Allocutio delivered by Rev. Fr. Denis Odur, Spiritual Director of Lira Comitium
Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis - Patris Corde
From the Spiritual Reading that was taken from Pope Francis’encyclical, Patris Code, Pope Francis stresses more on the Father’s heart that St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary had.
This apostolic letter of Pope Francis was given by Pope Francis in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Church by Pope Pius IX.
It should be remembered that Pope Pius XII instituted the Feast of St. Joseph, the workman that is celebrated on 1st May.
Pope John Paul II described St. Joseph in the Encyclical, Redemptoris Custos as the Guardian of the Redeemer.
St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary often goes unnoticed but has done great work in interceding for the Church.
St. Joseph as a family head faced challenges like the pregnancy of Mary to whom he was betrothed but it is in this challenge that we see his courageous faith by accepting to the angels words and taking on Mary.
When Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus, it was a great challenge for St. Joseph to take on the Angel’s message to walk a long distance to secure the life of Jesus.
With the challenges we face in our families, we need to look up to St. Joseph and ask for his intercession.
The feasts of St. Joseph are 19th March and 1st May (St. Joseph, the worker).
Let’s pray through St. Joseph as an intercessor to protect us amidst the fear of CoVID-19.
Click here to read Pope Francis’ encyclical Patris Corde.