St. Teresa of Avila: St. Joseph, Wonder-Worker, Is Waiting to Bless You
by Joseph Pronechen, Staff Writer Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 6:24 AM Comments (2)
March 19 is a cause for great joy on earth and in heaven, as the Church celebrates the feast of St. Joseph.
One saint who never missed honoring St. Joseph on his feast day and had tremendous devotion to him all year has a big celebration just nine days later this year, as March 28 observes the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus, better known as St. Teresa of Avila.
It’s a perfect time to learn why she promoted devotion to St. Joseph during her lifetime.
“Would that I could persuade all men to be devout to this glorious saint,” wrote St. Teresa in her autobiography, The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Order of Our Lady of Carmel, “for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God.”
“It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I always received it,” wrote St. Teresa. “If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good.”
Even before that, Teresa had written, “I took for my patron the glorious St. Joseph and recommended myself earnestly to him.”
One of her earliest blessings came with a severe illness she suffered.
“She had been healed by St. Joseph, when at the point of death, and she attributed her recovery to him,” explained Father Stanley Smolenski, rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina/Our Lady of Joyful Hope in Kingstree, S.C. (OurLadyofSouthCarolina.net).
Then, when she desired to establish a monastery, “She got direct orders from Our Lord to dedicate her first reformed Carmel to St. Joseph,” said Father Smolenski. He noted that two-thirds of her monasteries were dedicated to St. Joseph.