in the heart of the
The Pope John
Paul II, dedicated to Saint Joseph one
of the main altars of Saint Peter's Basilica in
Rome. In his apostolic exhortation "Redemptoris
custos" he wrote (15/08/89), the following:
"I desire vividly that the present memory of Saint Joseph's figure renovates
in us the intensity of prayer that one century ago, my predecessor
Leon XIII recommended to direct to him."
and the very figure of
Saint Joseph acquire a renewed presence for the Church of our time, in
relationship with the Christian Millennium."
of JOHN PAUL II
Saint Joseph, with you and by your mediation we bless the Lord. He has
chosen you among all men to be the chaste husband of Mary, he who
is by the doors of the mystery of her maternity and that, after her, accepts
it with faith, like the work of the Holy Spirit.
have given Jesus a legal paternity in the genealogy of David. You continually
have watched with affectionate application over the Mother and the Child
God, to make that their lives were sure and they could fulfill their missions.
has deigned to accept you as a father, during his childhood and adolescence
and to receive from you the teachings for human life, while you shared
His life in the adoration of His mystery.
Now you live
with Him. Please continue protecting the whole Church family born
of the salvation brought by Jesus. Look at the spiritual and materials
needs of all those that seek your intercession.
the families and particularly the poor: for your mediation they are
sure of obtaining Mary's maternal look and Jesus' hand that aids them.