March, the month dedicated to St. Joseph
Feast of St. Joseph – March 19
ST. TERESA’S PLEA
Words of St. Teresa of Avila
“Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint ,
for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God.
I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by
particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in
a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very
many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have
always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it
for my greater good . . . I ask for the love of God that he who does not
believe me will make the trial for himself then he will find out by
experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this
glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him . . .”
-Autobiography, VI, 11-12
WORDS OF POPE LEO XIII
From the Encyclical Quamquam pluries, August 15, 1889
“Since the bond of marriage existed between Joseph and the Blessed Virgin,
there can be no doubt that more than any other person he approached that
supereminent dignity by which the Mother of God is raised far above all
“Blessed Joseph . . . was indeed the husband of Mary and the father, as was
supposed, of Jesus Christ. From this arise all his dignity, grace, holiness
and glory . . . is his numberless family, scattered throughout all lands,
over which he rules with a sort of paternal authority, because he is the
husband of Mary and the father of Jesus Christ.”
“Just as Mary, Mother of the Saviour, is spiritual mother of all Christians
. . . Joseph looks on all Christians as having been confided to himself . .
. He is the defender of the Holy Church, which is truly the House of God
and the Kingdom of God on earth.”
WORDS OF ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI
“Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph,
that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard him as the
advocate of the dying who had honored him during their life, and that for
“First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a
father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that
of any other Saint.
“Second, because St. Joseph has obtained special power against the evil
spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigor at the hour of death.
“Third, the assistance given St. Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary
obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his
servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only
help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and
The above is taken from the booklet “Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph”
(http://olrl.org/books/joseph.shtml) which is available for $2.25.
“Prayer and Consecration to St. Joseph” prayer card
(http://olrl.org/pray/joseph.shtml) is available for 3¢ ea.
Also, we are now offering a “Better” Brown Scapular
(http://olrl.org/sacramental/brownscapular.shtml) and since we have a good
supply of these there is no purchase limit. They are sold in packages of 10
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Sincerely in Christ,
Our Lady of the Rosary Library
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