Dear Blessed Joseph,
have loved and depended on you
God knows what we need.
You were Mary’s and the
Messiah’s protection, their guidance, their constant source of love.
from all eternity,
so God must have been preparing and making preparations for
He knew who you would be before you
came into being…
the Immaculate Conception and Jesus worthily
as Mary’s true spouse and Jesus’ true earthly father…
in order to live a life that was no longer his own,
but one that was
lived only for the Child and His Mother.
Living only to serve, love, nurture and protect them…
angel revealed to her that her Child would be the Savior, the Son of the Most
she was so alone on this earth.
needed a provider, a man who would love and understand her and her Child.
God tells us it is not good for us to be
alone, so in His providence,
He made the two of you for each other,
knowing the depth of your souls before they existed.
is the source of all goodness and Who is LOVE Himself.
Mary carried and whom you provided for,
Who came to redeem us and set us free.
the Source of all Wisdom and Understanding, the Advocate,
filled you both with unfathomable Strength and Courage.
you both had to walk in the
shining His light ever so slowly –
to the extent we can understand…
little by little guiding us in faith and trust.
and how God must have
expanded your mind and heart to grow each moment of the days
spent both in blessed preparation for and
in communion with the Savior.
Your Savior and your Child.
and your mutual love
for one another…
an old man, a widower,
with other children…
to have been entrusted with this
vibrant man –
your capacity—which expanded increasingly through your life.
completely consumed with the love of her God.
love of God and
thus, sought only His will for your life and your love together…
so she must have loved you for these same virtues.
with all your heart, mind, power and strength.
How you must have spoken with Mary of her call to perpetual
virginity and total consecration of herself with the Father before your
heart and mind and soul regarding this… it wouldn’t have been a true
call with you,
which we recognize in her question posed to the Angel Gabriel:
“How can this be as I know not man?”
She never considered this Child would be a
fruit of your marital union,
for you had both given of yourselves completely to
offering up the sexual expression of marriage for a completely selfless
and all consuming love of your God that He had called both of you to embrace.
How you must have readily agreed and embraced this call of God in Mary’s life and how it must have echoed a similar call of full consecration and complete gift of yourself to God in your own soul.
was with Child.
I don’t accept that you
ever questioned Mary’s purity and faithfulness.
Instead, I’m sure that as a faithful Jew, you knew and held fast to the
prophecies of a virgin conceiving the Messiah…
this great promise.
But, you struggled because God had not
shared this plan with you…
and supposing that God must have wanted Mary to be His Bride alone,
because all this had
taken place without your knowledge, without your consent.
be her husband.
up your great love of Mary and bow out of the betrothal quietly, so God could
have his way.
God was testing your selflessness…
was in Mary.
moment of the day as we all do.
your will was humble and so united with His own,
that it was empty enough to be
filled beyond our understanding.
ego, jealousy, your rights or a pursuit of worldly honors or possessions…
could grow in virtue… so you could grow in faith…
discernment of God’s will.
You must have
prayed and sought Him so diligently to understand and pursue Mary as your
have reasoned your ways and your discernment must not be what God truly wanted…
betrothed back to God,
knowing He does all things well and wanting only His
will and not your own.
appeared in a dream,
saying “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.”
God had chosen you to be part of His
plan to save the world!
daughter in your hands…
how He counted you worthy of raising and protecting His
prayers were coming true!
longing was being realized!!!
all your life was on His way
be a father to HIM!!!!!
must have meant to you.
selflessness you must have tried to care for Mary and your Child…
but so much
was beyond your control…
the rough travel, the cold, and the ultimate
deprivation of not even being able to secure a safe place in which the Savior
was to be born…
No matter your striving,
how much deprivation you must have experienced in your long journey through the desert and in a foreign land.
Ancient Egyptian histories speak of you and Mary and the infant Jesus wandering for four years,
during this exile …
never staying in any one place longer than six months at a time…
always needing to escape again from Herod or needing to avoid bandits
or searching for food or water or shelter …
How often the Father asked you to walk by faith into the darkness of His Will and His poverty.
And yet, how immeasurably rich you were and are…
for you held the Lord of all your longing, and He looked to you as his earthly father…
and the chosen one, the greatest masterpiece of the human race was your beloved spouse and the Mother of God!
God has in store for you..
how ever He calls you.
as you love
God the Father,
His Son, your
the Holy Spirit, the Espoused of your bride,
and the beautiful woman, Mary, whom He entrusted to your love, your care and
O dear St. Joseph, pray for us and for our families!
See here for more incredible insights about St. Joseph: 10 of the Most Beautiful and Profound Revelations Ever Given of St. Joseph – Our Lady of America Messages Part V
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the 16th century, prophesied:
“the sound of victory when the faithful recognize the sanctity of St.
Joseph…The Lord will let His light shine, He will lift
the veil, and great men will search out the interior gifts of God that
are hidden in St. Joseph; they will find in him a priceless treasure,
the like of which they had never found in other saints of the Old
Testament. We are inclined to believe that toward the end of time, God
will overwhelm St. Joseph with glorious honor. If in the past ages
during the storms of persecution, these honors could not be shown to St.
Joseph, we must conclude that they have been reserved for later times.
At some future time, the feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated as one
of the greatest feasts. The Vicar of Christ, inspired by the Holy
Spirit, will order this feast to be celebrated in the Universal Church.”
2 thoughts on “Dearest St. Joseph, Beloved and Irreplaceable Gift to Jesus and Mary”
Janet, the depth of your writing is so insightful and eloquent. Thank you for sharing and instructing us on the life of Joseph. Karen
Thank you so much Karen!!! God bless you!