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Saint Joseph: Complete submission to the will of God

I ... encourage you to look to Saint Joseph. When Mary received the visit of the angel at the Annunciation, she was already betrothed to Joseph. In addressing Mary personally, the Lord already closely associates Joseph to the mystery of the Incarnation. Joseph agreed to be part of the great events which God was beginning to bring about in the womb of his spouse. He took Mary into his home. He welcomed the mystery that was in Mary and the mystery that was Mary herself. He loved her with great respect, which is the mark of all authentic love. Joseph teaches us that it is possible to love without possessing. In contemplating Joseph, all men and women can, by God’s grace, come to experience healing from their emotional wounds, if only they embrace the plan that God has begun to bring about in those close to him, just as Joseph entered into the work of redemption through Mary and as a result of what God had already done in her.
Joseph was caught up at every moment by the mystery of the Incarnation. Not only physically, but in his heart as well, Joseph reveals to us the secret of a humanity which dwells in the presence of mystery and is open to that mystery at every moment of everyday life. In Joseph, faith is not separated from action. His faith had a decisive effect on his actions. Paradoxically, it was by acting, by carrying out his responsibilities, that he stepped aside and left God free to act, placing no obstacles in his way. Joseph is a “just man” (Mt 1:19) because his existence is “ad-justed” to the word of God.
The life of Saint Joseph, lived in obedience to God’s word, is an eloquent sign for all the disciples of Jesus who seek the unity of the Church. His example helps us to understand that it is only by complete submission to the will of God that we become effective workers in the service of his plan to gather together all mankind into one family, one assembly, one “ecclesia”. Dear friends from other Christian confessions, this quest for unity among the disciples of Christ represents a great challenge for us. It leads us first of all to be converted to the Person of Christ, to let ourselves be drawn more and more to him. In him, we are called to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. During this year dedicated to the Apostle Paul, the great herald of Jesus Christ and the Apostle of the Nations, let us all turn towards him so as to hear and learn “the faith and truth” which are the deepest reasons for the unity of Christ’s disciples.
Benedict XVI
March 18, 2009


  1. "Dear St. Joseph, Protector of Holy Church, inspire your namesake Joseph, now Benedict, to govern the Holy Church with a firm and resolute hand, to remove those who openly preach and practice against the Holy Faith, to reject any and all heresies, to welcome without delay those who have for years fought to retain Tradition in practice and belief, to render Justice to those who have been mistakenly identified as outside the church, and to provide for the continuation of Holy Tradition in liturgy, practice and belief among all those who your Son has won for His Father in Heaven."

    "Sit beside Joseph, now Benedict, and watch and inspire his every move that he may accurately and faithfully govern the Church here on earth. Give him the courage to do what must be done as you did when you left everything and went with your beloved spouse Mary and the Holy Infant, Jesus, to the safety of Egypt. Do not allow the enemies of Holy Church to influence Joseph, now Benedict, in any way with the heresies of Modernism so accurately described by the saintly St. Pius X in the encyclical Pascendi Domenici Gregis, a warning given to us over 100 years ago."

    "Inspire all our spiritual fathers to do what must be done to set on proper course our Holy Church on earth and together with Joseph, now Benedict, to proclaim the truth throughout the world and gain many souls for your Beloved Son. St. Joseph, you have never failed us and we ask for your special attention and concern now with the enemy of the Cross at our doorstep. Together with the Holy Angel, St. Michael, fight those enemies with every weapon in the heavenly arsenal and preserve us in our faith now and forever, Amen."

    Now some might say the foregoing prayer is not needed since the issuance of Summorum Pontificum and the lifting of the excommunications but I contend the lifting of the suspensions against the SSPX and the provision of faculties to them by the Holy Father remains undone, shall we say.

    Also, there is the matter of the proper juridical structure which guarantees the survival of Tradition (apostolic administration) for not only the SSPX but all traditional catholic groups in union with the Holy See - that too remains undone. This feast day, it seems to me, would be a perfect opportunity to recite the prayer while attending Holy Mass or before a statue of St. Joseph. God bless.

  2. Anonymous1:10 PM

    St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

    St. Joseph, protector of virgins, pray for us.

    It is a happy day, indeed. I ask of St. Joseph to obtain a special grace for all readers of this blog, for NC and for all the moderators.

  3. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Dear New Catholic

    Have you received/read the dossier assembled by an Alberto Monteiro about the Brazilian abortion/excommunication affair that has been circulating?

    I not only believe it to be instrumental for understanding the whole issue in the great scheme of things, but also that, had Archbishop Fisichella known the facts stated in it, he wouldn't have issued his disastrous statement.

  4. Anonymous3:48 PM

    God Bless Pope Benedict XIV on this Feast Day of St. Joseph our Guardian.

    May the Pope explicitly call for the conversion of the other confessions, Christian or otherwise to the Holy Catholic Church. Then we can all be one.


  5. There are rumers that Pope Benedict has charged a team with devising a new Missal of Benedict XVI to replace the Novus Ordo. Did anyone here hear anything about it?

  6. Anonymous2:00 AM

    Sorry for posting off-topic, but I think this is important.

    While world leaders work on preparations for the Durban II conference in April four christians converts are in jail in Libya. This is delicate because Libya chairs the preparation comitee for this conference:

    I wonder how the vatican can participate such a conference? What is the point of doing shake-hands with torturer-states? Peace comes not from human rights, but from Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

    And btw. the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not even grant the right of being baptized


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