Promises of Devotion to the Most Chaste Heart of Saint Joseph
Revealed at the approved apparitions of Itapiranga, Brazil
"Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you" - Gn 41:55.
How great is St. Joseph? How powerful is his intercession? How important is it that we turn to him with our prayers? Let's listen to some testimonies from saints, popes, and miserable me.
First, we have the testimony of the Catholic Church's "Doctor of prayer," St. Teresa of Avila, regarding "the glorious St. Joseph":
I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to the glorious St Joseph, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I do not remember that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which he has delivered me, both in body and in soul.
To other saints, the Lord seems to have given grace to help us in some of our necessities. But my experience is that St Joseph helps us in them all; also that the Lord wishes to teach us that, as he was himself subject on earth to St. Joseph, so in heaven he now does all that Joseph asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to the saint. ...
I only request, for the love of God, whoever will not believe me will test the truth of what I say, for he will see by experience how great a blessing it is to recommend oneself to this glorious patriarch and to be devout to him.
Now that's one amazing testimony! I'm particularly moved by that last line, that challenge St. Teresa puts to us "to test the truth" of what she says. I affirm with this great mystic and Doctor of the Church that anyone who turns to St. Joseph will not be disappointed.
Other Doctors of the Church point to St. Joseph's greatness. For example, St. Francis de Sales highlights his almost unsurpassed holiness: "Although it is true that Mary possessed every virtue in a higher degree than is attainable by any other pure creature, yet it is quite certain that the glorious St. Joseph was the being that approached most nearly to that perfection."
Also, so many popes have happily thrown in their own sublime praise of the "Just Man" of the New Testament. Blessed Pius IX declared him the "patron of the Universal Church," which is a title above and beyond that given to any other saint in history, except for Mary. Leo XIII confirms of St. Joseph that "there is no doubt he approached nearer than any other to that superabundant dignity of hers." Pius XI even speaks of his "all-powerful intercession" (through his relationship to Jesus and Mary) of the true head of the Holy Family:
These apparitions were approved by Bishop Dom Carillo Gritti on January 31, 2010. The messages of Itapiranga contain 10 promises to those who are devoted to the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph. Jesus, Mary and Joseph disclose these promises for the benefit of the whole Church. The Feast of the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph is to be celebrated on the first Wednesday after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I - St Joseph:I promise to all that honor this Most Chaste Heart of mine, and who do here on earth good deeds in favor of the most needy, especially of the sick and dying for whom I am a consoler and protector, to receive in their last moment of their lives the grace of a good death. I myself will be to these souls their petitioner to my Son Jesus and, together with my spouse, Most Holy Mary, we will console them in their last hours here on earth with our holy presence, and they will rest in the peace of our Hearts.
II - St. Joseph:I promise to all the faithful that honor my Most Chaste Heart with faith and love, the grace to live with holy purity of soul and body and the strength to resist all attacks and temptations by the Devil. I myself will preciously protect you.
III - St. Joseph: I promise to intercede before God for those who come to me, honoring this Heart of mine. I will give them the graces to be able to resolve the most difficult problems and urgent necessities, that to the eyes of man seem impossible, but that, through my intercession to God, will be possible.
IV - St. Joseph:I promise all who will trust in my Most Chaste Heart, devoutly honoring it, the grace to be consoled by me in their greatest afflictions of the soul and in the danger of judgment, when by misfortune lose divine grace because of their grave sins. To these sinners, who have recourse to me, I promise the graces of my Heart for the purpose of amendment, of repentance and of sincere contrition of their sins.
V - St. Joseph:To all who honor this Heart of mine and trust in me and in my intercession, I promise they will not be abandoned in their difficulties and in the trials of life. I will ask Our Lord to help them with his Divine Providence in their material and spiritual problems.
