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Novena to St Joseph – Day Nine & Consecration – 19 March

Novena to St Joseph – Day Nine & Consecration
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Nine

St Joseph, Who Died So Beautifully
Patron of a Holy Death

Dear St Joseph,

I know I am going to die.   When I do, I trust that you will be there to greet me with Jesus and Mary in a special way.   Will you please promise me this?   I trust you.   I believe that you will be there for me.   For my part, I will try not to be afraid of my death and I will live my life in preparation for it.   I will maybe even look forward to it as the time when I will get to meet my Lord, my Mother and you face to face.

Prepare me for my death, whenever it may be.   If it is sudden, please make sure that my soul is prepared and please make sure I will not be lost!

Dear St Joseph, obtain this grace for me as I consecrate myself to your fatherly care. I will then be fully yours.   Probably someday after that, I will die and I give you permission to take me home to my Father’s house when that day comes.

Saint Joseph, who died so beautifully, please prepare my soul for death.   Amenday nine novena to st joseph 19 march 2019.jpg

Day of Consecration to St Joseph

Dear St Joseph,

On this day, before God and your Immaculate Spouse, Mary,
I ___________________ choose you as my spiritual father forever.
I formally entrust myself to your fatherly care.
I love you and I trust in your prayers.
As your spiritual child,
I give you full permission
(and in fact, I’m begging you)
to please act in my life,
especially in these concerns:
………………………………
Praying for me constantly in a special way,
Bringing me even deeper into the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Providing for me and all my loved ones,
Guarding and protecting me from bodily and spiritual evil,
Guiding me to always do God’s most perfect will,
Helping me to suffer with love and without complaint,
Giving me purity of body and of soul,
Forming me into a person of peace and joy,
Preparing me for a beautiful and happy death.

From this day forward, St Joseph,
you are my spiritual father
and I am your child.
I trust you and love you
and I look forward to meeting you someday in heaven.
I ask all of this through Jesus Christ our Lord
and for the glory of God,
who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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Thought for the Day – 19 March – St Joseph The faithful foster-father and guardian by St Bernardine

Thought for the Day – 19 March – Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The faithful foster-father and guardian

Saint Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

An excerpt from his On Saint Joseph (Sermon 2)

There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favour 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 fulfil the task at hand.

This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord and the husband of the Queen of our world, enthroned above the angels.   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.   He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying – Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.

What then is Joseph’s position in the whole Church of Christ?   Is he not a man chosen and set apart?   Through him and, yes, under him, Christ was fittingly and honourably introduced into the world.   Holy Church in its entirety is indebted to the Virgin Mother because through her it was judged worthy to receive Christ.   But after her we undoubtedly owe special gratitude and reverence to Saint Joseph.

In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close.   He brought the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfilment.   What the divine goodness had offered as a promise to them, he held in his arms.

Obviously, Christ does not now deny to Joseph that intimacy, reverence and very high honour which He gave him on earth, as a son to His father.   Rather we must say that in heaven Christ completes and perfects, all that He gave at Nazareth.obviously, christ does not now deny to joseph - st bernardine 19 march 2019.jpg

Now we can see how the last summoning words of the Lord appropriately apply to Saint Joseph – Enter into the joy of your Lord.   In fact, although the joy of eternal happiness enters into the soul of a man, the Lord preferred to say to Joseph – Enter into joy.   His intention was that the words should have a hidden spiritual meaning for us.   They convey not only that this holy man possesses an inward joy but also that it surrounds him and engulfs him like an infinite abyss.

Remember us, Saint Joseph and plead for us to your foster-child.   Ask your most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon us, since she is the mother of Him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally.   Amenholy mary holy joseph - pray for us - 15 june 2018.jpg

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Lenten Reflection – 19 March – Faithful, Humble, Obedient, Wise, Brave

Lenten Reflection – 19 March – Tuesday of The Second Week of Lent, Year C
The Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church

“How faithful in humility was the great saint we are celebrating!   That can’t be said in all its perfection for, in spite of what he was, in what poverty and lowliness he lived all the days of his life, a poverty and lowliness beneath which he kept hidden and concealed his great virtues and dignity!… Truly, I have no doubt at all that the angels came, beside themselves with admiration, rank upon rank, to behold and wonder at his humility, while he sheltered that dearest child in the poor workshop where he worked at his employment so as to feed the little boy and the mother entrusted to him.

There is no doubt at all that Saint Joseph was braver than David and wiser that Solomon [who were his ancestors].  Nevertheless, seeing him reduced to the exercise of carpentry, who could have discerned this unless they were enlightened by a heavenly light, so hidden did he keep the remarkable gifts with which God had favoured him?   And what wisdom did he not have?   For God gave him his most glorious Son to care for…, the universal Prince of heaven and earth…   Nevertheless, you can see how low and humbled he was brought, more than can be said or imagined… he went to his own country and town of Bethlehem and none but he was turned away from all those inns…  Notice how the angel turns him about with both hands.   He tells him he has to go to Egypt and he goes, he orders him to return and he returns.   God wants him to be always poor… and he submits to it with love and not only for a while, for he was poor his whole life long.”st joseph pray for us 19 march 2019.jpg

Daily Meditation:
Protect us from what could harm us
as St Joseph protected our Lord and Saviour.

