Saint Joseph – March 19th

“Whatever grace you demand to Saint Joseph it will certainly be granted, who wishes to believe be persuaded to face the test.”
St. Teresa of Avila.

st20joseph20and20jesusThe life of Saint Joseph has been truly overthrown by mysterious initiatives of God, initiatives beyond any possibility to understand.
Saint Joseph let himself to be driven lead because he was just and “just” is the man who lives of faith.


Where will the Lord drive him? He does not know it, God does not tell him, He does not explain him anything and he still obeys. It always said yes with his life, not with his words. It had never questions nor doubts.

And how fecund this silence is! It allows that between the word of God and the obedience of Saint Joseph there is not solution of continuity. God says and Saint Joseph does.
“Do not be afraid…”, and he does not fear, all troubles end.
“Stand up…”, and he stands up, there he is already on the road.
“Come back…”, and he is already coming back.
This immediacy of Saint Joseph at any nod of the Lord shows his beautiful inner disposition!

This example of Saint Joseph is wonderful: although he is the head of the house, he is simply in service with a familiarity made of abandonment and of continuous dedication. Saint Joseph does not estimate the life of Jesus and of the Virgin according to his requirements, but he puts his life at disposal of theirs. He does not leave the Egypt when it is suitable to him, but when the interest of Jesus requires.

His patronage is not less or more triumphal, but it is something deeper coming from a lower reality. Saint Joseph makes us to understand the content of the service for the Reign and helps us to be in the history of the salvation those people who believe in Christ, obey Christ and trust Him.

Saint Joseph allowed the Lord to sweep up and to lead himself on mysterious ways. He gave up understanding and accepted to believe; he gave up to command and accepted to obey.
Nevertheless, believing, he let himself be driven by the Gentleman and He introduced him very intimately in the mystery of the Incarnation and the salvation.

Shall Saint Joseph, this most beloved patron of the spiritual life, help us to be very present only to the heart and the eyes of God, and it will be much better if much more people forget us, so that in disappearing at people’s and even our sight, our ego can get lost in the humble and silent adoration of the infinite greatness of the only God and our Lord.
“These are the reasons why men of every rank and country should fly to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour.” (Leon XIII)

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Novena to Saint Joseph – begins on March 10th

torres_clemente_de-zzz-st_joseph_with_the_infant_christSaint Joseph intercession is often asked to find a job. He is also Patron of the dying, families, fathers, workers and travelers.

Novena in preparation of the feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th:

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:

(Mention your request)

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Day 1 – St. Joseph Most Just, Pray for us!
Day 2 – St. Joseph Most Prudent, Pray for us!
Day 3 – St. Joseph Most Loving Husband, Pray for us!
Day 4 – St. Joseph Most Strong, Pray for us!
Day 5 – St. Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for us!
Day 6 – St. Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for us!
Day 7 – St. Joseph Pillar of Families, Pray for us!
Day 8 – St. Joseph Patron of the Dying, Pray for us!
Day 9 – St. Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray for us!


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.


Read more: Saint Joseph the Patriarch

Ten Commandments

To observe the Ten Commandments is necessary to walk towards freedom; “The first freedom consists in being free from crimes … such as murder, adultery, fornication, theft, fraud, sacrilege and so forth. When one begins to have no these crimes, begins to lift up one’s head towards freedom, but this is only the beginning of freedom, not perfect freedom…”. (St. Augustine).

I Commandment

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to the house of bondage; shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make any graven image of what is in heaven above, nor what is in the earth beneath, nor of what is in acquaint underground. Do not prostrate before them or worship them”. (Ex 20,2-5)

Man is inclined not only to fall in vices through the lusts, but to raise the same to their idols. After all, no one can by his own efforts escape the temptations that can generate, if left unchecked, uncontrollable lusts and desires. To defeat them successfully and not fall into guilty distractions, the will should be established and commitment to this noble goal.

The human feeling does not escape the law of firmness and the will. Every love to stay this should be, in fact, powered at all times of our existence, or distractions, banishing the thought and the promises of fidelity, they will lapse into oblivion.

If as has been stated, the thought is the source of action, then you need to keep it free of distractions not to leave him free to be captured by all that passes under our senses. In that case, our actions cannot depend on the will of our free will, but it will subject to cravings.

In every moment we can transpose the presence of God, in the melodiousness of the gurgling spring water, the sweetness of the scent of flowers in the spring breeze whisper, but also in the wonderful charm of nature all that lush, she sings his wonders: from ‘humble blade of grass, the shining star of the firmament, from insignificant grain of sand, the immensity of outer space, the small drop of dew, the immensity of the seas.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” it’s a command not to create idols and become slaves. We should not raise altars not true gods as did the people of Israel. Only in God can we find the end of every action and the meaning of each order. It is our Creator, our Savior, the One who loves us, the meaning and purpose of our lives.

Only those who can be united with God constantly through prayer will remain free from the gods of the world. In Him we find the true love and learn to be faithful to him to be able to accomplish in this life and make a serious claim of an eternity of bliss.

The first commandment is an act of love for ourselves as it reveals to us the way to be truly men or women. All sins arise from the sin of idolatry, that believe in God in all that is man-made: money, career, power, sex, their bodies, sports etc.

“This commandment which I command you is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, who shall go up for us to heaven, and let us hear and take it away from him we can run? It is not beyond sea that you should say: who will cross the sea for us to take it away from and let us hear and we can run? But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that put into action”.
(Dt 30, 11-14).

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