Patris Corde: Conclusion and Final Intercession

Let’s wrap up Patris Corde starting with some Scripture:

“Get up, take the child and his mother” (Matthew 2:13), God told Saint Joseph.

The aim of this Apostolic Letter is to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

Indeed, the proper mission of the saints is not only to obtain miracles and graces, but to intercede for us before God, like Abraham [Cf. Genesis 18:23-32] and Moses [Cf. Exodus 17:8-13; 32:30-35], and like Jesus, the “one mediator” (1 Timothy 2:5), who is our “advocate” with the Father (1 John 2:1) and who “always lives to make intercession for [us]” (Hebrews 7:25; cf. Romans 8:34).

We might recall Abraham’s persistence from last weekend’s reading. It’s a good companion passage to Jesus’ advice in Luke 11: be firm and persistent in prayer, if not tenacious and annoying.

The saints help all the faithful “to strive for the holiness and the perfection of their particular state of life”. [Lumen Gentium 42] Their lives are concrete proof that it is possible to put the Gospel into practice.

Jesus told us: “Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). The lives of the saints too are examples to be imitated. Saint Paul explicitly says this: “Be imitators of me!” (1 Corinthians 4:16). [Cf. 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6] By his eloquent silence, Saint Joseph says the same.

Before the example of so many holy men and women, Saint Augustine asked himself: “What they could do, can you not also do?” And so he drew closer to his definitive conversion, when he could exclaim: “Late have I loved you, Beauty ever ancient, ever new!” [Confessions, VIII, 11, 27: PL 32, 761; X, 27, 38: PL 32, 795]

What might be the most important petition to our saint?

We need only ask Saint Joseph for the grace of graces: our conversion.

Let us now make our prayer to him:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

Given in Rome, at Saint John Lateran, on 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate.

Franciscus

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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