Dear members of the Catholic family,
As we approach the month of March, we are reminded that it is dedicated to St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was also the foster father of Jesus.
The Catholic Church does not know much about Saint Joseph other than what is mentioned in the Gospels. Holy Scripture proclaims Saint Joseph as a "just man." [Matthew 1:19] "Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly."
On December 18, 2005, during the Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI gave a special emphasis on the silence of St. Joseph. He was a man of few words. He spoke through his actions, doing as the angel of the Lord had commanded. Joseph's response was action.
Over the centuries, the Catholic Church has turned to Saint Joseph for his patronage and protection. St. Joseph is the model of fathers.
Saint Joseph was a descendant of king David. He was born at a time when the Jewish nation no longer had a ruling king. As such, Saint Joseph was a king without a throne and a crown.
Throughout the world, many Churches are named after the foster father of Jesus. One of them, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national Shrine on Westmount Summit in Montreal, Quebec. It is Canada's largest church. This famous Shrine draws pilgrims from around the world.
Over the years, many prayers were dedicated to Saint Joseph. Among them you will find the Litany and the Novena to Saint Joseph. Both of these are very popular.
Another more recent popular trend has been the practice of burying a plastic St. Joseph to help speed the sale of a home. This practice dates back to at least 1984 in the U.S.A. In 1990 it became all the rage, with Realtors buying plastic saints' statues by the gross. The statue had to be buried upside down, exactly twelve inches in the ground. Once the property was sold, the practice was to dig up the statue and place it on the seller's mantle or in another place of honor.
And finally there are stories of non-Catholics in distant land who have come forward and asked to be admitted to the Catholic Church. When questioned about their knowledge of the Catholic Church, they stated that a stranger came into their land and taught them all about the faith. Upon seeing a holy card of Saint Joseph, they indicated that he was the man who came to them in their distant land. So does Saint Joseph walk the earth as a missionary? According to some, yes, he does!
During the coming month, let us seek Saint Joseph's protection for all of us and our loved ones. If anyone can obtain God's favour on our behalf, it surely is he who raised the Son of God.
May the upcoming month be one of blessings and peace to all of you.
Catholic Doors Ministry
P.O. Box 7615
S7K 4R4, Canada
February 28, 2014
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