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- The Month of March: St. Joseph, Protector of the Church, and Model of Christians, by Marie de Gentelles, translated by Lady Herbert (London : Burns, Oates, & Co., 1872). With ecclesiastical approval. May be read online, and available in various formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library.
On the Feast of St. Joseph of Nazareth. From the Introduction to the work (pp. 13, 15, 14-15, respectively):
“God seems to have reserved the devotion to St. Joseph for the terrible days of struggle and trial through which we are now passing.
“To us who have the happiness to believe, it is evident that the misfortunes which we deplore to-day are the punishment of our sins”
“Our misfortune is to reverse the order of God’s Providence. We attach great importance to trifling things, neglecting those which are essential. We forget that one thing only is necessary: to work out our own salvation and that of others.”
“Let this, then, be the object of our pious Meditations during these thirty-one days: to seek, in the life of the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, an efficacious remedy for our dissipation of mind and heart; and the way to come back to that holy and happy family life, which is the sole means of regenerating society.”
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. (From Sancta Missa)
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