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GO TO JOSEPH!                                               

"Of old it was said to the needy and suffering people in the kingdom of Egypt: 'Go to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you.’ (Gen. 41:55)

"The same is now said by the Sovereign Pontiff to all needy and suffering people in the kingdom of the Church: Go to Joseph...

"What was truly said of the first Joseph, as to his future, and as to his goodness, his chastity, his patience, his wisdom, his influence with the king, his power over the people, and his love for his brethren, is verified much more perfectly, even to this day, in the second Joseph."

-Herbet Cardinal Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster

A 16th CENTURY PROPHECY                            

Isadore of Isolanis, a pious Dominican of the 16th century, prophesied that “the sound of victory” will be heard in the Church Militant “when the faithful recognize the sanctity of St. Joseph.” He continues: “The Lord will let His light shine, He will lift the veil, and great men will search out the interior gifts of God that are hidden in St. Joseph; they will find in him a priceless treasure, the like of which they had never found in other saints of the Old Testament. We are inclined to believe that toward the end of time, God will overwhelm St. Joseph with glorious honor.

If in the past ages during the storms of persecution, these honors could not be shown to St. Joseph, we must conclude that they have been reserved for later times. At some future time, the feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated as one of the greatest feasts. The Vicar of Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, will order this feast to be celebrated in the Universal Church.”

FEASTS OF ST. JOSEPH                                  

THE PRIMARY FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH IS MARCH 19. It is believed - his death occurred on that day. This feast was fixed in the 15th century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Gregory XV in 1621. 0n December 8 1870, Pope Pius IX ordered that this feast be celebrated throughout the Church as a double of the first class. Holy Church also dedicates to St. Joseph the entire month of March. In addition, pious custom dedicates Wednesday of each week to the honor of St. Joseph.

May 1 was established as the feast of St. Joseph the Workman by Pope Pius XII in 1955.The date was chosen to coincide with the date on which Labor Day is observed in many countries, thus to elevate and sanctify the observance. Formerly there was a solemnity of the Patronage of St. Joseph which was celebrated each year on the third Sunday after Easter, then changed to the Wednesday following the Second Sunday after Easter, with an octave following. On that day St. Joseph was honored especially as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and as Patron of the Universal Church. Formerly, there was also a feast of the Espousal of St. Joseph on January 23.

ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY                    

"There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand."

"This general rule is especially verified in the case of St. Joseph...He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife." (St. Bernardine of Siena, Sermon 2 on St. Joseph; Cf. 2nd Reading, Liturgy of the Hours).

The gospel passage for this solemnity is St. Matthew's account of the announcement to Joseph of the coming birth of Jesus. It makes St. Joseph the central and active figure - Joseph is the recipient of a revelation and God communicates his will to him. The evangelist suggests that Joseph understood what was asked of him and without further questioning or doubt accepted the call of God. "When Joseph awoke he id as the angel of the Lord had directed him" (Matthew 1:24). Joseph was a man of faith.

Earlier in the history of God's people, Abraham took God at his word and believed. His faith was an act of confidence in God and an act of hope in a promise that only God could guarantee. Joseph, like Abraham, had only the barest knowledge about his vocation. Yet he accepted it with the same unquestioning faith, absolutely trusting God.

King David had intended to build a glorious temple to the Lord, but the prophet Nathan bore a message from God not to build a temple. Rather, God will build up for him a house, an everlasting dynasty, a throne firm forever. Prophetically we understand his words as a reference to Jesus Christ ad his kingdom. The place of this reading in our celebration today serves also a historical point of reference. Joseph was a descendant of David and a foster father of Jesus, and therefore has a significant role in the establishment of His kingdom.

Our scripture lessons today teach us about faith and trust in God. Three figures are presented to us, each one an example of faith -David, Abraham and Joseph. Each one of them committed himself to an unknown without hesitation. The silence of the Scriptures regarding St. Joseph speaks a eloquently of his faith. The few passages in which he is mentioned show him as a man going about the business of what God asked of him.

The short reading at evening prayer on this solemnity speaks to us of St. Joseph:

"Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men, since you know full well that you will receive an inheritance from him as your reward," (Colossians 3:23-24).

Generally, we have some notion of what God wants of us after seeking guidance and advice. It may be clear to us how we are to go about doing his will, yet we need still faith and trust in God's Providence as we face the future. In any adventure with God difficulties may be encountered, challenges will have to be met.

The events of sacred history are a source of encouragement, as we give ourselves unreservedly to God, and his purpose and will for us.

Our prayer today honors St. Joseph,"that just man, that wise and loyal servant whom [God] placed at the head of his family," (Preface of the Mass), to cherish Mary and to watch over Jesus. We ask for Joseph's watchfulness over the Church with the same care and unselfish love he gave to Mary and Jesus.

ANOTHER STORY ABOUT ST. JOSEPH

He was the royal and divinely-trusted man to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary was given as a bride, and whom God knew would guard her innocence as a virgin and protect her Divine Child. Saint Joseph is the foster father of Jesus. The Litany of the Saints refers to him as the last of the patriarchs. Saint Joseph was espoused to Our Blessed Lady by divine arrangement on when she was just fourteen years old. Saint Joseph was thirty years old at the time. He was a man of faith.
He was faithful, patient man, obedient to the demands of God and willingly accepted the hardships. The gospel passage for this solemnity is St. Matthew’s account of the announcement to Joseph of the coming birth of Jesus. It makes St. Joseph the central and active figure - Joseph is the recipient of a revelation and God communicates his will to him. The evangelist suggests that Joseph understood what was asked of him and without further questioning or doubt accepted the call of God. “When Joseph awoke he id as the angel of the Lord had directed him” (Matthew 1:24).

As the Second Vatican Council teaches, “The obedience of faith must be given to God as He reveals Himself. By this obedience of faith man freely commits himself entirely to God, making the full submission of his intellect and will to God who reveals and willingly assenting to the revelation given by Him.” St. Joseph is the model of this obedient faith.

Saint Joseph died when he was sixty years old, just before the public life of Our Lord began. The whole month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph’s body arose into Heaven, in soul and in body, forty days later, to await there the coming of Mary on the great feast of the Assumption, on August 15, in the year 58. Saint Joseph has now two special feast days, one for his royalty on March 19, and one for his humility as a workman, on May 1. It was told to the Israelites in the Old Testament, “Go to Joseph,” if they wanted any favor or benefit. “Go to Joseph,” is the advice and counsel given to every Catholic who wants a favor and who believes in the sanctity of the Holy Family and its simple and innocent hierarchy. Anything Saint Joseph asks of Mary and of Jesus in eternity, he will get. He is still the head of the Holy Family.

In 1870, Pope Pius IX proclaimed Joseph as the Patron of the universal Church, honoring his role of support, protection and guidance and named March 19 as "the heavenly birthday of St Joseph".

 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.

 
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