Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became a man.
Blessed Joseph to us too show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage and defend us from every evil.
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St Joseph pray for us
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Go to Joseph; what he says to you do (Gen 41:55)
The St Joseph’s Missionary Society of Mill Hill is simply one out of many religious Institutes Confraternities and ecclesial groups inspired by his spirituality and bearing his name. These, and the many churches worldwide dedicated to him, are testimony to the sense of Joseph’s fatherhood felt everywhere in the universal Church.
Even though the above scripture quote refers to Joseph of Egypt in the Book of Genesis nevertheless the phrase Go to Joseph expresses the sense of trust that out of famine will come plenty, out of despair will come hope and out of the messiness of human history will come the assurance of God’s continued presence in our lives.
Where did that man (Jesus) get all that wisdom? (Matt 13:54)
Not only is Joseph a loving father for the whole Church but he is also a tender, caring father to Gods Son, Jesus. Such was his care for him that Jesus increased in wisdom in stature and in favour with God and with people (Luke 2:52) In time the model of Joseph’s fatherhood would become the template for God’s Fatherhood. Joseph’s solid and faithful coaching and mentoring of the young Jesus would have nurtured the kind of wisdom that the people in the synagogue would have marvelled at as Jesus began his public ministry. Joseph’s model of earthly Fatherhood shaped Jesus’ own understanding and teaching of God’s Fatherhood as intimate loving caring and forgiving
St Joseph help us to experience God as a loving caring Father.