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New post "...who did not advance greatly in virtue..."
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

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
created natures."
"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."


"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 three reasons:
"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

Let us have great devotion towards the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary

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