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Posted on 03/20/2006 9:05:31 AM PST by Salvation
|The Heart of a Father
|In the Church we have the beautiful feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with the heart symbolizing the immense love of our Lord and His Blessed Mother for each one of us.
|In This Article...
In the Right Place
An Affirmation of Fatherhood
Mighty Love and Daily Solicitude
In the Right Place
An Affirmation of Fatherhood
In this family, Joseph is the father: his fatherhood is not one that derives from begetting offspring; but neither is it an "apparent" or merely "substitute" fatherhood. Rather, it is one that fully shares in authentic human fatherhood and the mission of the father in the family.Joseph accepts this fatherhood through the obedience of faith, even though he also knows that this child was conceived "of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 1:20). He exercises this fatherhood in complete docility to God's will and with superabundant love for mother and Child. As the wondrous events unfold around him, it's clear that St. Joseph does not have a complete understanding of what is going to happen next. Yet he always remains faithful in the present moment, and the Lord never fails to reveal to him what he needs to know at any given point in time.
As I've tried to translate this into my own life experience, I've understood this to mean that I must at all times remain attentive to God and available for my family. When things go wrong, it's typically because either I'm not paying attention, or I am serving myself and not my beloved family.
Mighty Love and Daily Solicitude
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Thanks for posting this! St. Joseph is my patron saint, along with the Blessed Virgin.
"For those of us who wish somehow to be better, to be the godly men we were created to be, we do well to invoke St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, and to imitate his fatherly heart."
Saint Joseph pray for us and pray for Pope Benedict (Joseph Ratzinger) who was named for you.
But help me out here. The other day I was trying to think of patron saints for married men, and the results were -- sparse.
There's the OT Patriarchs, but they were, unfortunately, polygamous. And their relations with concubines and multiple wives often led to strife, and the kids were apparently troubled. (Jacob's sons selling their brother into slavery; Absalom! Absalom! etc.)
And Mary's husband was so exceptional that in some ways he does not serve as an example: for instance, perpetual virginity is not the vocation that most husbands are called to. Really and truly.
There's St. Thomas More. A really wise, solid standard, heavy-duty, fully-functioning husband and hands-on homeschooling father, with an exceptionally fine family life, plus of course writer and intellectual, brilliantly successful lawyer, Chancellor of England, and martyr. He's got it all.
So there's one. And? And?
Somebody please help me find more married (Orthodox or Catholic!!) husband-and-father saints!
Besides St. Joseph
and St. Joachim (which we don't know too much about) http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintj20.htm
and St. Thomas More who you already mentioned http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintt04.htm
most of the others are kings - like St. Louis the IX -http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintl07.htm
but don't hold that against them. Here's a good man on his way - http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintc8t.htm
I'd never heard of Charles of Austria. Good short bio there! I'd like to know more!
TO THEE, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy spouse, we now with hearts filled with confidence earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee, and we humbly pray, that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succor us in our need by thy 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, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the greatest 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 thy patronage, that, imitating thy example and strengthened by thy help, we may lead a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen
Why is the feast celebrated on the 20th? When his feast day is the 19th and on a SUnday to boot.
Good article about St. Joseph!
**"For those of us who wish somehow to be better, to be the godly men we were created to be, we do well to invoke St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, and to imitate his fatherly heart." **
**I feel that my dear husband is a Joseph-type!**
You are truly blessed then, aren't you?
The 19th -- Third Sunday of Lent, but a Solemnity is still celebrated. So it was moved to Monday. Most other saint's feastdays would not have been celebrated at all. The Sunday liturgy sort of "trumps" them.
Besides, he can still melt me with a smile ---
You 're right ..
St. Joseph pray for us!
St. Joseph teach us to love Jesus and Mary!
St. Joseph guide us through the ups and downs of life!
St. Joseph protect us!
St. Joseph bring the Tradition back to the Church!
Ora pro nobis Santa Joseph!
|Reading||From a sermon by Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest|
|The faithful foster-father and guardian|
|There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favour chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfil the task at hand.
This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Josephs wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: Good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord.
What then is Josephs position in the whole Church of Christ? Is he not a man chosen and set apart? Through him and, yes, under him, Christ was fittingly and honourably introduced into the world. Holy Church in its entirety is indebted to the Virgin Mother because through her it was judged worthy to receive Christ. But after her we undoubtedly owe special gratitude and reverence to Saint Joseph.
In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfilment. What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms.
Obviously, Christ does not now deny to Joseph that intimacy, reverence and very high honour which he gave him on earth, as a son to his father. Rather we must say that in heaven Christ completes and perfects all that he gave at Nazareth.
Now we can see how the last summoning words of the Lord appropriately apply to Saint Joseph: Enter into the joy of your Lord. In fact, although the joy of eternal happiness enters into the soul of a man, the Lord preferred to say to Joseph: Enter into joy. His intention was that the words should have a hidden spiritual meaning for us. They convey not only that this holy man possesses an inward joy, but also that it surrounds him and engulfs him like an infinite abyss.
Remember us, Saint Joseph, and plead for us to your foster-child. Ask your most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon us, since she is the mother of him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally. Amen.
BTTT for Father’s Day!
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