VI – St. Joseph: Mothers and fathers – consecrate yourselves to my Heart, likewise your families, and you will receive my help in your afflictions and problems. Just as I brought up the Son of the Most Hight in his holy laws, I will assist you with the upbringing and education of your children. I will help all fathers and mothers that consecrate their children to me, to bring them up with love in the holy laws of God, so they may find the secure road to salvation.
VII – St. Joseph: So then, my son, tell all those that honor this Chaste Heart of mine they will receive the grace of my protection from all evils and dangers. For those who surrender to me will not be slaughtered by misfortunes, by wars, hunger, by diseases and other calamities, they will have my Heart as a refuge for their protection. Here, in my Heart, all will be protected against the divine justice in the days that will come. All who consecrate themselves to my Heart, honoring it, they will be looked upon by my Son Jesus with eyes of mercy. Jesus will pour out his love and will take to the glory of his Kingdom all those I put in my Heart.
VIII – St. Joseph: All those who propagate the devotion to my Heart, and practice it with love, have the certainty of having their names engraved on it just as my Son Jesus' cross and the "M" of Mary are engraved on it, as formed by wounds. This also applies for all priests whom I love with predilection. The priests who have a devotion to my Heart and spread it will have the grace of touching the most hardened hearts and convert obstinate sinners.
IX – Our Lady: All who honor the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph will benefit with my maternal presence in their lives in a special way. I will be at the side of each son and daughter of mine, helping and comforting them with a mothers' Heart, just as I helped and comforted my Most Chase Spouse Joseph in this world. To those who ask of his Heart with trust, I promise to intercede before the Eternal Father, my Divine Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I will obtain for them, from God, the grace to reach perfect sanctity in the virtues of St. Joseph, this way reaching the perfect love in which he lived. Men will learn to love my Son Jesus and myself with the same love as my Most Chaste Spouse Joseph, receiving the most pure love from our Hearts.
X – Our Lord Jesus Christ: All who will honor my Virginal Father Joseph's Most Chaste Heart, will receive at the hour of death the grace to resist the schemes of the enemy of salvation, receiving victory and the deserved recompense in the Kingdom of my Heavenly Father. Those who devoutly honor this Chaste Heart in this world have the certainty of receiving great glory in Heaven. The devoted souls of my Virginal Father Joseph will benefit from the beatific vision of the Holy Trinity and will have the profound knowledge of the One Triune God, the thrice Holy. They will enjoy the presence of my Heavenly Mother and my Virginal Father Joseph in the heavenly Kingdom. These souls will be loved by the Holy Trinity and by my Holy Mother Mary and will encircle the Most Chaste Heart of my Virginal Father Joseph like the most beautiful of lilies.
Venerable Maria de Agreda:I have discovered that the Most High accorded to St. Joseph, because of his great sanctity, certain privileges in favor of those who choose him for their intercessor, and who invoke him with devotion... I entreat all the faithful children of the Holy Church to have a great devotion for this great saint, and to be persuaded that they will become sensible of the favorable effects of his protection, if they will dispose themselves worthily to merit and to receive them.
Read the PRIVILEGES OF DEVOTION TO ST JOSEPH revealed by Venerable Maria de Agreda,
The first is, to obtain the virtue of chastity, and to be withdrawn from the danger of losing it; the second, to receive powerful assistance to be freed from sin and to recover the grace of God ; the third, to acquire, by his means, devotion for our Blessed Lady, and dispositions to receive her favors ; the fourth, to obtain a happy death and a special protection against the demons at this last hour ; the fifth, to intimidate the enemies of our salvation by pronouncing the name of St. Joseph ; the sixth, to obtain health of body and consolation in affliction; the seventh privilege to have, by his intercession, successors in families.
God grants all these favors, and many more to those who ask for them as they ought, in the name of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin ; and I entreat all the faithful children of the Holy Church to have a great devotion for this great saint, and to be persuaded that they will become sensible of the favorable effects of his protection, if they will dispose themselves worthily to merit and to receive them.