Joseph, Mary and Me –



When Pope Francis declared this to be the 12 months of St. Joseph, he was persevering with an extended custom of the Popes earlier than him. At the moment, I puzzled how this may make a distinction in my life. Now, ten months later, I replicate on what St. Joseph has meant to me all through the years.

Particularly, we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the common church. Curiously, Pope Pius IX made this declaration a couple of brief years after proclaiming the Dogma of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, and it started on Mary’s day December 8. Can we consider Joseph with out pondering of Mary, and vice versa? Neither can the Popes. Nineteen years later, in his encyclical, Quamquam Pluries, Pope Leo XIII supplied a prayer to St. Joseph to be prayed after the Salve Regina on the finish of the rosary. There are chaplets of Joseph’s seven sorrows and 7 joys which mirror these of our Blessed Mom. Morning providing, novenas, and devotions abound to this quiet large.

I typically suppose how our mild large Joseph was the weakest member of the Holy Household. Sure, St. Joseph, who the early church named “Scourge of Demons”, is the weakest member of the Holy Household! His spouse was excellent, and his son was God. But he nonetheless needed to carry the function of head of family and decision-maker. That needed to be intimidating!

And but Mary regarded as much as him, depended upon him, trusted him. Stuffed with grace, might she see his imperfections all of the extra? Stuffed with grace, did they trigger her to like him extra?

Jesus is the face of God. Mary, the face of Grace. Joseph, the chief, and protector of each.

Trying again at my life, I appeared to have taken Joseph on as a part of my prolonged Holy Household over 20 years in the past. In my darkest night time, I prayed fervently earlier than him in any sanctuary I entered. I pray the rosary day by day, no downside. However I’m horrible at novenas. I don’t appear to have the ability to pray something 9 days in a row. Nevertheless, I can pray the identical devotion a number of days every week for years, even many years. And so it has been with St. Joseph and the traditional prayer seemingly originating within the yr A.D. 50. Tossing apart the myths like burying him the wrong way up within the yard to promote a home, this prayer has been a part of our custom for the reason that time of the Apostles. With the church militant on earth, the church penitent in Purgatory, and church triumphant in Heaven, I be part of to hope:

O Saint Joseph, whose safety is so nice, so sturdy, so immediate earlier than the throne of God, I place in you all my pursuits and needs.

O Saint Joseph, do help me by your highly effective intercession and procure for me out of your divine Son all non secular blessings by way of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, in order that having skilled right here under your heavenly energy, I could provide my thanksgiving and homage to essentially the most loving of fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I by no means weary of considering you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not method whereas He reposes close to your coronary heart. Maintain Him shut in my identify and kiss His fantastic head from me, and ask Him to return the kiss after I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen.

After about six to seven years of praying this, St. Joseph saved my life. Provided that it was additionally the primary Saturday, I feel Mary was probably concerned too. I used to be driving on the freeway, within the carpool lane, on Saturday of Labor Day weekend in 2006. We have been headed to my nephew’s marriage ceremony. Abruptly a crew cab, a full-length one-ton pickup pulling an extended, full-length fifth-wheel trailer got here into our lane. He was alone but pulling into the carpool lane. The full size of his car+trailer was round 3 times the size of my Mazda Protégé. As he moved into the lane on my proper, I appeared to know he would proceed shifting into my lane. His driver’s window was alongside mine. He didn’t see us as a result of he by no means regarded to his left. As his car started shifting into our lane, I started to hope the Our Father. Then it occurred. A power pulled us again. It felt like touchdown on an airplane, that sudden shift in velocity and the pulling again feeling. I discovered myself saying “I can’t consider it” as I watched his truck, after which the trailer, merge into our lane but by no means touching us.

The remainder of the journey was uneventful.

A number of weeks later, I used to be in our adoration chapel. I had this urge to hope one thing completely different than my standard 1934 Holy Hour ebook, so started trying by way of the gathering of prayer supplies supplied to us. There was a pamphlet on St. Joseph that stated he protects those that pray this historical prayer day by day. Now, I had already been praying for years, and am positive I had learn one thing like that earlier than however by no means gave it any thought. This time, nevertheless, it knocked me off my toes and I knew immediately he was the one who saved us that day.

Superstitions like burying a St. Joseph statue the wrong way up within the yard deliver no fruit. We’re alleged to comply with the instance of Jesus and Mary. They trusted in him for his or her lives as a result of they’d a relationship with him. We will too, and we have now the present of carrying this custom ahead into our personal households.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, scourge of demons, patron of the common church and our households: pray for us!


This put up was initially revealed on The Face of Grace Venture and is reprinted right here with permission.

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