Apr. 25, 2020

Saint Joseph Implores for the Bread of the Soul

I find myself with Saint Joseph. He tells me:

“Dear friends, I come to say a word to your hearts which love the Mother and her adorable Son. Give this father a small bit of love also.”

--Saint Joseph, we want to very much but on condition that you grant us one grace.

“I cannot refuse anything; I am generous, but I want to be loved.”

--If you grant us this request, this is the way to be. Great Saint Joseph, we have prayed to you with all possible fervour, but if you do not grant anything – see how you are surrounded by flowers in our homes and the Holy Virgin does not have any – if you refuse us the most necessary graces, be sure that we will put you in penance outside our homes.

“I am well contented here and with all my friends.”

--It is your business. If you do not give any graces, you will leave all houses. It is not generous for our part, but it is our promise. Now, do as you would wish.

“I do not want to leave; I love to give more.”

--You are rich: you have all of Heaven.

“Yes, and I have been well prayed to by noble hearts of the Cross, by ministers who, each morning, immolate the Lamb that I carried in my arms.”

--You have to give something as a reward.

“The most-beloved Son and the Mother of Love are again richer.”

--Yes, good Saint, but you also are rich in graces. You are our grandfather. A grandfather who well loves his grandchildren; he removes them from under the blows when anyone wants to hit them.

“I will refuse nothing when the Saint of saints will give me His treasure.”

--If you do not give anything, Saint Joseph, we will love you, but not as much.

“I promise to assist you at the hour of death and to make you triumph in your combats.”

--Thank you!... As you know very well, we need something else.

“It is tomorrow that Holy Church celebrates my feast day.”

--We will pray to you.

“My children, let me know more.”

--On condition that you will give us the grace.

“I promise to console you.”

(18 March 1880)

[Source:  pp. 123-4, Le Ciel en Colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, in translation.

Reflection on the prophecy:

While the conversation during this ecstasy does not make the topic clear, Father Roberdel’s title here clarifies that the subject is the grace to receive our Lord Jesus Christ body, blood, soul, and divinity in Holy Communion.

Marie-Julie was denied Holy Communion for 11 years while she and her ecstasies and messages were being investigated.

Her first bishop was much kinder, he believed that her messages were from God.

It is due to this bishop’s holiness that half of Nantes, where he had the seat of his diocese, will be spared from devastation during the 3 Days of Darkness.

The bishop who followed after his death was not so holy, and Marie-Julie underwent 11 years without the Blessed Sacrament until Holy Mother Church approved her ecstasies and messages.

Today, we are also being put through a time of trial without the Holy Sacraments, and, like Marie-Julie, our souls hunger for the Blessed Sacrament, the food of our souls.

This ecstasy is the result of Marie-Julie's supplications to Saint Joseph to intercede for her so that she may receive the Blessed Sacrament once again.

We too have Saint Joseph to go to with this same petition. His intercession is powerful for these times.

Do not doubt it!

Look at what Saint Joseph promises:

“I promise to assist you at the hour of death and to make you triumph in your combats.”

“I promise to console you.”

This is all that we need – to die holy deaths, and to be consoled during our suffering.

Yes, it is hard to go without the Blessed Sacrament and holy absolution for so long. Yes.

But we must be soldiers.

Our love for Christ our Lord and our Blessed Mother must be tough.

Our love for the Truth must be tough.

I have a sister in Christ who loves the Roman Catholic author J. R. R. Tolkien. This week, she shared her favourite quote:

“ ‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ ” said Frodo.

“ ‘So do I,’ ” said Gandolf, “ ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’ ” – J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

All we have to do is resist any evil compromises, be careful of what is put into our bodies, and live purely for the sake of our minds and souls, in communion with the Holy Father during his and Holy Mother Church’s Exile.

Pray to Saint Joseph to guide you. He is strong for these times!

Prayer in a Difficult Problem

O Glorious Saint Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress. Take this important and difficult affair under thy particular protection, that it may end happily.  (Name your request).

O dear Saint Joseph, all our confidence is in thee. Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that thy goodness equals thy power. Amen.

Saint Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

[Source: Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph, TAN Publishing, ISBN:  0-889555-610-3. The beautiful picture of the Exile into Egypt is from page 23 of this same book.]

Saint Joseph, most faithful helper in the plan of Redemption, pray for us!

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