We don’t have any words from Jesus’ father on earth, but we have so many reflections from the saints who have loved him dearly.
Here are some of our favorites, all quoted in this very recommendable book for a Consecration to St. Joseph:
Padre Pio: Ite ad Joseph. Go to Joseph with extreme confidence, because I do not remember having asked anything from St. Joseph, without having obtained it readily.
Thomas Aquinas: It is true that the other saints enjoy great power in heaven, but they ask as servants, and do not command as masters. Saint Joseph, to whose authority Jesus was subject on earth, obtains what he desires from his kingly foster Son in heaven.
St. Teresa of Avila: The Lord wants us to understand that just as he was subject to St. Joseph on earth — for since bearing the title of father, being the Lord’s tutor, Joseph could give the child commands — so in heaven God does whatever he commands.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade: To give life to someone is the greatest of all gifts. To save a life is the next. Who gave life to Jesus? It was Mary. Who saved his life? It was Joseph. Ask St. Paul who persecuted him. Saint Peter who denied him. Ask all the saints who put him to death. But if we ask, “Who saved his life?” Be silent, patriarchs, be silent, prophets, be silent, apostles, confessors and martyrs. Let St. Joseph speak, for this honor is his alone; he alone is the savior of his Savior.
Blessed Conchita: How greatly you suffered at the vision of her [Mary’s] martyrdom without you, the solitude of the wife whom you loved so well. Oh what martyrdom wracked your soul at the fore-vision of the Passion and the seven swords which would pierce the Immaculate Heart of Mary. You dreamed of her alone, alone without Jesus — and this affliction embittered your happy life.
And here’s some saintly advice:
St. Bernadette Soubirous: If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master, and he will not go astray.
St. Joseph Marello: Be in good spirits under the fatherly mantle of St. Joseph, a place of safest refuge in trials and tribulations.
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