God the Father has given us His only Son, the Word made man,
to be our food and our life. Let us thank Him and pray:
May the word of Christ dwell among us in all its richness.

Help us in this Lenten season to listen more frequently to Your word,
that we may celebrate the solemnity of Easter with greater love for Christ, our paschal teacher,
that we may encourage those in doubt and error to follow what is true and good.
Enable us to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Anointed One,
that our lives may reveal Him more effectively.
Purify and renew Your Church in this time of salvation,
that it may give an even greater witness to You.

For thy steadfast love was established forever,
thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
Thou hast said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your descendants for ever,
and build your throne for all generations.’
Psalm 89:2–4

Closing Prayer:

God in heaven and in my life,
guide me and protect me.
I so often believe I can save myself
and I always end in failure.
Lead me with Your love away from harm
and guide me on the right path.
May Your Spirit inspire the Church
and make us an instrument of Your love and guidance.
Thank You for your care for me.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
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Quote/s of the Day – 19 March – St Joseph!

Quote/s of the Day – 19 March – The Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Guardian of Jesus, Patron of the Dying, Patron of the Universal Church

Saint Joseph was the just man,
by his constant fidelity,
an effect of justice;
by his perfect discretion,
a sister to prudence;
by his upright conduct,
a mark of strength
and by his inviolable chastity,
a flower of temperance.”

St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Doctor of the Churchst-joseph-was-the-just-man-st-albert-the-great-19-march-2018.jpg

“Some Saints are privileged,
to extend to us,
their patronage, with particular efficacy, in certain needs
but not in others
but our holy patron St Joseph,
has the power to assist us in all cases,
in every necessity,
in every undertaking.”

St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Doctor of the Churchsome saints are privileged...but st joseph - st thomas aquinas 19 march 2019.jpg

“Go, then to Joseph and do all, that he shall say to you,
Go to Joseph and obey him, as Jesus and Mary obeyed him,
Go to Joseph and speak to him, as they spoke to him,
Go to Joseph and consult him, as they consulted him,
Go to Joseph and honour him, as they honoured him,
Go to Joseph and be grateful to him, as they were grateful to him,
Go to Joseph and love him, as they love him still.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Churchgo then to joseph - st alphonsus liguori - 19 march 2019.jpg

“There is but one saint
who typifies to us
the next world
and that is Saint Joseph.
He is the type of
rest, repose,
peace.
He is the saint
and patron of home,
in death
as well as
in life.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)there is but one saint - bl john henry newman 19 march 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 19 March – The man who doesn’t speak but obeys

One Minute Reflection – 19 March – The Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Guardian of Jesus and Patron of the Universal Church

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife...Matthew 1:24matthew 1 24 when joseph woke from sleep - 19 march 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “And this man, this dreamer, is able to accept this duty, this grave duty. He has so much to say to us, in this time, of a strong sense of being orphaned.   And so this man takes the promise of God and carries it onward in silence, with strength, he carries it onward so that God’s Will might be done.   He is the man who doesn’t speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of carrying forward the promises so that they might become solid, certain;  the man who guarantees the stability of the Kingdom of God, the paternity of God, our sonship as children of God.
I like to think of Joseph as the guardian of weaknesses, of our weaknesses too, he is able to give birth to so many beautiful things from our weaknesses, even from our sins.

Today I want to ask, grant to all of us the ability to dream, that when we dream great things, beautiful things, we might draw near to the dream of God, the things God dreams about us.   [I ask] that he might give to young people – because he was young – the capacity to dream, to risk, to undertake the difficult tasks they have seen in dreams.  And [I ask] him to give to all of us the faithfulness that tends to grow when we have a just attitude – Joseph was just – [the faithfulness that] grows in silence, with few words, that grows in tenderness that guards our own weaknesses and those of others.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 20 March 2017he is the man who doesn't speak but obeys - pope francis - 19 march 2019 st joseph.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty God, at the beginnings of our salvation, when Mary conceived your Son and brought Him forth into the world, you placed them under Joseph’s watchful care.   May his prayer still help Your Church to be an equally faithful guardian of Your mysteriest and a sign of Christ to mankind.   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, God, forever, amen.blessed-solemnity-of-st-joseph-19-march-2018 (1).jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 19 March – St Joseph be our Protector By St Pope John XXIII

