Skip to comments.St. Joseph as Head of the Holy Family (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
Posted on 03/04/2009 12:14:29 PM PST by Pyro7480
[The following is excerpted from the book "The Divine Favors Granted to St. Joseph," by Pere Binet, S.J., reprinted by TAN Books, pgs. 59-60, 86-87.]
"Let us consider...how, as father and spouse, this incomparable Saint [Joseph] has a right to be honoured by Jesus and Mary, since it is a precept, both natural and divine, that every son must honour his father, every wife her husband. Here Gerson expresses a sweet and loving thought; in the same way, he says, as Sara, according to the Holy Scriptures, called Abraham her lord, so also the Blessed Virgin, penetrated with respectful love for her spouse, gave him no other name than that of lord and master. And what is still more, Joseph was such in very deed, having absolute command and disposal of her, and of her Son. The very love which I bear to Our Lady, makes me long to have Joseph for my good master also, since he is hers; I desire to honour Joseph, because Mary honours him. Yes, I will praise and honour Joseph, because, according to a pious author, whoever praises and honours Joseph, praises and honours the Blessed Virgin also. For, as they are one in heart, in love, and in soul, the honours paid to the one are equally accepted by the other. Indeed, one feels inclined to believe the humility of Our Lady is so extreme, her love so disinterested and so pure, that it pleases her more to see her beloved spouse honoured, than to be honoured herself. I know, at least, that she once deigned to thank St. Teresa [of Avila] for the honour that her zeal had procured to St. Joseph throughout the world."
"But whilst Mary addresses her holy spouse by the name of lord, listen to the divine voice of the Infant Jesus calling him, "My father, My father.' And this not once, but a hundred times a day. It seems to me, that, were the Seraphim capable of jealousy, they would feel a holy envy of this blessed Patriarch; since it is their highest glory to be the servants of Jesus and of Mary, whose lord and father Joseph is...."
"Consider the matter in which he governed the Holy Family. Assuredly, there never was a man at the head of such an empire, since he had for his subjects the King of kings, and the Queen of heaven and earth. But how could he, who was so modest, command Jesus and Mary; he who esteemed himself unworthy to be under their feet, or to look them in the face? He commanded by requesting; he governed by beseeching, or rather, he himself did all, for I am convinced that he much preferred doing to commanding. But, on the other side, we may also suppose that Jesus and Mary, the Master and the Mistress of humility, use gentle violence to overcome the modesty of Joseph, and constrain him to submit to the order of God the Father, Who had established him as His representative upon earth. O empire, like to none other! All three are superiors, all three are inferiors, all three masters, all three subjects. No one wishes to command, each one perfectly fulfills what he has got to do, while the most entire subordination is observed, and the most admirable obedience is practised."
St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Family, pray for us!
Impossible . . . the Most Very Reverend Jessie Jackson said that Mary was a single mother! What gives? Rewriting history??????
My father’s name was Joseph. He was a devout Catholic, a man, a leader, an entrepeneur, a conservative, a man of multiple talents and he understood what a gift life and family is. He knew that there was no shame when a man’s eye filled with tears of joy to be around those they love. He passed away nine years ago and his funeral was on St. Patrick’s Day. He was a good man. I did not know March was St. Joseph’s month. There are no mistakes.
For those non Irish types—:-)—St Patrick’s day is in March. My dear father Joseph died in March. He would have liked that I am a FReeper. Most likely would have made him smile. He suffer through my liberal days but never shied away from speaking his mind either. He was fearless and knew these libbies and college profs were filling my head with dangerous BS and let me know exactly where when it came up in conversation. He was right too. Glad he didn’t shy away.
I did not know it was his month either. I am praying to St Joseph for help in finding a honest family to move into my home.
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The Role and Responsibility of Fatherhood - St. Joseph as Model
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The Heart of a Father [St. Joseph]
Quemadmodum Deus - Decree Under Blessed Pius IX, Making St. Joseph Patron of the Church
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