The deeper and hidden Saint Joseph


…we acquire a conviction: Mary would want her husband to be better known. She told St Teresa how her devotion to Joseph was a source of joy for her. She expresses herself in the same way to Monsieur Olier: ‘The Most Blessed Virgin gave me this great saint as a patron Saint, assuring me that he was the protector of hidden souls and adding these words about him:’I have nothing dearer to me in heaven and on earth next to my son….Joseph is a saint God has wished to keep hidden during his life and of whom he has reserved the inner preoccupations for himself alone, without sharing them with the external cares of the Church, a saint that God has manifested in the bottom of hearts and for whom he himself has inspired veneration in souls.’ – – Andrew Doze ‘Saint Joseph Shadow of the Father’



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