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« on: March 07, 2011, 09:55:31 PM »

DIVINE FAVORS GRANTED TO ST. JOSEPH

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Pere Binet, S.J.

Translated by M.C.E. From
The Edition of The Rev. Fr. Jennesseaux, S.J.

"Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins."
  
- Matt. 1:20-21


CONTENTS


l. Who Is St. Joseph, And Why Does He Deserve So Much Honor?
ll. The Titles Of St. Joseph And His Different Offices
lll.The Natural Gifts Of St. Joseph
lV.The Eminent Graces Of St. Joseph's Soul
V. The True Measure Of St. Joseph's Graces
Vl. Consequences Of The Two Principal Titles Of St. Joseph And How
 Great Are Their Advantages To This Glorious Patriarch
Vll. Parallel between St. Joseph And Some Other Saints
Vlll.The Admirable and Incomparable Virtues Of This Holy Patriarch
lX. Is It Possible To Praise Our Lady And St. Joseph In A Manner Worthy Of Them?
Contest Between The Abbott Trithemius On The One Side And
St. Bernard And Other Saints On The Other
X. The Glory Of St. Joseph
Xl. The Power Of St. Joseph
Xll. St. Joseph, Patron Of Christians Of All Ranks And Conditions
Xlll. St. Joseph, Special Patron Of Sinners, Of The Afflicted,
 And Of The Dying
XlV.On Different Devotions Which May Be Practised In Honour
 Of The Glorious St. Joseph
 St. Joseph, Our Helper In Every Variety Of Necessity
 A Notice On The Cord Of St. Joseph
 Prayers To St. Joseph

CHAPTER l.

WHO IS ST. JOSEPH, AND WHY DOES HE DESERVE SO MUCH HONOUR?

 The Holy Ghost has willed to make the genealogy of the glorious St. Joseph known to us so exactly, that we need only read the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke to be acquainted with all his ancestors. By birth he is a prince of the royal house of David; his ancestors are the patriarchs, the kings of Juda, the great captains of the people of God, the most illustrious among the sons of men. Yet this descendant of David was reduced to obscurity, and lived a poor and humble life.

 The Evangelists would appear to give Joseph two fathers; but the contradiction is only apparent. St. Luke says he was the son of Heli, who, however, died childless; while St. Matthew calls him the son of Jacob, because, according to several commentators, Jacob, brother of Heli, espoused his sister-in-law Esta as the law of Moses commanded, by whom he had Joseph, who was thus the son of Jacob by nature, and the son of Heli according to the law.

 The poverty of the family and the custom of the country obliged Joseph to learn a trade. We do not know positively if he worked in wood or in iron, since the holy Fathers are divided on this point. The more general opinion is, however, that he was a carpenter. St. Justin, in his dialogue with Triphon, adds that the Child Jesus acted as His adopted father's little apprentice, assisting him to make yokes and ploughs.

 It is a pious belief of some authors that St. Joseph was sanctified in his mother's womb. (1) Suarez does not go so far. Still we must allow that the partisans of this opinion support it by solid reasons, which have a great appearance of truth.

 There can be no doubt that this great Saint was a virgin. Cardinal St. Peter Damian affirms it so positively that he seems to make it an article of faith. (2) Some learned authors even hold that by a special inspiration of God he made the vow of virginity. Such is the belief of the great chancellor Gerson, of St. Bernardin of Siena, of Suarez, and of several others. (3) In any case we cannot doubt that he had lived a pure angelical life when he united himself by chaste bonds to the Virgin Mary, his one and only spouse.

 A secret inspiration from heaven caused both Mary and Joseph to contract this alliance, while adoring in their hearts the impenetrable counsel of the great God. Mary was in her fifteenth year; the age of Joseph is not known as exactly, tradition being silent on the subject. The opinion that he was about eighty years old is without reasonable grounds, and is not held by theologians, the most esteemed of whom think that he was neither an old man nor a youth, but in the prime of life, between thirty and forty. There are many reasons in support of this opinion, which is now generally held.

 Shortly after this virginal marriage had been celebrated with due solemnity, it pleased God to send the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, that he might announce to her the Mystery of the Incarnation, and explain to her that in becoming mother of her Creator, she should not cease to be a virgin. As the mystery was not at once revealed to St. Joseph, he was in sore perplexity, until the Angel of God appeared to him in a dream, reassured him by explaining that the fruit of Mary was the work of the Holy Ghost.

 The life of the two spouses in this angelic marriage resembled two stars, mutually enlightening each other by their gold and silver rays, without ever coming in contact. Later, I shall speak of the happiness of this holy life, and with what plenitude of celestial favours God enriched this divine household. For the moment, I shall content myself with showing how the dream of the first Joseph was verified in the second.

 The former Joseph saw himself in a dream, adored by the sun, the moon and eleven stars. Only later on in Egypt did he understand this vision, when his father, his mother, (4) and his brethren, prostrate at this feet, adored him as the saviour of the land. The son of the patriarch Jacob was, however, only a type, destined to enhance the splendour of that other Joseph, whom God delighted to make so great, whom Jesus Christ the true Son of Justice honours as His father, whom Our Lady, called in the Canticles beautiful as the moon, reveres as her lord and spouse, whom the Angels and Saints, who are the stars of heaven, venerate as foster-father and guide of that Infant God, Whose servants they esteem themselves happy to be.

 The date of St. Joseph's death is uncertain; we know only that it took place before the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (5) What an entrancing sight to behold him expire, one hand in that of Jesus, the other in that of Our Lady; breathing forth his blessed spirit on the bosom of the Saviour God! To die thus is not to lose life but to overcome death.

 Some authors believe, and with reason, that Joseph was among those Saints who, on Ascension Day mounted up to heaven, body and soul, with Jesus Christ. Who indeed deserved more to accompany Jesus in His triumph, than he who accompanied Him so lovingly in His exile in Egypt and during the laborious pilgrimage of His holy life? We may therefore piously believe that as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph lived united upon earth, bearing the same sufferings, so they now are reunited, body and soul, partaking the same glory. Such is the belief of the devout St. Bernardin of Siena, and even of Suarez, whose usual reserve gives great weight to his opinion in this case. (6) It is true that faith teaches us nothing on this point; but devotion speaks loudly, and has on its side weighty reasons, and great authorities.

1. Gerson, Serm. de Nativ. glorios. V.M. et de Commendatione virginei Sponsi ejus Joseph, Considerat. ii. -- Isidor. Isolan., Summ. de donis S. Joseph, p. 1, c. ix.
2. 'Et ne hoc sufficere videatur ut tantummodo virgo sit mater, Ecclesiae fides est ut virgo fuerit et is, qui simulatus est pater' (S. Petr. Damian., Epist. 1 ad Nicol. Rom. Pontif., c. iii, quae et opuscul. xvii.).
3. Gerson, Serm. cit., Considerat. iii. -- Isidor. Isolan., Summ., p.1, c. xiii. -- Suarez, De Incarnat., p. 2, disp. 8, sect 2.-- S. Bernardin., Serm. de S. Joseph, art. 2, c. i. -- S. Thom., p. iii, q. 28, a. 4 ad 3.
4. Not Rachel, who died at the birth of Benjamin, but Bala, Rachel's servant, who was Joseph's nurse, and was like a mother to him (Liran., Tostat, apud Tirin.).
5. Gerson, cit. Serm., Considerat. iii. -- Isidor. Isolan., summ. S. Joseph, p.4, c.i. -- Suarez, De Incarnat., p.2, disp.3, sect. 2.
6. S. Bernardin., Serm. de S. Joseph, art. 3. -- Suarez, De Incarnat., p.2, disp. 8, sect. 2.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011, 10:26:04 PM »

 thrones cherubim  flower I am very happy to start this book study of this beautiful book.  flower thrones cherubim

Let me tell you it's a work that breathes piety. Cheesy

Hearing of the pious belief that St. Joseph was sanctified in his mother's womb reminds me of St. John the Baptist.. Cheesy

And what a model of virginity and fatherhood together he is.

I am glad to hear that the opinion he was quite aged is without grounds.

"Some authors believe, and with reason, that Joseph was among those Saints who, on Ascension Day mounted up to heaven, body and soul, with Jesus Christ."
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 12:24:20 PM »

Yes, this is a great book to read.  I was unaware of the greatness of St. Joseph until Pere Binet reveals it beautifully in ' Divine Favors granted to St. Joseph'.  It also made me feel as I read this book that it pleased Our Lady greatly to give St. Joseph the importance he deserves. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 12:35:16 PM »

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The life of the two spouses in this angelic marriage resembled two stars, mutually enlightening each other by their gold and silver rays, without ever coming in contact.

Beautifully described!!   Little Angel

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Some authors believe, and with reason, that Joseph was among those Saints who, on Ascension Day mounted up to heaven, body and soul, with Jesus Christ. Who indeed deserved more to accompany Jesus in His triumph, than he who accompanied Him so lovingly in His exile in Egypt and during the laborious pilgrimage of His holy life?

He faithfully, lovingly and uncomplainingly  participated in all the afflictions that Jesus and Mary suffered.
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Hearing of the pious belief that St. Joseph was sanctified in his mother's womb reminds me of St. John the Baptist..

As it did with me.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 06:04:29 PM »

Another great book Shin that I will delight in reading.  Cheesy
I depend on St Joseph so much.  cross prayer
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 08:30:29 AM »

And I have just noticed the timing..

It is March, the month of St. Joseph!  Cheesy
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Yes, it is ..I didn't realize it. Cheesy
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CHAPTER ll

THE TITLES OF ST. JOSEPH AND HIS DIFFERENT OFFICES.


 If one may judge of the greatness of the Saints by the importance of the charges confided to them, St. Joseph must indeed be marvelously great. St. Peter and St. Paul in their epistles to the first Christians, claim only two titles, those of servants and apostles of Jesus Christ, as being sufficient to prove the excellence of their vocation. St. John Chrysostom agrees with them, this double title being, according to him, more excellent than that of monarch of the whole earth. (1) Now, St. Joseph has many very high titles, and held glorious offices for which he received from God special graces. At present I shall only allude shortly to some of these privileges, which I shall later develop at leisure from their different points of view.

 1. He was the worthy spouse of Our Lady, if indeed any spouse could be worthy of her; for the Holy Trinity in designing him for such an honour, endowed him with all the qualities necessary for bearing that name with dignity and propriety. And as this glorious title is, so to speak, the original source or root from which proceeded all the glories of St. Joseph, St. Matthew considered he could say nothing higher of him than call him Spouse of Mary.

 2. He was the supposed father of Jesus Christ, and Our Lady did not hesitate to give him this title; thus when she found the Child Jesus in the temple, she said to Him: 'Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.'

 3. He was the representative of God the Father, Who, in communicating to him the honour of paternity to the Incarnate Word, willed that he should call Him by the name of son, a name which He alone gives in heaven to the Uncreated Word. Thus God Who formerly had said He would give His glory to no one, now, by an exceptional favour communicates, in a manner, to a mortal that paternity which is the special glory of the Eternal Father. What is still more, God, according to St. John Damascene and St. Bernard, in giving to Joseph the name of father, gave him also a father's heart----that is, the authority, the solicitude, and the love of a father.

 4. Joseph was also the representative of the Holy Ghost, Who confided to him the Virgin Mary, placing His Spouse under Joseph's dependence and direction. Great God! what a favour! The Father and the Holy Ghost intrust to him what is most dear to them! To what sublimity of virtue must he have attained to acquit himself worthily of such a charge!

 5. Our Lady, in giving him her hand, gave him also her whole heart. Never did a wife love her husband so tenderly, so ardently, nor revere him more profoundly. Mary and Joseph, says St. Bernardin of Siena, were but one heart and soul; they were two in one same mind, one same affection, and each of them was the other's second self, because Our Lady and he were, so to speak, only one person. The heart of Mary with that of Joseph, and the heart of Joseph with that of Mary, who ever could imagine a union so intimate, a grace so great!

 6. Joseph was the superior of Jesus and Mary, whose submission to him was so complete as to enrapture the Angels. Those pure spirits tremble in heaven before the infinite majesty of the great God; what must they have thought when they saw Joseph command the little Jesus as a father, and the Divine Infant disport Himself on the breast of Joseph, like a bee in the bosom of a lily! As for the Queen of the world, as she had vowed, so she rendered to her chaste spouse all possible respect and obedience, never considering him otherwise, says Gerson, than as her lord and master. What a dignity to be the master of that Virgin more noble than the Seraphim!

 7. He it was who nourished Jesus and Mary. A true father to that family, he gained their bread by the labour of his hands, and the sweat of his brow. He led them into Egypt, acting in this mystery as the representative of the Most Holy Trinity. What an honour to nourish Him Who nourishes the whole world, to give bread to Him Who covers our fields with plentiful harvests!

