Did you know that each month has a traditional Catholic devotion? This year, let’s focus on each devotion month-by-month to grow in our faith and traditions! Make yourself notes, write it on your calendar, and pray a specific prayer each day of the month to remember. You could use a prayer already associated with the devotion or pray a personal one.
Traditionally, Wednesdays are the weekday devoted to St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his (movable) feast day is March 19. If you know much about St. Joseph, it’s time to learn more because the entire month of March is also traditionally dedicated to him.
In 1889, Pope Leo XIII gave us Quamquam Pluries (On Devotion to St. Joseph), which reads: “Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will learn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labor. As to workmen, artisans, and persons of lesser degree, their recourse to Joseph is a special right, and his example is for their particular imitation. For Joseph, of royal blood, united by marriage to the greatest and holiest of women, reputed the father of the Son of God, passed his life in labor, and won by the toil of the artisan the needful support of his family.”
There is much to say and yet not much to say about our holy, hardworking patriarchal saint. The Bible does not expound on his life to great extent, and we only read about him for a short time in the Gospel stories. He, like Mary during the Annunciation of Our Lord (March 25 Feast Day), humbly accepted messages from God with an open heart. This is not because he is insignificant. He followed God’s Will so greatly that the silence is telling.
Glorifying God with your life does not require fame and fortune. We are not all called to be sought-after speakers and renowned theologians. Even as humble tradespeople, we glorify God.
- How does this strong and silent saint relate to you?
- What about his humility in the bible and traditional stories of him inspire in you?
- How can you follow his example to be a better follower of Christ, as a man or woman?
- Where in your life do you feel the need for spiritual fatherhood?
- Where in others’ lives can you be a spiritual parent where they need one?
- How do you celebrate this month’s feasts both with humility and being proud to be a part of the Catholic Church? Don’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day!
Challenge: This month consider reading the whole document or another writing about St. Joseph. Choose at least one prayer or devotion such as the thirty-day prayer, a simple prayer to pray each day this month ), the miraculous white cord of St. Joseph devotion is also known as St. Joseph’s Cinctures/Cords, or consecration. If you are considering Holy Orders, perhaps check out the Josephites. Men are encouraged to look into the ministry of the Fathers of St. Joseph.
Litany of St. Joseph
|Lord, have mercy.|
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.Jesus, hear us.God, the Father of Heaven,
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Renowned offspring of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most strong,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world.
He made him the lord of his household.
|Lord, have mercy.|
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.Jesus, graciously hear us.
Have mercy on us.
spare us, O Lord.
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us
And prince over all his possessions.
|Let us pray, — O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever.|
Saint Joseph, pray for us.