WEEKLY SNIPPETS ON THE WONDERS OF ST. JOSEPH FOR THE PARISH NEWSLETTER

WEEK 1

The Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis declared this year as The Year of St Joseph.  We would like to invite you to get to know St. Joseph by joining in the 33 Day- Consecration to St Joseph. The 33 Day Consecration will begin on March 30 to end on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Every Sunday, we will also be bringing you a snippet of The Wonders of

St. Joseph. 

 

In the New Testament, we read that Jesus "increased" in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man (Lk 2:52) under the watchful care of His parents.  Such an "increase" can happen to us too if we entrust ourselves to the paternal care of St Joseph.

 

In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at odds with Christian values, let us entrust ourselves and our families to our spiritual father. St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus, Patron of the Universal Church and Pillar of Families, pray for us.   (Source: Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC)

To join the Consecration, register at www.marriageandfamily.org.nz or email centreformarriageandfamilynz@gmail.com for more information.

WEEK 2

The Wonders of St. Joseph

In the 17th century, Venerable Mary of Agreda, a mystic and acclaimed author, wrote about the extraordinary graces God gives to those who are devoted to St. Joseph. She wrote in her book titled The Mystical City of God the seven privileges that await those who are devoted to St.Joseph:

 

1st, for attaining the virtue of purity and overcoming the sensual inclinations of the flesh.

 

2nd, for procuring powerful help to escape sin and return to the friendship of God. 

 

3rd, for increasing the love and devotion to most holy Mary.

 

4th, for securing the grace of a happy death and protection against the demon in that hour.

 

5th, for filling the demons with terror at the mere mention of his name by his clients.

 

6th, for gaining health of body and assistance in all kinds of difficulties. 

7th, for securing issue of children in families. 

These and many other favors God confers upon those who properly and with good disposition seek the intercession of the spouse of our Queen, St Joseph.  (Source: Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC)

CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

Pope Francis declared this year as the Year of St. Joseph. St. Joseph is the Foster Father of Jesus, Patron of the Universal Church and Pillar of Families. In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at odds with Christian values, it is time to entrust ourselves and our families to our spiritual father.  Join the 33 Day - Consecration to St. Joseph. Register at www.marriageandfamily.org.nz or email psison@marriageandfamily.org.nz  for more information.

WEEK 3

The Wonders of St. Joseph

 

St. Joseph is the delight of Saints. He is a unique saint. He is honoured and loved as the man closest to Christ. His virtues and holiness are extraordinary. Below are some excerpts from our heroes in faith:

“I saw heaven opened and St, Joseph sitting upon a magnificent throne. I felt myself wonderfully affected when, each time his name was mentioned, all the saints made a profound inclination toward him, showing by the serenity and sweetness of their looks that they rejoiced with him on account of his exalted dignity.”  - St. Gertrude the Great

 

”I have only my great devotion to St. Joseph. This it is that guides me and gives me full confidence. When you invoke St. Joseph, you don’t have to speak much. You know your Father in heaven knows what you need; so does his friend St. Joseph. Tell him, “If you were in my place, St. Joseph, what would you do?”  - St. Andre Bessette

 

“With the exception of our loving Mother, St. Joseph stands above all the saints”   – St. Maximilian Kolbe

 

“Who is not aware that, after the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph is, of all the saints, the one who is the dearest to God?”   – St. Alphonsus Liguori

(Source: Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC)

 

CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

Let’s get to know St. Joseph like our saints. In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at odds with Christian values, let us entrust ourselves and our families to our spiritual father.  Join the 33 Day - Consecration. Register at www.marriageandfamily.org.nz or email psison@marriageandfamily.org.nz  for more information. 

 

WEEK 4

The Wonders of St. Joseph

 

Life is filled with many sorrows. Loved ones will die, children sometimes rebel and gravity will eventually take away our youthfulness, making us old and immobile. No matter what life brings, however, St. Joseph will always be our consolation, comfort and solace. He knows well the hardships of life. He is a kind and loving father. He comforts everyone who comes to him in times of affliction. His fatherhood is unlike any other. God wants us to rest in St. Joseph’s fatherhood. St. Joseph will never abandon us no matter what our experiences of fatherhood have been.

 

Let us run to our spiritual father when life has us down. Pour out our hearts to him and tell him our troubles. St. Joseph is the most loving of fathers and will always be available for us, always attentive, always understanding. (Source: Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC)

 

St. Joseph, comfort of the afflicted, pray for us. 

 

CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

Pope Francis declared this year as the Year of St. Joseph. St. Joseph is the Foster Father of Jesus, Patron of the Universal Church and Pillar of Families. In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at odds with Christian values, it is time to entrust ourselves and our families to our spiritual father.  Join the 33 Day - Consecration to St. Joseph. Register at www.marriageandfamily.org.nz or psison@marriageandfamily.org.nz  for more information.

WEEK 5

The Wonders of St. Joseph


St. Joseph is a model of Patience.
 

Life was not easy for St. Joseph. He went through many trials in the service of the Lord. A man of prayer and faith, he reacted to the unexpected events of his mission by responding without delay to God's calls: when he had to journey on foot with Mary, who was expecting Jesus any day, all the way to Bethlehem; when he experienced the poverty of the stable where Mary gave birth; when he received the formidable mission of saving the Saviour’s life from Herod's murderous jealousy by fleeing to Egypt where he and his family lived as refugees in a foreign land; in the daily work of Nazareth; in the unexpected finding of Jesus in the Temple after a three-day search. Yet, in every situation, St. Joseph was always peaceful, kind, calm and abandoned to Divine Providence. We, too, are going to experience many trials in life, trials that will test our love and our patience. As we get to know St. Joseph, we can imitate his patience and he will help us as he is the closest to the two perfect people (Mary and Jesus).
 

St. Joseph, mirror of patience, pray for us. Join the 33 Day Consecration. Register at www.marriageandfamily.org.nz or email psison@marriageandfamily.org.nz for more information.
 

WEEK 6

The Wonders of St. Joseph


Restore hope, go to St. Joseph. St. Teresa of Avila had a great devotion to St. Joseph. She gives three reasons why we should be devoted to St. Joseph: First, He will rectify any of our petitions and align it with God’s will. Second, there is no greater spiritual guide than St. Joseph. Just as he guided and protected the child Jesus and Mary, he will also be able to guide us in the spiritual life. And third, anyone who is devoted to St. Joseph will make great progress in the life of virtue.

 

“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to the glorious St Joseph, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I do not remember that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which he has delivered me, both in body and in soul. To other saints, the Lord seems to have given grace to help us in some of our necessities. But my experience is that St Joseph helps us in them all; also that the Lord wishes to teach us that, as he was himself subject on earth to St. Joseph, so in heaven he now does all that Joseph asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to the saint. ...I only request, for the love of God, whoever will not believe me will test the truth of what I say, for he will see by experience how great a blessing it is to recommend oneself to this glorious patriarch and to be devout to him....” -St Teresa of Avila

 

St. Joseph, restorer of hope, pray for us.

CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at odds with Christian values, let us entrust ourselves and our families to our spiritual father.  Join the 33 Day - Consecration. Register at www.marriageandfamily.org.nz or email psison@marriageandfamily.org.nz  for more information. 

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The Centre for Marriage and Family is a non- profit Christian missionary organisation  that seeks to strengthen marriage and provide support for families to become communities of life and love. It aims to provide resources to empower the family in the fulfillment of its Four General Tasks:

(a) Forming a Community of Persons


(b) Serving Life


(c) Participating in the Development of Society


(d) Sharing in the Life and Mission of the Church.

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