Saint Joseph: a model for the Baptized,
our guide on the path of Holiness.
Hail, Joseph, full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among all men,
And blessed is your foster Child, Jesus.
Holy Joseph, guardian of the Son of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death.
For us Christians, Saint Joseph is the model of our vocation as baptized people.
When we received the unction of the chrism, the Church asked us to live as Jesus: as ” Priests, Prophets and Kings “.
Being a priest (the ‘priesthood’ or sacerdoce of the baptised and the ministerial sacerdoce)
A living Church is a sacerdotal people who devote the world itself to God : since our baptism we can participate in the sacraments and especially offer the Body and the Blood of Jesus to our Heavenly Father during the Eucharist.
Being a prophet:
announcing the Word of God often through our silence and our example.
Being a King in the Way Jesus was :
a King of Love.This is what Jesus required from us : “I give you a new law: Have love one for another; even as I have had love for you, so are you to have love one for another.” (John 13, 24). Joseph did not know the Cross but he prepared Jesus by his human life to achieve his love for the Father and his brothers.
In this shrine at Lourdes, to which the Christians of the whole world have turned their gaze since the Virgin Mary caused hope and love to shine here by giving pride of place to the sick, the poor and the little ones, we are invited to discover the simplicity of our vocation:
IT IS ENOUGH TO LOVE *
(quote from Pope Benedict’s homilia- Lourdes 13.09.2008)
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( * It is the answer which Bernadette made to an eminent member of the clergy who had questioned her about the best way to live one’s Christian life -ndlr)
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Almighty and ever loving Father, You who love every man, we pray You to help us in our weakness as we are celebrating Mary, the Immaculate Virgin and Mother of God. Grant us, by her intercession, to be healed from our sins. We pray You in the name of your beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
On March 25th, 1858, day of the sixteenth apparition (Mary will eventually appear 18th times), Bernadette goes to the Grotto where, on the initiative of abbot Peyramale, priest of Lourdes , she asks ” the Lady ” to say her name. By three times, Bernadette asks the question. At the fourth request, ” the Lady ” answers her in local dialect : “Que soy era Immaculada Counceptiou“, that means in English ” I am the Immaculate Conception “. Bernadette did not understand immediately the meaning of this word. The Immaculate Conception, as defined by the Church, is ” Mary conceived without sin, thanks to the merits of the Cross of the Christ ” (définition of the dogma promulgated in 1854). Bernadette goes immediately to the Priest’s to tell him ” the Lady’s name “. He understands immediately that it is the Mother of God who appears in the Grotto.
Four years after the Apparitions, on 18th January 1862, the Bishop of Tarbes recognises the Apparitions as authentic in the name of the Church.
Some other quotes of what Mary said to Bernadette :
Would you do me the kindness of coming here for 15 days?”
I do not promise to make you happy in this world but in the other.”
“Go to the spring, drink of it and wash yourself there”.
Go, tell the priests to come here in procession and build a chapel here.”
The Lady says her name: “Que soy era Immaculada Counceptiou”
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Rejoice, Tree of life. Rejoice, the spring of grace and immortality, the fountain sealed by the Holy Spirit.Rejoice, the protector of the afflicted, the delivery from the curse, you through whom JOY was revealed to the world.
Strong is your power over the One who arose from you, Jesus-Christ, the Son of the Living God.Rejoice, you are my strength in my weakness, my wealth in my poverty, my relief in my pain.
Fulfill my prayer, ô You, mere Joy for each of us !
Because you are the smile of God, the reflection of the light of Christ, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, Because you chose Bernadette in her lowliness, because you are the morning star, the gate of heaven and the first creature to experience the resurrection,
Our Lady of Lourdes, with our brothers and sisters whose hearts and bodies are in pain, we pray to you!
Pope Benedict XVI
The Second Vatican Council presented Mary as the figure in whom the entire mystery of the Church is typified (cf. Lumen Gentium, 63-65). Her personal journey outlines the profile of the Church, which is called to be just as attentive to those who suffer as she herself was.