 8. He is called by the Abbot Rupert Guardian of the Child Jesus. Without an earthly father, his Divine Ward cast Himself into the arms of Joseph, His only protector, defender and support.

 9. He was also the treasurer of the Saviour, and of Joseph more than of any other may it be said: 'Blessed is the faithful and wise servant, whom God has established as grand master of His family, to whose hands He has committed all His treasures, the government of all His possessions.' What confidence does not this office imply!

 10. We do not hesitate to say that Joseph was the Saviour of the Saviour. Joseph, son of Jacob, was called the Saviour of the world, and he was not only the type, in the first place, of Jesus Christ, but also of St. Joseph, who had the honour of preserving the Divine Infant from the fury of Herod. As Our Lord deserves the name of Saviour of man, because He preserves man from eternal death, so it is allowable to call St. Joseph Saviour of the Saviour, because he preserved Him from temporal death. Glorious Saint to whom were entrusted the person of the Incarnate Word, and all the secrets of the Eternal Father! The Angel might himself have carried the Child into Egypt; but not daring to do so, he came as the messenger of Heaven and of God Himself, to Joseph who was chosen for that employment.

 11. To these titles add another distinguished title, that of having been the Master of his Master. Jesus was like an apprentice in the workshop of Joseph, who taught him to work as a carpenter, so that everyone said of Jesus: 'Is not this the carpenter's son, a carpenter Himself? Have we not often seen Him handling the plane and the chisel, helping His father Joseph?' What must St. Joseph have thought when he saw his divine apprentice, taking pains at His work---He Who by a single word had created the universe!

 12. Joseph was the presumptive heir of Jesus Christ, and of Our Lady, since the father then naturally inherited from his son, and the husband from his wife. What an incomparable advantage!

 13. In all orders of things great privileges are attached to being the eldest, the first. The first Apostle, the first Martyr, the first Seraph, the first son of the Patriarchs, all have special rights which belong to no others; therefore I conclude that St. Joseph has singular prerogatives above all other men, for he was the first to contemplate the admirable humanity of Our Lord Jesus, the first to adore Him, the first to touch Him, the first to serve Him, to nourish Him, and to dwell with Him, the first to hear Him speak and to be enlightened by His divine instructions. He is the first confessor for the faith, since he first suffered for the love of Jesus Christ, forsaking his home and his country to fly with Him; the first Apostle making the Messias known to men, by announcing Him in Egypt; the first man, perhaps, who made profession and vow of virginity, and kept it in the state of marriage; in a word, the first Christian and the first model for the children of the Church. All these distinctions give Joseph great preeminence over all other Saints, and are almost infinite, so that we may apply to him what Jacob said of his eldest son Reuben: 'Excelling (his brethren) in gifts, greater in command.' (2)
 
 14. Theologians teach that the office of St. Joseph was more exalted than any other in the Church. We do not speak of Our Lady, who is always above all comparison. They acknowledge, it is true, that in the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and in the order of sanctifying grace, the office of the Apostles is the most sublime; but they recognise in the Mother of God, and in St. Joseph, an order, a hierarchy apart, that of the hypostatic union, destined to the immediate service of the person of the Word made flesh, and this second hierarchy is superior in dignity to the first. (3) The Apostles, as we said above, are only the servants of Jesus Christ; Mary and Joseph are His mother and His father.

 But shall I be able to relate all that God has done for St. Joseph? No; I plainly confess that there is neither mind, nor pen, nor tongue capable of imagining, writing, or expressing the grandeur and incomparable prerogatives of this spouse of the Virgin, this father of Jesus Christ, this governor of both! And yet, speak I must! Pardon, O great Saint, my unpardonable boldness! Yet, if your holy spouse, Our Lady, will deign to inspire me with a part of what she knows, if she will give fluency to my pen and warmth to my heart, I shall be able to say enough to content your pious clients, and edify your faithful servants.



1. 'Simon Petrus, servus et apostolus Jesu-Christi' (2 Pet. i. 1). -- 'Paulus servus Jesu-Christi, vocatus apostolus' (Rom. i. 1). -- 'Dignitatis maximae loco ponit illud: Servus Jesu-Christi' (S. Joan. Chrysost. in hunc locum).
2. 'Prior in donis, major in imperio' (Gen. xlix. 3).
3. Suarez, De Incarnat., p. 2 disp. 8, sect. 1.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2011, 06:35:11 AM »

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Pardon, O great Saint, my unpardonable boldness! Yet, if your holy spouse, Our Lady, will deign to inspire me with a part of what she knows, if she will give fluency to my pen and warmth to my heart, I shall be able to say enough to content your pious clients, and edify your faithful servants.

