We are soon approaching the Solemnity of my co-patron, St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. To prepare for this great celebration of my beloved guardian and father, here is a little reflection by the original Mother Teresa in her autobiography on perhaps her favorite saint (other than Our Lady, of course!).
“I took as my lord and advocate the glorious St. Joseph, commending myself earnestly to him, and I clearly saw that out of…troubles involving my honor and the salvation of my soul, this my lord and father delivered me, doing me greater benefits than I knew how to ask for.
I do not remember to this day ever having asked him for anything that he did not grant me. I am amazed at the great mercies which the Lord has done me through this blessed saint, and from what perils, both of body and soul, he has delivered me.
The Lord seems to have given other saints grace to help in some troubles, but I know by experience that this glorious saint helps in all. For His Majesty wishes to teach us that, as He was Himself subject to him on earth—for having the title of father, though only his guardian, St. Joseph could command him—so in heaven the Lord does what he asks. This has also been the experience of some other persons whom I have told to commend themselves to him; and there are many more who have lately come to revere him, through having newly discovered that this is true…
I only beg for the love of God that anyone who does not believe me shall try for himself. Then he will learn by experience what great good comes of recommending oneself to that glorious patriarch, and paying him service.
Persons who practice prayer, in particular, should always be his devotees. I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the Angels, during the time when she suffered so much with the infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the help he then gave them. If anyone cannot find a master to teach him prayer, he should take this glorious saint for master, and he will not go astray on the road.
May it please the Lord that I have not done wrong in venturing to speak of him. For though I publicly profess my devotion to [St. Joseph], in serving him and imitating him I have always failed. But he was true to his nature when he cured my paralysis, making it possible for me to rise and walk; and I was true to mine in making but poor use of this benefit.”