enduring a hard illness and big and grievous spiritual tests, Saint
Joseph perceived that the end
of his terrestrial life was very close.
He could also perceive as the angels
charmingly invited his blessed soul to leave and rest in the bosom of Abraham.
The living flame of love that blazed in the center of his
heart consumed him slowly; suddenly a strong impulse took him to heaven,
there he was during hours in intimate and loving conversation with God,
who show him and made him participate of the delights of Paradise. After
that he could speak with Jesus and with Mary who were to his side. He begged them with immense fondness
to forgive him all the deficiencies that he had had during his life. He thanked
them for all the love that they had given him and for the patience they endured
He expressed his immense gratitude for all the attention
that they had given him during his long and painful illness. Finally he thanked
with great fervor to his Dear
Son, the Savior, for what had already
suffered and for what would suffer in the future when carrying out el Great Work of the Redemption. And as a sign of his deep love for his wife, full with
faith, he entrusted Her to the care of Her Divine
Son. He looked at her with love, but also with
the great anguish and pains that she would have to support during the death
of the Savior.
Thereupon, Jesus Himself confirmed him as PATRON and PROTECTOR
of the DYING, and the Saint renewed once more his
acceptance of this office, humbly he had made this task all his life, attending
with love to all the needful. The fire of DIVINE
love in his heart began to be more and more intense.
The hardships and pains increased and he entered this way in the last agony,
directed his eyes as always to heaven, then lowered them slowly and
noticed those of Jesus and Mary, and he found great comfort in this contemplation.
Jesus was always at his side, He took Joseph's hands among His and
spoke to him of the Glory, of the Love and of the Generosity of the Celestial Father. These words penetrated deeply in the soul of the moribund
Joseph and inflamed even more his love for God. The end had arrived. The
invited the blessed soul of Joseph to leave his body, He took it in His sacred hands and
trusted it to the angels who escorted it into LIMBO.
San Joseph was 61 years old in the moment of his death. The
news scattered all over NAZARETH. Friends and neighbors that always recognized Jose
as a holy man and of sublime virtues, accompanied his family during the funeral
and deeply affected they cried his departure.
When Jesus resuscitated
on the third day He went down the LIMBO and took all the souls that were confined there.
The soul of Joseph was glorified and for the power and will of God he met with his body that
still remained in scent of sanctity. Joseph made his ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN, next
to * his * SON at
the time of the Ascension. Now the Saint occupies in virtue of his virginity
and of the great heart purity a very distinguished throne near Christ and very near the one occupied by the QUEEN of Angels and of
Joseph enjoys in Heaven
a glory that is indescribable and that surpasses the one of all the other
saints. He is our intercessor to God, especially for the moribund
ones. God grants
big graces to those that request them through Saint Jose,
and let him help the heart-stricken and oppressed, since he has had to support
so many tribulations in this world. He obtains graces for all but * very
especially * for those that love him and feel devotion for him. The outcome is wonderful !!!!.
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Free interpreted excerpts
from the book * Life of Saint Joseph * of M.C. Baij published by
The 101 Foundation
Inc. ISBN: 1-890137-01-4 (Imprimatur: Most Reverend Raymond E.
Goedert, MA, S.T.L. J.C.L. General Vicar, Archdiocese of
Chicago, February 10, 1997)