The author has only just begun!  Cheesy

Let me add that the author, Pere Binet, was a companion of St. Francis de Sales, they went to school together and were life long friends.
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10. We do not hesitate to say that Joseph was the Saviour of the Saviour. Joseph, son of Jacob, was called the Saviour of the world, and he was not only the type, in the first place, of Jesus Christ, but also of St. Joseph, who had the honour of preserving the Divine Infant from the fury of Herod. As Our Lord deserves the name of Saviour of man, because He preserves man from eternal death, so it is allowable to call St. Joseph Saviour of the Saviour, .....

I must say, I'm not comfortable with this title - earthly provider of the Saviour of the World, but......
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2011, 01:35:11 PM »

Now I'm rereading Genesis 41. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2011, 04:16:26 PM »

I am glad to hear that the opinion he was quite aged is without grounds.


Shin, I have been waiting to read something related to St. Joseph for so long.....thanks.  Grin
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What an honour to nourish Him Who nourishes the whole world, to give bread to Him Who covers our fields with plentiful harvests!

Truly the greatest honour ever after Our Lady being the Mother of God!

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In all orders of things great privileges are attached to being the eldest, the first. The first Apostle, the first Martyr, the first Seraph, the first son of the Patriarchs, all have special rights which belong to no others; therefore I conclude that St. Joseph has singular prerogatives above all other men, for he was the first to contemplate the admirable humanity of Our Lord Jesus, the first to adore Him, the first to touch Him, the first to serve Him, to nourish Him, and to dwell with Him, the first to hear Him speak and to be enlightened by His divine instructions. He is the first confessor for the faith, since he first suffered for the love of Jesus Christ, forsaking his home and his country to fly with Him; the first Apostle making the Messias known to men, by announcing Him in Egypt; the first man, perhaps, who made profession and vow of virginity, and kept it in the state of marriage; in a word, the first Christian and the first model for the children of the Church. All these distinctions give Joseph great preeminence over all other Saints, and are almost infinite, so that we may apply to him what Jacob said of his eldest son Reuben: 'Excelling (his brethren) in gifts, greater in command.' (2)

The first privileged one!  We owe St. Joseph so much.
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2011, 05:27:20 PM »

CHAPTER lll.

THE NATURAL GIFTS OF ST. JOSEPH



 It is a fundamental law of the household of God, that when the Almighty makes choice of a man to accomplish any great work, He endows him will all the graces necessary to acquit himself with dignity and perfection of the office confided to him by infallible Providence. This principle is laid down by the Angelical Doctor, and is borrowed by him from St. Paul. (1) Now, the Holy Trinity had from all eternity destined St. Joseph to be the spouse of the Mother of God, and the supposed father of the little Saviour, and to fulfil towards Him all the obligations of real paternity: hence it follows that St. Joseph was endowed with all that was necessary for this double office. Oh that I were eloquent enough to give you a faint idea of the qualities necessary to be the worthy spouse of the Queen of Angels, the adopted father of the King of earth and heaven! Truly, in him, as St. Gregory of Nazianzen says of St. Basil, nature had transformed itself into grace?

 A Greek author said that he was tempted to believe in Pythagoras' system of the transmigration of souls, because it seemed to him that all beautiful souls had returned to earth to animate the body of this philosopher. This, indeed, was rashly and foolishly spoken. But we may truly say that all natural and moral virtues seem to have united their efforts to embellish the person of the great St. Joseph, and to enrich his soul.

 When the first Joseph drove out of the palace of Pharaoh in a royal chariot, Scripture tells us that the people pressed around as he passed, to contemplate the magnificence of his person, and the beauty of his countenance. Indeed, Joseph appeared to be more like an angel than like a man. Now, St. Bernard establishes a parallel between the two Josephs, which is entirely to the advantage of the second; and this cannot surprise us, because the latter, being appointed to an office infinitely more honourable than that of the former, must consequently possess far superior qualities and virtues. What virginal modesty appeared in his venerable countenance! what sweetness in his eyes! what gravity in his words! what wisdom and discernment in the manner he governed God's family, composed of only two persons, but whose value outweighed that of all creation!

