear.

  17. geoffkiernan says:

    Kathleen at 908… Masterful…..simply masterful

  18. geoffkiernan says:

    JH at 1826…… I don’t quite know what to say… My wife and I Pray.

  19. johnhenrycn says:

    Geoff: just so there’s no misunderstanding…I was conceived the old-fashioned way (I mean the really old-fashioned way) – not in a petri dish – but one of my dear relatives wasn’t. Your prayers for her/him are gratefully acknowledged, although right now she/he doesn’t understand why they might be needed.

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