Saint Joseph and the Kingdom of God

Do we remember the two parables that Our Lord spoke to us. The parable of the mustard seed and the image of the woman who buried the yeast in three measures of wheat flour? The mustard seed is the smallest of seeds and yet in time grew to be a large tree that the birds of the air came to dwell on its branches. And the yeast made the bread rise without anyone really noticing it happening.

Saint Joseph was a humble servant of the Lord. He did not see the future, nor did he pretend to. He believed what was revealed to him regarding the birth of the Son of God. This is the secret of the kingdom of God. Humility, simplicity and trust in the Lord are what bring forth fruit and growth. He was satisfied with doing the will of God in his daily life. He listened to the voice of the angel not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. Then Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem to be registered according to a decree. After the birth of Jesus, Joseph was warned in a dream to rise in the night and take Jesus and Mary to Egypt because “Herod was seeking the life of the child”.

Saint Joseph knew nothing of the future. He knew that God was working through him and had a plan. He simply obeyed God’s call.

After the time in Egypt, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth and lived a simple life, virtuous life.

Sometimes we may feel that we are not doing enough, or may not have opportunities, or maybe are not doing what God really wants us to be doing. But in reality, God is the one who is directing our live. Yes, we are to put every effort into doing what God is asking of us. There is this old adage, “we will do our best and God will do the rest”. That is exactly what Saint Joseph did. He was not driven to follow his own agendas. He followed God’s lead. He had direct conversations with Jesus, the Son of God, and was truly devoted to his holy Spouse, Mary. He did what was expected of him as the guardian of the holy family and he listened to the voice of God. That small and simple faith was part of God’s great plan of redeeming mankind.

We are all part of this. When Jesus told the parable of the mustard seed and the woman who took the yeast and mixed it with the flour, he asked two questions in the beginning…..”What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?” We all may have our own way of answering this question. For we are all part of the kingdom of God. We are God’s servants. And in these questions, Jesus is asking us the actual question, “What do you think?” What shall we answer him?





Saint Joseph and His Interior Spirit


Light for the World


Let us be people of faith in order to live it and share it with our neighbor; let us remember that as brightly as our lamps are lit, so much will they send forth light. “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). “No one after lighting a lamp puts is under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house” (Matthew 5:15).

We must remember that we have just one work to accomplish, though this has different applications. We must grow in faith, to nourish our hope and stir up our love of God and of our neighbor. Herein lies perfection. The person who draws close to God thereby draws even closer to other people! The individual who feels God and speaks to him with a certain intimacy is renewed in strength and at the same time is inflamed with zeal for others.

…heavenly light must guide us, and we must often recall the fundamentals of our Faith. We have a soul to save. There is a world to save… 

It is faith that saves. And in order to reach salvation, one needs to believe in eternal truths, the gravity of sin, and the divinity of the Founder of the Church. The author of the letter to the Hebrews writes: “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son” (Hebrews 1: 1-2).

In giving his divine Son to mankind, God gave it his Word-a great gift! The apostles carried his message, his Gospel of peace, through the apostolate of preaching: “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world” (Romans 10:18).

It is not difficult to tell someone that he or she should believe, but it is a wholly complex and difficult task to live simultaneously an example of faith and of every virtue and to obtain grace for them by prayer.

We all have a mission in life, according to our own state in life. One day Jesus Christ will ask of us an account of this mission. We will have to answer for it to God, and the one who has not only done well, but has also taught others to do so will have a greater reward in heaven.

Blessed James Alberione, SSP, Founder of the Pauline Family

Saint Joseph, faithful cooperator in our redemption, have pity on poor humanity, still wrapped in so much error and so many evils. You were a docile instrument in the hands of the heavenly Father, in arranging everything for the birth and childhood of Jesus…may I always be prepared with a strong faith for the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ each day as he comes into my life through the Mass, the sacraments, the presence of others and through the things that happen. May I have the faith to believe that all is directed by God for my greater good. Saint Joseph intercede for me this day. Ask the Lord that I may have also the faith of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was docile to the voice of God and thus became the Mother of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. May Jesus live in my heart and may I hear God’s word each day with faith as you and Mary did. Amen


Saint Joseph Believed


I Believe, Lord…

“For whoever would approach [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb 11:6).

“Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9-11,13).

“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26).

The Son of God became man to save sinful man. This was his constant concern: to save, bringing truth, holiness and worship of the true God.

At least once in a while every Christian must make some positive act of faith, but especially at the point of death, in dangers, and during temptations against the Faith.

A person may believe that to pick up a book on faith is simply a study, an instruction. But it has a goal, a scope: that of knowing more perfectly Jesus Christ, the doctrine that he preached and which is taught by his Church. Thus one will have a purer faith, a wider, more profound faith… May instruction be ever more profound!

The person of character is he who possesses strong convictions and endeavors firmly and consistently to conform ones life to them.

Blessed James Alberione, SSP, Founder of the Pauline Family

Saint Joseph, your faith made you adore Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God. Jesus obeyed you, served you, listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with him, shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for me the grace never to offend Jesus with a lack of faith. I want to avail myself of the many graces he gives me through the Sacred Scripture, the Liturgy and the Sacraments. Grant that I may obtain a strong and tender love for Jesus so as to possess him forever in heaven. Amen.



Saint Joseph’s Love of God

Faith is the greatest good: it is the beginning of eternal salvation and the foundation and root of justification and of grace. “… without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb, 11:6). No one possesses grace without faith.

Faith is the positive foundation of every virtue, the principle of Christian life, the gateway to the sacraments. Our faith is the measure of our possession of the other virtues.

