Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 26 March

Saint JosephOctave Day of Saint Joseph

On the one side the life of Saint Joseph is in touch with family life in the ordinary sense, and on the other with that of the great family of the Church. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, Mary is its type, its model, its honor and its hope. In providing for Jesus and Mary and protecting them from danger, Saint Joseph is the model for the pastors of the Church, when they are instructing little children, when preaching the Word and distributing the Bread of the Holy Eucharist, as also when they console the afflicted, or preserve from evil souls in danger of being lost. Saint Joseph has a special power with God to obtain for them, as well as for the faithful laity, the particular graces of their vocation. It was for this reason that Pius IX, to the great joy of all Christians, declared the holy patriarch Patron of the Universal Church, thus granting the prayer addressed to Adrian VI by Father Isidore Isolani, O.P., when he dedicated to him in 1522 his work on the Gifts of Saint Joseph: “Most Holy Father, command the Church to observe in honor of Saint Joseph joyous and solemn annual feasts, celebrated with great devotion.” Benedict XIV and Father Patrignani have greatly praised this work.

Prayer

Saint Joseph, preserve me from perils of soul and body, but chiefly against temptations to want of submission to superiors and to Divine Providence.

Practice

Pray before an altar or image of Saint Joseph for those who have the care of souls in the Church.