Saint Joseph Honored by Jesus

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“The holy example of Jesus Christ who, while upon earth, honored Saint Joseph so highly and was obedient to him during his life should be sufficient to inflame the hearts of all with devotion to this saint.”

Saint Alphonsus Liguori


Saint Joseph Great Saint

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“Oh, what a great saint is the glorious Saint Joseph! He is not only a Patriarch, but the chief and leader of the Patriarchs; he is not simply a Confessor, but more than a Confessor, for in him are enshrined the worth of Bishops, the generosity of Martyrs, and of all the other saints. It is, therefore, with reason that he is compared to the palm tree, which is the king of trees, and which has the properties of virginity, humility, courage and constancy, in all which virtues the glorious Saint Joseph excelled so greatly. If we may venture to make comparisons, many would maintain that he surpasses all the other saints in these three virtues.”

Saint Francis de Sales

Litany of St. Joseph

When we are worried about our families, concerned about financial hardships and unsure about what the future holds, here is a prayer that one can say to St. Joseph, asking for his intercession:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph,        ”
Renowned offspring of David,    pray for us
Light of Patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God,  pray for us
Diligent protector of Christ,        pray for us
Head of the Holy Family,                   ”
Joseph, most just,                             ”
Joseph, most chaste,
Joseph, most prudent,
Joseph, most strong,
Joseph, most obedient,
Joseph, most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
He make him the lord of His household.
And prince over all His possessions.
Let us pray:
O God, Who in your great providence did choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most Holy Mother; grant, we beseech you, that we may have him for our intercessor in Heaven, whom we venerate as our protector on earth: You who live and reign world without end. Amen.

Five Secrets of Life Saint Joseph Taught Me



We will soon celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, spouse of the Virgin Mary, and Protector of the Universal Church. There is so little said about him in the Scriptures, yet if we look closely at the events that led up to his quiet life in Nazareth, we can see how this strong protector of the Holy Family is so dearly beloved by so many.

Even though Saint Joseph is one of the main characters of the readings at Christmastide, there are many virtues of this great saint that we might not notice. I’ll share with you some of the hidden virtues of this saint that have impressed me, and perhaps you have other examples of Saint Joseph’s virtue to add to the list. The virtues of Saint Joseph are very obvious by his actions more than by his words.

Saint Joseph was attentive. He listened to the message the angel spoke to him in a dream regarding Mary to whom he was betrothed. “The child to be born was conceived by the Holy Spirit.”

And what is so impressive is that Joseph believed. No human proof, no one to share the message with, no guarantee about the future. He simply believed.

Saint Joseph trusted. Did he not have to rise immediately at night and take the child and his mother and leave for Egypt…again at the message of an angel? Saint Joseph did not waver or question. He trusted though he had no human reassurance that everything was going to be all right.

Saint Joseph was silent, but his faith spoke volumes. Not a word was recorded. Yet have we not all heard the saying that actions speak louder than words? The virtues of Saint Joseph are very obvious by his actions more than by his words. And this is what leads up to the next virtue….

Saint Joseph was obedient. Saint Joseph was a faithful Israelite and obeyed religious and civil authorities. It wasn’t easy to travel to Bethlehem at the time of the census, but Joseph brought Mary and it was there that Jesus was born. He brought Jesus to the temple for the Jewish religious observances. He was a model as a father and virtuous head of his household.

Further on in the Gospels we read a reference to Joseph in the words of the people themselves. For when the people were listening to Jesus’ preaching, they said in amazement, “is this not the carpenter’s son?”

Pope Paul VI thought of Saint Joseph when reflecting on the following words in the Gospel of Matthew: “I give you praise, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things [the things of God] from the wise and learned, but you have revealed them to little ones.”

The ‘little ones’ are those who are humble in the face of grandeur where one could say, ‘Look how I have been chosen.’ Joseph, instead, was quiet, unassuming, obedient, full of faith, and attentive to the voice of God.

The following passage from the Old Testament was originally written in regards to the holy patriarch Joseph, but has also been applied to Saint Joseph, “Behold the faithful and prudent servant whom the Lord God has set over his household.”

In our day and age Saint Joseph is known by the titles Guardian of the Holy Family and Patron of the Universal Church.

Here are five secrets of life I learned from Saint Joseph:

It is important to listen. Saint Joseph listened; his heart full of the love of God was attuned to the voice of God in his life. He heard the voice of the angel tell him to take Mary into his home and also to rise and take Mary and the Child Jesus and to flee into Egypt. He was attentive.

Belief comes from the heart. Saint Joseph believed. Being familiar with God’s ways and with the patriarchs and prophets of old, Saint Joseph like Abraham believed God’s guidance in his life.

When I love God I trust him.  Saint Joseph trusted. There were no tangible proofs that what was said to him by an angel in a dream was going to work out. But he trusted that God was in charge and that was enough for him.

