"A DOUBLE PORTION OF THEIR SPIRIT"
BADGES OF THE SCAPULARS OF CARMEL AND SAINT JOSEPH AS DISTRIBUTED BY THE SERVANTS OF MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, SYDNEY. AUSTRALIA.
THAT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN SAID BY SAINT JOSEPH OF HIS VIRGIN SPOUSE, MARY
WOVEN ON THE LOOMS OF HEAVEN
CHOSEN BY HEAVEN
brings to realization in full freedom
the “Spousal Gift of Self”
Joseph and Mary are the summit
from which Holiness spreads all over the earth”
Pope John Paul II – “Guardian of the Redeemer”
para 7 quoting Pope Paul VI
searched for from my youth.
I resolved to have Her as my Bride.
I fell in love with her Beauty.”
The great Saint Augustine, doctor of the Church spoke wonderful words regarding the Marriage of Mary and Joseph and in particular the power of Joseph's 'Fiat' so rarely considered.
"St Augustine believed that because of the sublimity of the Marriage which united Mary and St Joseph, the Holy Spirit made their Virginity produce a single moral entity, and, of their individual Persons, a single moral Person, based upon their individually perfect virginities, and that Jesus was, therefore, given to BOTH of them though Mary conceived and generated Jesus from her Virginal state, it was nevertheless under the circumstances, only thanks to Joseph that it was possible for Him to be born." (St Augustine's Sermon 51 de Concord - mat et Luc - Chapter 20 n. 30)
"In view of the uniqueness of the Mystery of the Incarnation it is easily forgotten that there was here a superior and transcendent fecundity with which the Holy Spirit blessed St Joseph because of the latter's admirable virginity."
"Joseph's Fatherhood is Virginal just as Mary's Motherhood is Virginal - and finally he (St Augustine) goes on to say that he was more definitely a father as he was a chaste father." (Serm 51., Chap 16, 20)
"Therewith Jesus filled Joseph's heart with paternal Love so that from the depths of His otherwise tranquil soul there now bust forth an ocean of most tender and humble love, a Love like that of the Heavenly Father."