St. Faustina and the Year of St. Joseph

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one.

Do you have a devotion to St. Joseph? Saint Faustina sure did. She wrote:

Saint Joseph urged me to have a constant devotion to him. … He looked at me with great kindness and gave me to know how much he is supporting this work [of mercy]. He has promised me … special help and protection. (1203)

We know that St. Faustina frequently heard directly from Jesus and the Blessed Mother. But it seems that sometimes, she received visits from St. Joseph, too. This makes sense, because St. Joseph spent his life beside Christ and the Blessed Mother. He’s the most powerful intercessor we could go to, next to the Blessed Mother. So, St. Faustina implored his help and protection. 

If you turn to St. Joseph, as St. Faustina did, he promises you special help and protection, too. Why? Saint Joseph’s job was protecting the Holy Family. In his apostolic letter Patris Corde, Pope Francis said:

[E]very poor, needy, suffering or dying person, every stranger, every prisoner, every infirm person is “the child” whom Joseph continues to protect. For this reason, Saint Joseph is invoked as protector of the unfortunate, the needy, exiles, the afflicted, the poor and the dying. 

Saint Joseph is also known as the Patron of the Universal Church, the Pillar of Families, the Hope of the Sick, the, Patron of Workers, and the Terror of Demons. Scripture says that Jesus was “obedient” to His parents on earth. That’s why the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph are such powerful intercessors. Jesus listens to them!

This year, the Church celebrates a “Year of St. Joseph.” This means that the Church is calling us to learn more about St. Joseph throughout the year. If you haven’t already, consider consecrating yourself to Jesus through St. Joseph. If you begin the book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, on Feb. 15, you’ll finish the consecration on March 19, St. Joseph’s feast day. 

So make it your goal this year to grow closer to St. Joseph in prayer. He will protect and support you just as he helped the Holy Family and St. Faustina. 

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Turn to any page of St. Faustina's Diary, and you'll find spiritual gems. 

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one: