Pope Urges Families to Invoke St Joseph (6 Nov 1997) - Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II on this day received a group of pilgrims from Wroclaw,
Poland, who came-- led by their Bishop Stanislaw Napierala-- to thank the
Holy Father for visiting their diocese last summer during the International
Eucharistic Congress there.
In his remarks to the group, the Pope
recalled that he had dedicated his latest visit to his homeland to the
cause of the family. "If the family is the central element of the
community of Christ's disciples," he said, "prayer centered of the family
is at the same time centered on the entire Church."
The Holy Father
invoked the example of St. Joseph, protector of the family and patron of
the Church. "The Church always needs the intercession of St. Joseph," he
said. "His protection constitutes an effective defense against the dangers
that present themselves, and also helps us to keep foremost in our minds
the duties we have to undertake the new evangelization."
that all families should invoke the aid of St. Joseph, on behalf of the
Church, to help prepare for the campaign of evangelization which he said
must be a part of the celebration for the Jubilee Year.
St. Joseph, the Pope concluded, can also be "the source of a deeper
spirituality." He recommended that the pilgrims-- from the parish of St.
Joseph in Wroclaw-- should use the example of their patron saint to guide
them in developing a "profound interior life."
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