Our Morning Offering – 19 March – The Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Guardian of Jesus and Patron of the Universal Church, Patron of Fathers, Patron of the Dying, Patron of Workers. et al

St Joseph, be our Protector
By St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

St Joseph,
be always our protector.
That your internal spirit of peace,
silence, honest work and prayer
in the service of the Church
give us life and happiness
in union with your blessed Spouse,
our Sweet and Immaculate Mother
in the strong and mild love to Jesus,
Glorious and Immortal King
of the centuries and the people.
Amenst joseph be our protector - st pope john XXIII 19 march 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 19 March – Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945) aged 23 – Martyr

Saint of the Day – 19 March – Blessed Marcel Callo (1921-1945) aged 23 – Layman, Martyr – born on 6 December 1921 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France and died on 19 March 1945 in Mauthausen, Upper Austria, Austria of tuberculosis and dysentery.   His body was buried in a mass grave outside the walls of the Concentration camp and his remains never recovered..   He was Beatified on 4 October 1987 by St Pope John Paul II.   His memory is also honoured and remembered on 19 April in the Diocese of Linz, Austria.bl marcel callo ls.jpg

Marcel Callo was born on 6 December 1921, in Rennes, France, being one of nine children.  marcel_Callo.jpgHe was a happy child, who was known to be a leader and a perfectionist.   He helped with his household chores and he helped take care of his younger siblings.   After completing his primary studies, he became an apprentice to a printer around age 13.

He did not like associating with fellow workers who swore and told many improper stories. He preferred accompanying good Catholic friends who belonged to the JOC, Jeunesse Ouvriere Chretienne (Young Christian Worker).   He had a good sense of humour and would like to wrestle, play football, ping pong, cards and bridge.

When Marcel was 20 he fell in love with Marguerite Derniaux.  bl marcel and girlfriendHe did not degrade women like his fellow worker but instead had deep respect for women.   He said, “I am not one to amuse myself with the heart of a lady, since my love is pure and noble.   If I have waited until 20 years old to go out with a young lady, it is because I knew that I wanted to find real love.   One must master his heart before he can give it to the one that is chosen for him by Christ.”   It took him about one year to declare his love to Marguerite and an additional four months before they first kissed.   After being engaged, they imposed a strict spiritual rule of life which included praying the same prayers and going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist as often as they could.

On 8 March 1943, the war (World War II) had gripped their city of Rennes.   That day his sister, Madeleine was killed by one of the bombs.

He was conscripted to serve during the war and his original intention was to flee but realised that if he did so, those he left at home would be arrested.   He was reluctant but agreed to serve and when conscripted said:  “I’m leaving not as a worker but as a missionary in the service of my companions”.   Callo departed on 19 March 1943 for his service and brought with him – which he kept at all times – his badges as both a scout and a member of the YCW.   The Gestapo arrested Callo on 19 April 1944 due to his membership with the YCW which was perceived to be an outlawed and secret order.  bl marcel callo.jpg

Once there, he worked in a factory that produced bombs that would be used against his own countrymen.   After three months or so of missing his family and missing Mass (there was no Catholic church in that town), Marcel became seriously depressed.   He later found a room where Mass was offered on Sunday.   This helped change his disposition.   He reported that, “Finally Christ reacted.   He made me to understand that the depression was not good.   I had to keep busy with my friends and then joy and relief would come back to me.”

With his morale and hope restored, he cared for his deported friends.   He organised a group of Christian workers who did activities together like play sports or cards.   He also organised a theatrical group.   He galvanised his friends despite him suffering from painful boils, headaches and infected teeth.   For his French friends, he arranged a Mass to be celebrated in their native tongue.   Eventually, his religious activities attracted unwanted attention from the German officials.   The Germans arrested Marcel on 19 April 1944 saying that, “Monsieur is too much of a Catholic.”marcel_callo-marcel_callo_ausschnitt

The Germans interrogated Marcel.   He admitted his Catholic activities and was imprisoned in Gotha.   He secretly received the Eucharist while in prison and continued to pray and help his companions.   He was considered dangerous to the Germans and was moved to a different prison at Mathausen.   He suffered from various ailments such as bronchitis, malnutrition, dysentery, fever, swelling (due to the malnutrition and dehydration) and general weakness.   He never complained.   Despite his suffering, he encouraged his companions by saying, “It is in prayer that we find our strength.”

He died on the feast of St Joseph, 19 March 1945.   The date was exactly two years from the day he left home.   St Pope John Paul II Beatified Marcel Callo on 4 October 1987 as a Martyr murdered in hatred of the Faith.  Colonel Tibodo – who saw thousands die in the camps witnessed that of Callo’s and said of it with emotion:  “Marcel had the look of a saint.”  Tibodo also testified for the beatification proceedings and said:  “I have never seen in a dying man a look like this”.Statue_de_Marcel_Callo_en_l'église_Saint_Aubin_de_Rennes