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May St. Joseph intercede for us in the same spirit in which he watched over Our Lord and Our Lady!

The first reading of the Office of Readings in the Divine Office for this Feast is Hebrews 11: 1-16, a beautiful chronicle of praise of the faith in God of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sara.

The second reading is particularly beautiful. I thought I would post it for those who don’t have access to the appropriate volume. I’ve underlined the segment I found most powerful.


From a sermon by St. Bernadine of Siena

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

This general rule is especially verified in the case of St. 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 the 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 honorably 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 St. Joseph.

In him the Old Testament finds its fitting close. He brought the noble line of the patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment. 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 honor 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.

Now we can see how the last summoning words of the Lord appropriately apply to St. 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 is surrounds him and engulfs him like an infinite abyss.

Remember us, St. 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. Amen.



cross-posted on the Benedictine Spirituality Forum at Catholic Answers Forums

For those of us who are just beginning to plumb the riches of Benedictine Spirituality, here are some links I’ve found helpful, particularly for those of us in the world. Please feel free to add more to this thread. I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of them!

Rule of St Benedict

The Online Guide to Saint Benedict

The Jubilee Medal of St. Benedict

Oblates of the Order of St. Benedict

Benedictine Oblates: Introduction for Inquirers and Candidates

There are also some great basic books:

“The Benedictine Handbook”

“Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict,”, by Esther de Waal

“St. Benedict: A Rule for Beginners,” by Julian Stead, OSB

anything by Blessed Columba Marmion, including “Union with God: Letters of Spiritual Direction” and “Christ, the Life of the Soul”

Well, the Catholic Answers Forum Benedictine Spirituality group that I mentioned here has, thanks be to God, already taken-off into its own discussion forum, with all the cool capabilities thereof.

Among the first threads are an ongoing study of the Rule of St. Benedict, a brief bio of a Benedictine saint, and some basic Benedictine links. I’ll go ahead and repost the start of the latter thread here on my blog.

If you want to know what this Benedictine thing — truly riches from Heaven — is all about — or if you’re ready to chat — please come on by!

Sorry for another l o n g lag in posts; unfortunately, there will probably be another soon, as I’m due to have our fourth child any day now. Prayers are always appreciated! 🙂

I did want to invite anyone who is interested in Benedictine spirituality to a group we’re forming on Catholic Answers Forums. To get a taste of Benediction spirituality, you can check the posts here and then come on over to the group on Catholic Answers Forums.

May God bless you, especially in your Lenten journey!

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