What do we stand to learn from St. Joseph? What should we understand about the role and mission of the Holy Angels? How did St. Joseph interact and respond to them?
This Fall, on September 25th & 26th at St. Albert the Great Church in Austin, TX, in simultaneous English and Spanish formats, Fullness of Truth presents “St. Joseph & The Holy Angels!” exploring why, more than ever, Christians everywhere should turn to the efficacious paternal intercession, and entrust ourselves, the Church, and our world to our spiritual father’s loving care. Join the engaging, missionary preacher Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, speaker and evangelist Michael Gormley, the dynamic, seasoned Catholic evangelist Jesse Romero, and Fr. Charlie Garza as they illustrate that while no one was closer to Our Lord and Our Lady than St. Joseph, basically living in Perpetual Adoration with them, he was also trusting and sensitive to the work of the Holy Angels. Our speakers will absolutely have you convinced that it would be wise for us to imitate, invoke and learn from St. Joseph!
St. Joseph teaches us virtue, especially practicing patience and silence, which we know is very hard to do. He is always calm, always peaceful. He's a great model for the interior life. He was in a constant state of communion with God, something we should all imitate. St. Joseph’s work was his prayer, and his prayer, his work!
We don't have any words from St. Joseph in the New Testament, though we know he was definitely humble and always obedient. Whenever God gives him directions in Scripture, he immediately responds. He doesn't even have to say, "I'll do it." He just does it. Also, St. Joseph must have been extremely pure of heart, because he was married to the most beautiful woman ever, and they maintained virginity. He also had the crucial role of raising and educating the Messiah. That's “next level” holiness!
We know St. Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his, but was as yet unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. He was quite aware though that women accused of adultery could be stoned to death, so he resolved to send her away quietly as to not expose her to shame, or cruelty. However, when an angel came to St. Joseph in a dream and told him, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins," he did as the angel told him, and took Mary as his wife (Matt 1). When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egypt, without question, until the angel told him it was safe to go back (Matt 2). We know too St. Joseph respected God. He followed God's commands in handling the situation with Mary, in going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised, and assisting Mary as she was purified after Jesus' birth. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been very easy for a working man.
Despite his humble work and means, note however that St. Joseph came from a royal lineage. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew disagree somewhat about the exact details of St. Joseph's genealogy, but again, they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel (Matt 1 / Luke 3). Indeed, the angel who first tells St. Joseph about Jesus greets him as "son of David", a royal title used also for Jesus! He seemed to perfectly understand the role God’s angels play for us. They do not have emotions as we do, but they have a love that is pure and intense and unconquerable, and so although they behold all our unruly emotions and actions, they keep on accompanying us, enlightening us, interceding for us without giving up.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the apocryphal date for St. Joseph's birth is 90 B.C. in Bethlehem, and the apocryphal date of his death is July 20, A.D. 18, in Nazareth. St. Joseph is the patron saint of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus' public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth! St. Joseph is also patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, house-sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general. We celebrate two feast days for St. Joseph: March 19 for “Joseph, Husband of Mary”, and May 1 for “Joseph the Worker”. There is so much more we wish we could know about him -- exactly where and when he was born, how he spent his days, exactly when and how he died. Sacred Scripture though has left us with the most important knowledge: that is, who Glorious St. Joseph essentially was -- "a righteous man" (Matt 1).
Drawing on the wealth of the Church’s living tradition, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author of the recent book Consecration to St. Joseph, implores us turn to his efficacious paternal intercession, and to entrust ourselves, our Church, and our world to our spiritual father’s loving care. Then, watch for awesome wonders when the Universal Patron of the Church opens the floodgates of Heaven to pour out graces into our lives today. May St. Joseph obtain for us, and especially for fathers and all who must guide families, an openness to the work of the Holy Angels like his own, even if they have to catch our attention while we sleep!
Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary,
be with us this day.
You protected and cherished the Virgin;
loving the Child Jesus as your Son,
you rescued Him from the danger of death.
Defend the Church,
the household of God,
purchased by the Blood of Christ.
Jesse Romero is an internationally renowned Catholic who sets the hearts of his listeners on fire with a passion for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church!
With the same passion and commitment that made him a three-time World Police Olympics boxing champion, a former U.S.A. middleweight kickboxing champion and a retired veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Jesse shares Catholic teaching with an exciting style that is guaranteed to strengthen, edify and fortify you with a deeper love for God!
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