The Medallion of the Apostolate of the New Evangelization
The Great Crusade Of Love
Joseph, the Most Saintly Love
My husband, of whom I had so many proofs of special affection, does not truly recognize the virtues God gave him. But I knew him in the course of many adversities and could always admire the way he faced them. What patience in my Joseph! And what adoration for Jesus! He did not seem to be a father in our little house, but rather, His most faithful disciple since he was the first man who received instruction, guidance, and consolation from Him.
He was a creature full of God, so full that he accepted, bore, and prevailed over the trials that are given to the chosen ones of pure Love. Ah! My husband was greater than a Seraph, higher than Michael, and purer than all the souls that shone, and will shine after me. He put so much care in protecting me from the persecution triggered by Herod. And remember how perseveringly he watched over me, while he could have accused me as a common traitor.
The Joseph who worked as a carpenter is not important, although he did so in an exemplary manner. The great Joseph you must see is as the disciple of Jesus, well hidden but sublime.
Sometimes it is believed that the peace in our little house was fruit of a special grace that the Father gave us, without considering that this peace was not only grace, but also a day-to-day conquest!
You only know the street door of the house, but coming closer, you will see that each step causes fatigue, and no one climbs up without an effort. Because of that, the graces we received were the fruit of our most Holy Son's generous Love, but occurred with full detachment of ourselves; otherwise, what could My Jesus' reward in Heaven be?
Joseph was pure, it is said and this is true, but I wish to add something about his purity. It equals chastity, but my husband's purity had a special fragrance: it was a purity that could and can be very close to mine. It can be represented by a large handfull of irises cultivated in a field surrounded by roses; that is, it was a purity that had for a horizon the most holy love that a husband could nourish for his wife.
If men wanted to, they could be saved from many blemishes by turning to Joseph. It would suffice if they asked him from the bottom of their hearts to shield them from all impurities in order to honor the acts of purity with which he treated me, his wife.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting Monday, 05 March 2001, in the first week of Lent 2001, Scoop began publication of a series of daily reflections on spiritual matters from Bolivian author Katya Rivas. Rivas, has received an official imprimatur from the Catholic Church for several books she says she was instructed to write by Jesus Christ, Mary and various Angels. Scoop’s extract, above, comes from Rivas’s book “The Passion”. In 1999 Katya Rivas was the subject of a top-rating documentary show hosted by Mike Willessee (see Scoop TV review - Jesus Christ Tells FOXNews He Wants To Hug World and Scoop Images ). More recently Rivas says she was instructed by Jesus to have her books translated and published on the internet with the intention of having the books distributed to as wide an audience as possible. Several of the books can now be read online at http://www.greatcrusade.org/, and more are coming soon.
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