Today begins the ninth to Saint Joseph, patron saint of the universal Church

Jasjot Singh

On March 19, the Feast will be celebrated in honor of Saint Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, adoptive father of Jesus and Patron of the universal Church.

Due to his great devotion to the Holy Custodian, Pope Francis dedicated a Year to Saint Joseph between 2020 and 2021, on the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as Universal Patron of the Church.

In the general audience on February 16, in which he concluded his reflections on Saint Joseph, complementary to his letter Patris corde (Father’s Heart), the Holy Father said that “the Christian is, we can say, like Saint Joseph”.

“You must protect. Being a Christian means not only receiving faith but also protecting life. One’s own life, the life of others and the life of the Church. The Son of the Most High came into the world in a condition of great weakness. Jesus was born that way, weak.

Jesus, the Pope continued, “has wanted to be defended, protected and cared for. God trusted Joseph just like Mary, who found in him her husband who loved and respected her and who always took care of her and the Child”.

“In this sense, Saint Joseph cannot stop being the Custodian of the Church, because the Church is the prolongation of the Body of Christ in history”.

“At the same time in the motherhood of the Church the motherhood of Mary is eclipsed. Joseph, by continuing to protect the Church, continues to protect the Child and his mother, and we too, by loving the Church, continue to love the Child and his mother”.

Close to his party, we share the Novena in honor of the Holy Custodian of the Holy Family:

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