Posted by: fvbcdm | March 19, 2014

Solemnity of Saint Joseph (19 March 2014)

Today we celebrate the solemnity of Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph is the patron of the universal Church and also of a happy death. The reasons for both of these patronages of his are obvious: just as Saint Joseph was the head of the Holy Family of Nazareth, so now in heaven, he is the head, in a sense, of Our Lord’s entire family of the Church. And just as Saint Joseph died, we presume, in the presence of Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother, so we pray to him for the grace of a happy death for us and those we love. One can have no better death than in the company of the Savior and his Immaculate Mother.

It is hard for us even to imagine the spiritual gifts given to Mary and Joseph. Remember that we derive much of our personality, our attitudes, our ideas, our ways of looking at things, our culture, and our dispositions from our parents. When God was preparing for the coming of the Word into the world as a human being, surely he would have prepared two very special people to become the parents of the Word-made-flesh since they would have such a great influence upon him as he grew from infancy to adulthood. Therefore in addition to praying through the intercession of Saint Joseph for the Church and for a happy death for ourselves and others, I would suggest that we also pray through him for a constantly increasing intimacy with Jesus and his most holy mother. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

 

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

 

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