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  Third Sunday after Easter

April 26, 2015

Re-Arming the Church

Last week we celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday, and it is fitting that last Wednesday, the Wednesday following Good Shepherd Sunday, we should observe the solemnity of the saint who surely must be, after Christ himself, the greatest of all “good shepherds” who tend the flock of God. This is, of course, none other than St. Joseph, foster father of the Saviour, spouse of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and Patron of the Universal Church.

There’s another feast of St. Joseph, perhaps better known. It is celebrated on March 19th. The problem with this date is that it always falls during Lent, and that means it cannot be observed with the degree of solemnity that St. Joseph deserves. Hence, the Church gives us this second feast with its great octave.

Back on March 19th, we celebrated St. Joseph chiefly as the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We were reminded at that time of all that St. Joseph did to look after and protect his Spouse and the young child entrusted to them by God. The feast is a kind of review of this, his life’s great duty, so diligently performed, of taking care of the physical needs of the Son of God. Today though we are not so much looking back on the life of St. Joseph and his loving protection of the physical body of Christ. Rather, today, it is Christ’s mystical body, the Church, that occupies our attention. And indeed, St. Joseph’s attention too. When, from the Cross, Christ gave his blessed Mother to St. John, he was giving her to the Church, to us, so that we might flee to her protection, implore her help, and not be left forsaken. He made sure that we, the faithful souls of the Catholic Church would be protected by our blessed Mother in heaven. And we should ask ourselves, is it any wonder that he should provide us also with another protector, the protector of this blessed Mother, the protector of the physical body of the Christ Child, good Saint Joseph. Through the decrees and liturgy of his Holy Church, he made St. Joseph the supreme Patron and Protector of that Church. And it is in this aspect that we revere St. Joseph on this second of his feastdays, this great Solemnity and its Octave which we are currently celebrating, and which we commemorate at Mass today.

And is it not truly right and fitting, that St. Joseph should be not only the head of the Holy Family, the head of our own household, the head of our own home, but that he should also be the head of that other great Family, the family to which we all belong, the family of the Church! This Church which is, or should be, our second home. Not just the entire family of the Roman Catholic Church, but even our own intimate little family here in this chapel. I hope your memories of this home will one day fill you with the same happy memories, the remembrance that here you were cared for, here you were loved, here you were fed with the graces of the Sacraments, here you experienced that peace and joy of being in the presence of God in the tabernacle, and in your souls at Holy Communion. Prepare now for a future that will bring you such happy memories. Don’t waste your opportunities to make this second home your paradise on earth. Pray to St. Joseph, especially during this great Octave, that he will grant that prayer we say in the 26th Psalm: “One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require; even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To dwell in the state of sanctifying grace, a member of God’s holy Church, God’s holy Family. All the days of my life. And then what? After all, those “days of my life” are slowly ticking away. In the midst of life we are in death. Slowly (or perhaps more quickly than we know) we are approaching that portal we call death. That death which is indeed a portal, a gate, by which we transition from our temporary home here in this world, and go to our eternal home in the next. It is a portal that we fear. We fear it because it is outside our experience, unknown. And more so, we fear it because when we get to this eternal home, our faith tells us that we will be either supremely happy with God, or suffering the everlasting fire and torments of the inferno. Our greatest fear is that this second fate may be ours. And God understands this fear. And God has given us a heavenly helper for that day to comfort us and allay our fears as we take that step from this world to the next. And we should not be surprised that this helper, this Patron Saint of the Dying, is again, St. Joseph. He who according to tradition, died blissfully in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Who could ask for a more blessed death than that? And who could ask for a better guide as we cross our portal to the infinite?

Let’s remind ourselves once again that St. Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church. Universal—the entire Church. Not only the Church Militant here on earth, but also the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and the Church Triumphant, the saints in heaven. St. Joseph is there with us wherever we go, precisely because he is the Patron of the entire universal Church, Militant, Suffering and Triumphant. And so he provides for us and protects us in this life, he prays for us during our sojourn in Purgatory, and he rejoices with us when we reach our final destination. And he remains with us every step of the journey, just as he accompanied the Blessed Mother and her unborn Child every step of the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, as he accompanied them during the Flight into Egypt, and later back to their home in Nazareth. Like the Good Shepherd he seeks us when we are lost, and then when he finds us again, he takes us home. As the Patron of the Dying, it is St. Joseph who remains with us even then as we pass from this life to the next, from Church Militant to Church Suffering, and who gladly carries us on his shoulders from Church Suffering to Church Triumphant, and our eternal pasture of heavenly bliss with God.

What a powerful protector, then, we have in St. Joseph. And when, in the fullness of time, our good God saw fit to allow the present disaster in the Church, what wonder then, that one of the very first acts of destruction that the freemasons were able to inflict on the Church’s liturgy was to abolish this Solemnity of St. Joseph, patron and protector of the Universal Church, along with its octave. After all, these enemies of God were plotting against the Church! What could be more natural for them than to make their first target the heavenly protector of that Church, and to remove his protection from the Church? And so, instead of venerating him as the Patron of Holy Church, they demoted him to be the Patron Saint of Workers, and gave him May Day, the great feast of the communists, as the day of his remembrance. Even this was shortlived, and today in the Novus Ordo Church the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st is simply an “optional memorial”, where you can say the Mass in honour of St. Joseph the Worker if you feel like it, or omit it if you don’t. What a shameful end to the glorious celebration given us by Pope Pius IX in 1870, where we honor St. Joseph as the patron of the entire Mystical Body, with a full solemnity and octave.

But don’t think that the hatred that these enemies of Christ’s Mystical Body stopped there. Their blasphemies against the Church and her protector St. Joseph were not over yet. No change had been made to the central part of the Mass for hundreds and hundreds of years, since the fourth century in fact when St. Gregory the Great made a minor addition to the Canon of the Mass. But in spite of that, John XXIII saw fit to institute a change to the Canon in 1962. He added the name of St. Joseph, thereby destroying the integrity of the Canon, which up to that point had contained only the names of martyrs—and creating a precedent, that from now on, even the sacrosanct Canon of the Mass may be altered at whim. Let us not forget that John XXIII instituted this change to serve for all time as a reminder that St. Joseph had been the Patron of the Second Vatican Council. He told us so himself. Think about it! From Patron of Holy Church to Patron of Workers, and then to Patron of Vatican II. How St. Joseph has been abused since 1955! While we Catholics claim him as our Patron and the Patron of our Holy Church, our enemies claim him on the other hand as the Patron of the Council that was intended to destroy that Church.

Last year, this same conciliar Church completed the picture by presenting a halo to the Pope who set in motion the destruction of the Mass, by canonizing John XXIII. And perhaps saddest of all is that even many traditional Catholics, such as the Society of St. Pius X, go along with these reforms of the Canon, these insults to God and St. Joseph.

We can see the great influence of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, simply by the acts of the enemies of that Church. Before they could destroy Rome, they had to remove her great protector. And so surely, if we truly want to restore that Church, we must first restore St. Joseph to his rightful place as her patron, celebrating his great feastday with all the solemnity we can muster, and invoking him in his role of Terror of Demons to drive away once and for all the powers of darkness from the Holy of Holies, our Holy Mother Church.

 Sermons from the Chaplain