 When it pleases the King of kings to call a man to authority, He imprints on his brow a character of majesty which commands respect and obedience. We read in the first Book of Kings, that in the tribe of Benjamin there was a man called Cis. He had a son named Saul, 'a chosen and goodly man, and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he; from his shoulders and upward he appeared above all the people.' Such was the man whom God chose to be the first king of the Jewish nation. Tell me, then, what must have been the majesty of Joseph, to whom was given authority over the King and the Queen of the universe?

 In the genealogy of Joseph, St. Matthew shows him to be descended in a direct line from fourteen patriarchs, beginning with Abraham, until David; from fourteen kings after David, until the transmigration of the Jews to Babylon; and from fourteen princes or chiefs of the people, after the transmigration of Babylon, until Jesus Christ. Why did the Holy Spirit inspire this long enumeration? Doubtless, among other reasons, to show that the descendant of so many great men was also the heir of their noble qualities and royal virtues. All the perfections distributed among so many princes were united in St. Joseph. The liberal hand of the Creator poured forth in profusion all qualities of body and soul upon this great Saint, so as to make him worthy of espousing the Queen of Angels and men, of being the supposed father of the little Messias, and of being teacher of the divine apprentice, Who, during eighteen years, deigned to work under his direction in the humble workshop at Nazareth.

 Were we to question the most Holy Virgin about the graces of her spouse, she would, no doubt, reply in words borrowed from the Canticles: 'My beloved spouse is white as snow by his virginal purity, red as scarlet by his modesty; chosen out of thousands. His head is as the finest gold; his eyes as doves upon brooks of waters which are washed with milk and set beside the plentiful streams; his hands shine like gold, full of the precious stones of all good works; his voice is full of sweetness; all the graces of nature are united in his face; he is beloved of heaven and earth.'

 To this portrait we shall only add one word, which Mary would not say, but which St. Bernardin has said for her. Joseph was the living image of his virgin spouse; they resembled each other like two pearls. Tell me what was the beauty of Mary, and I shall tell you what was that of Joseph. But we would do great injustice to our glorious Patriarch were we to imagine that his resemblance to his most chaste spouse was merely outward. ' All the glory of the King's daughter is within.' (2) This may also be said of St. Joseph, as we shall see in the following chapters.



1. 'Unicuique Deus dat gratiam proportionatam ei ad quod eligitur' (S. Thom., In Epist. ad Rom., cap. viii., lect. 5).---'Idoneos nos fecit ministros Novi Testamenti' (2 Cor. iii. 6)
2. 'Omnis gloriae jus filiae Regis ab intus' (Ps. xliv.14).
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2011, 05:30:09 PM »

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It is a fundamental law of the household of God, that when the Almighty makes choice of a man to accomplish any great work, He endows him will all the graces necessary to acquit himself with dignity and perfection of the office confided to him by infallible Providence.

There's deep meaning in this once it is considered. As we shall see.

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The liberal hand of the Creator poured forth in profusion all qualities of body and soul upon this great Saint, so as to make him worthy of espousing the Queen of Angels and men, of being the supposed father of the little Messias, and of being teacher of the divine apprentice, Who, during eighteen years, deigned to work under his direction in the humble workshop at Nazareth.

White as snow with purity, modest, chosen out of thousands. He is beloved of heaven and earth.
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But shall I be able to relate all that God has done for St. Joseph? No; I plainly confess that there is neither mind, nor pen, nor tongue capable of imagining, writing, or expressing the grandeur and incomparable prerogatives of this spouse of the Virgin, this father of Jesus Christ, this governor of both! And yet, speak I must! Pardon, O great Saint, my unpardonable boldness! Yet, if your holy spouse, Our Lady, will deign to inspire me with a part of what she knows, if she will give fluency to my pen and warmth to my heart, I shall be able to say enough to content your pious clients, and edify your faithful servants.

O Glorious St Joseph, protector of the Holy Family,
Grant that I may be like thee,
Chaste in mind and body,
Pure in heart, indifferent to all else save the will of God,
That I may be wise, thinking only wise thoughts, speaking only wise words.
That I may be just, rendering unto God what is God's and willing the good of all.
That I may be humble, knowing that without Christ I can do nothing.
Father St Joseph, That I may know thee more that I may love thee more and imitate thee more.
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