Religion, in the first place, is faith. We do not have hope, and much less charity, if we do not have faith. Charity is in proportion to faith.

To achieve perfect love of God, there must be a proportionate depth of faith. Without the foundation of faith, love cannot last; it is merely sentimentalism. Faith must be the primary basis of all religion. Then comes hope in the merits of Jesus Christ and imitation of Him; and, finally, love of God, grace-the life of God in us- prayer and liturgy.

Faith is not a reasoning process. It is not even a feeling; no it is a gift of God, a heavenly light which shines in the soul.

Infuse in me, O Divine Spirit, a deep, constant, joyful faith. May it be the sun of my life, the lantern for the path to eternity, a gift of your tender love.

Blessed James Alberione, SSP, Founder of the Pauline Family


Saint Joseph, your faith was strong. Your love for God, true. It was proven true through your docility and peace in the face of trials and doubt. I trust that God will bestow upon me a faith in the moments of my life where there are questions and difficulties and that I will have the strength to fulfill the mission and purpose for which I was created. I know that faith is a gift from God. I yearn for this grace in my life. Obtain for me generous and constant correspondence to the precious gift of God’s call. Amen

Saint Joseph and God’s Word



Faith is a theological virtue infused by God in our hearts which inclines us to believe firmly in the truths revealed by him and proposed for our acceptance by his Church. One believes with the help of divine grace, not because he already understands these truths, but because they are revealed by God, who cannot err or deceive us.

Faith is free adhesion to revealed truth; therefore, it requires effort on our part.

We are headed toward eternal life. After faith, we shall have vision. In heaven faith disappears because we see God. If we wish to attain to the vision of God we must prepare ourselves. Our present life is a preparation for heaven.

The light of reason reaches only as far as philanthropy; the light of faith widens its horizons as far as eternity.

God raised man to the supernatural order, bestowing upon him divine grace; a free gift because it is grace. And this grace, reflecting itself on the intelligence, produces faith.

To believe: this is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It was about upright souls that the Divine Master declared: “At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants” (Mt.11:25).

Many of those who lived at the time of Jesus did not want to recognize even his miracles. Those who did recognize him became sons of God in Christ. Even today, not all people accept the doctrine, morals, sacraments and Gospel of Christ. He is, as he always was, a sign of contradiction. The humble welcome his kingship like children, with simplicity…

Blessed James Alberione, SSP, Founder of the Pauline Family

Saint Joseph, pure spouse of the blessed virgin Mary and foster father to the Son of God, obtain for us an increase of faith an ample infusion of the cardinal virtues and an abundance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You believed God without knowing what the results would be. You trusted the word of God and carried out his will even though it did cost you much sacrifice. Obtain for me fidelity to the will of God each day. Amen.

The Faith of Saint Joseph


Faith is the light that illumines our journey toward heaven. It is the faith that makes the Christian different from the philosopher, just as reason distinguishes man from the animals. The knowledge which comes from revelation is more perfect, more sublime and more secure than knowledge which comes from the intellect or the senses.

Faith leads us to share in the wisdom of God and unites us to Him. The light with which God knows himself then becomes our light; the wisdom of God, our wisdom; his mind, our mind; his will, our will; his life, our life.

Faith is:

  1. source of true light for our minds
  2. strength and consolation for our wills
  3. merit for our souls.

Faith is a gift of God; therefore, we must pray for an increase of it.

With prayer and practice, faith will become stronger, more effective, more illumined. In this manner, faith can be brought to perfection, that is, to the point of living it “but my righteous one will live by faith” Heb. 10:38.

Blessed James Alberione, SSP, Founder of the Pauline Family

Saint Joseph, intercede for me for an increase of the virtue of faith. May I be pleasing to God in all that I think, say and do today and reflect God’s goodness, mercy and love to all whom I meet. Amen

Saint Joseph Most Wise


Joseph most wise, pray for us.



Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.

She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for she will be found sitting at the gate.

To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,

 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.


Saint Joseph, obtain for us an increase of faith, hope and charity, the great gifts of wisdom, understanding, fortitude and knowledge, and an abundance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Saint Joseph and Ones Spiritual Journey

Saint Teresa of Avila remarked with astonishment that she couldn’t remember ever having asked Saint Joseph for anything that he failed to obtain for her from God. It wasn’t as if Saint Joseph would give her whatever she wanted, like some heavenly wonder worker. Instead, she came to see Saint Joseph as a powerful companion and provider on her journey to God. Sometimes she knew what was best for that journey, sometimes she didn’t and had to trust God. But taking the long view, she came to realize that Saint Joseph provided for her exactly what she needed to come closer to Jesus and be all that he desired of her.


Saint Joseph, I ask you for these graces: a good life – in faithful observance of the commandments and of all the duties of my state in life, correspondence to my vocation, according to the gifts I have received, that my life may realize the utmost good, for the glory of God and my eternal happiness, that I may receive the sacraments with the right dispositions and devoutly participate in the Holy Mass. Obtain for me the grace to imitate you in life and have my heart attached to the divine will. Amen.


Saint Joseph the Just Man


Psalm 1

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,  and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

Saint Joseph and the Present Moment

Did you ever think that you could do better if you were somewhere else, doing something different. Perhaps there was a chance to change occupation or environment or location. And did you again find yourself wondering if it would be better to be where you were before or look, instead, again to another change?  St. Joseph teaches us to be where God has planted us. To live surrounded by God’s holy will. To be satisfied with what God offers and to find his greatness in the love of God and of neighbor.  The one who truly accomplishes is the one who carries out ones duties with simplicity and living the “present moment” in union with God. This is what St. Joseph teaches us by his life and love and service.