Silence helps me to listen.  Saint Joseph was silent. Like Abraham, Saint Joseph trusted, believed and was obedient to what was asked of him. No questions asked.

May I always say, “Your will be done, O Lord.” Saint Joseph was obedient to the will of God. He immediately put into action the plan of God, believing that God is God and that his own judgments were to be subject to his God.

Let us celebrate this feast in a special way by thinking on these things.

God bless you all.
Sr. Barbara Gerace, Daughters of St. Paul

Share below the lessons you have learned from Saint Joseph.

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Saint Joseph of the House of David

“…it was given to Joseph not simply to see and hear (Jesus) whom many kings and prophets had desired to see, and saw not, desired to hear and heard not (Matt. 13:17); but as well to carry, lead, embrace, kiss, nurture and protect him. We must suppose that Mary, too, was descended from the house of David, for otherwise she would not have been betrothed to a man of that house. Both, then, were of the house of David; but it was only in Mary that the promise which the Lord had sworn to David was fulfilled: Joseph was but the witness to the fulfillment of the promise.” St. Bernard


The Goodness of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph… “he was a good man. He did not hate, and he did not allow bitterness to poison his soul. Yet how many times does hatred, or even dislike and bitterness poison our souls! And this is harmful. Never allow it: he is an example of this. And Joseph thereby became even freer and greater. By accepting himself according to God’s design, Joseph fully finds himself, beyond himself. His freedom to renounce even what is his, the possession of his very life, and his full interior availability to the will of God challenge us and show us the way.” Pope Francis on Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, most docile to the will of God obtain for me full adhesion to God’s will in my own life. I trust in your designs, my God, for my life and well being. Amen.

A Novena to Saint Joseph

The Tabernacle in Our Pauline Chapel


A Novena to St. Joseph by Father Louis Lallamont  1578-1635

For nine days, turn to St. Joseph in the silence of your heart and honor him by reflecting on these four points of meditation.

  1. During the first visit, consider St Joseph’s Fidelity to Grace. Reflect upon the action of the Holy Spirit in his soul. At the conclusion of this  meditation, thank God for so honoring St. Joseph, and ask, through his intercession for a similar grace.
  2. Later in the day, consider St. Joseph’s Fidelity to the Interior Life
    Study his spirit of recollection. Think upon this, thank God and ask for the grace of an interior life.
  3. Later still, consider St. Joseph’s Love for Our Lady
    Study St. Joseph’s love and devotion to Mary, Thank God for this and pray for a fervent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  4. Finally, in a fourth visit, reflect upon St Joseph’s Love for the Divine Child. Take a moment to reflect on St. Joseph’s love for the Child Jesus and his constant union to God’s will each day.

Concluding Prayer  O My God, I thank and bless you for St. Joseph’s great
faithfulness to grace.  Grant that, through his loving intercession
and the power of his example, I too may be faithful to grace.

O My God, I thank and bless you for St. Joseph’s great faithfulness to the interior life. Grant that, through his loving intercession and the power of his example I too may be faithful to the interior life.

O My God, I thank and bless you for St. Joseph’s great love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Grant that I too may imitate your devotion to her and imitate her virtues.

O My God, I thank and bless you for St. Joseph’s great love for the Divine Child. Grant that I too may imitate your love for Jesus and live the life of Gospel values daily.

O St. Joseph, intercede for me before the throne of God and obtain for me the favor that I ask for at this time_______. Amen

Go to Joseph

“If you labor for your bread; if you have a family to support; if your heart is searched by trials at home; if you are assailed by some importunate temptation; if your faith is sorely tested, and your hope seems lost in darkness and disappointment; if you have yet to learn to love and serve Jesus and Mary as you ought, Joseph, the head of the house, the husband of Mary, the caring father of Jesus – Joseph is your model, your teacher and your father. Truly, in all things, Saint Joseph is the people’s friend…

Go, then, to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you. God to Joseph, and obey him as Jesus and Mary obeyed him. God 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 loved him, and as they love him still.

However much you love Joseph, your love will always fall short of the extraordinary love which Jesus and Mary bore him. On the other hand, the love of Joseph necessarily leads us to Jesus and Mary. He was the first Christian to whom it was said, “Take the Child and His mother….” This led a Father of the Church to say, “You will always find Jesus with Mary and Joseph.”

Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1832-1903)

Saint Joseph Listened and Obeyed


Someone from the crowd called out to Jesus and said, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you.” And Jesus answered, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.” Luke 11:27-28

Jesus was not only referring to his most holy mother but also to people like Saint Joseph who listened to the word of God and kept it.

“I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the angels, at the time when she was undergoing so much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to Saint Joseph for looking after them in the way he did. If anyone has not got a guide to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray.” Saint Teresa of Avila

“Therefore, remember us, blessed Joseph, and by the voice of your prayers intercede for us with him who was believed to be your son; and direct toward us the compassion of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, your bride and the Mother of Him who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.” Saint Bernardine of Siena