when eight days were fulfilled for his circumcision, his name was called
Jesus, the name given Him by the angel before he was conceived in the
womb." (Lk 4: 21)
a great joy to be on intimate terms with Christ and call Him by His name,
Jesus! Joseph is the master who teaches us how to deal confidently with
the Word made flesh.
Teresa of Avila reveals her great love for the glorious patriarch. She
tells us her personal experience: " I took for my advocate and lord
the glorious St. Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found
that this father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also
from other and greater troubles concerning my honor and the loss of my
soul, and that he gave me greater blessings that I could ask of him...I
am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through
this blessed saint...I only beg, for the love of God, that anyone who
does not believe me will put what I say to the test, and he will see by
experience what great advantages come from his commending himself to this
glorious patriarch and having devotion to him. Those who practice prayer
should have a special affection for him always. I do not know how anyone
can think of the Queen of Angels, during the time that she suffered so
much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the
way he helped them." (St. Teresa of Avila, "Autobiography",
follower of the law of God, glorious St. Joseph, the precious blood which
flowed at the circumcision of the Infant Jesus caused your heart to be
pierced, but the name of Jesus gave new life and filled you with peace.
this sorrow and joy, obtain for us that by struggling against the slavery
of all sin, we may die in joy with the most holy name of Jesus in our
hearts and on our lips.
Specifically, I ask that.... (mention in silence the favor asked and pray
one Our Father, One Hail Mary and one Glory Be).