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Ite ad Joseph…….Go to Joseph! April 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, manhood, Our Lady, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Stealing from the latest Catholic newspaper cover article, an exegesis on St. Joseph by the great Moral Doctor St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori:

Go then to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you; Go to Joseph, and obey him as Jesus and joseph1bMary obeyed him; Go to Joseph, and speak to him as they spoke to him; Go to Joseph, and consult him as they consulted him; Go to Joseph, and honor him as they honored him; Go to Joseph, and be grateful to him as they were grateful to him; Go to Joseph, and love him , as they love him still.

God, because of the great love He bears us, and His great desire to see us saved, has given us among other means of salvation the practice of devotion to the Saints. It is His Will that they, who are His friends, should intercede for us, and by their merits and prayers obtain graces for us which we ourselves do not deserve. [Isn’t that such a generous, wonderful gift?!?  Poor protestants, hating Saints and their intercession, don’t they know that without them they hardly stand a chance?]  But everyone must know that after the Mother of God, St. Joseph is, of all the Saints, the one dearest to God. He has, therefore, great power with Him and can obtain graces for His devout clients.

sjosephThe two disciples, going up to Emmaus (St. Luke XXIV:13-31), were inflamed with Divine Love by the few moments which they spent in company with our Savior, and by His words. What flames of holy love must not, then, have been enkindled in the heart of St. Joseph, who for 30 years conversed with Jesus Christ, and listened to His words of eternal life; who observed the perfect example which Jesus gave of humility and patience, and saw the promptness with which He obeyed and helped him in his labors, and all that was needed for the household!

Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard him as the advocate of the dying who had honored him during their life, and they do so for three reasons: First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint. Second, because St. Joseph has obtained special powers against the evil spirits, who tempt us with dr193redoubled vigor at the hour of death. [St. Joseph is a very powerful Saint in spiritual warfare.  Very powerful]  Third, the assistance given St. Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary. We should, indeed, honor St. Joseph, since the Son of God Himself was graciously pleased to honor him by calling him father. The Holy Scriptures speak of him as the father of Jesus. “His father and mother were marveling at the things spoken concerning Him (St. Luke II:33). Mary also used this name: “in sorrow thy father and I have been seeking thee” (St. Luke II:48). If, then, the King of Kings was pleased to raise Joseph to so high a dignity, it is right and obligatory on our part to endeavor to honor him as much as we can.

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I can personally attest what a powerful intercessor good Saint Joseph can be.  He has helped me tremendously in the past, and continues to do so today.  Saint Joseph played a very big role in my catching fire in the Faith, and has helped me to overcome some of my worst attachments.  Rely on him for many intercessions!

And become Saint Joseph’s friend.  He is a very good friend.  Talk to him.  He will talk back.  You may be surprised.  He really likes to help fathers.  That is his mission.

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Comments

1. Baseballmom - April 24, 2014

I have been praying to St. Joseph for many years, asking his intercession for many young men that I know – he is a powerful intercessor…

2. New visitor - April 24, 2014

I recently discovered your very informative blog. My family attended Mass until my sibling and I received our First Holy Communion, but after that they stopped attending. That was the end of my Catholic religious education. Fast forward several decades, and after returning to the Church several years ago, I was Confirmed last year.

Needless to say, my ignorance is massive, so I work diligently to educate myself. Late last year, an elderly family member needed to sell her home, and quickly. The home had not been updated in 40 years, and it showed. Coupled with 40 years of possessions, we put it on the market, “as is” and hoped for the best.

On December 30, I read that Catholics use to ask for St. Joseph’s intercession in selling and finding their homes. So, I quietly asked for his assistance, and that God’s will be done. On December 31, we received a very fair offer. Thank you, Blessed St. Joseph, for your prayers.

I believe.

Terri - April 24, 2014

Welcome home New Visitor! Yes indeed St. Joseph is a very powerful and faithful friend, and welcome to the club of learners. I am a cradle Catholic and after all these years I am STILL learning and will be until they put my body to rest.

3. discipleofthedumbox - April 25, 2014

St. Joseph, save Texas through your powerful intercession!

4. St Maravillas21 - April 26, 2014

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