Apostolic Letter about the Year of Saint Joseph
Dec 8, 2020 - Dec 8, 2021
Novena to St Joseph (CDB made)
1. A Beloved Father
2. A Tender and Loving Father
3. An Obedient Father
4. An Accepting Father
5. A Creatively Courageous Father
6. A Working Father
7. A Father in the Shadows
The not-so-long Apostolic Letters ends with a simple invitation to follow St Joseph
according the command in Mathew's Gospel:
'Get up, take the child and his mother' (Mt 2,13). The aim of this Apostolic Letter is to increase our Love for this great Saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal...
Jesus told us: 'Learn from me, for I'm gentle and lowly in heart (Mt 11,29). The lives of the saints too, are examples to be imitated. Saint Paul explicitly says this: 'Be imitators of me!' (1 Cor 4,16). By his eloquent silence, Saint Joseph says the same. Before the example of so many holy men and women, Saint Augustine asked himself: What they could do, can you not also do?"
And so he drew closer to his definitive conversion, when he could exclaim: 'Late have I loved you, Beauty ever ancient, ever new!"
- We need only ask Saint Joseph for the graces of graces: our conversion.
Let us now make our prayer to him:
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 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.