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Friday, 28 October 2022

Who is St Joseph? - Herbert Cardinal Vaughan - CTS Onefifties

Who is St Joseph? 
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781784695514
eISBN 9781784695231
ASIN B075FS3QFQ
CTS Booklet CL25


Over the last several years I have read over 300 volumes from the Catholic Truth Society. But this book is very different from the other two. In 2016 during the 150 Anniversary of the CTS they released special editions of 150 of their most popular and influential booklets. I have been slowly working my way through them. We are told about the series that:

“CTS Publisher Fergal Martin said, “1868 to 2018 we feel is something to celebrate. We have delved into our archives of thousands of titles and uncovered countless gems that celebrate the huge range and diversity of CTS publishing across a century and a half. The CTS archive represents a unique and valuable resource chronicling the changing concerns of the Catholic population of the British Isles and beyond over the last 150 years. There is something original and special here for everybody. Our hope is that readers can dip into the past – and find the present.””

The description of this new combined edition is:

“Whenever Cardinal Vaughan met problems or worries, he turned first to St Joseph. Here he tells us why, and how to do the same.

Herbert Vaughan had a profound and long-standing devotion to St Joseph. When he was Bishop of Salford (1872-1892), he compiled this booklet from the prayers and meditations he found most helpful. He placed all his most important projects under St Joseph’s patronage: the missionary congregation he founded, the Mill Hill missionaries, are officially St Joseph’s Missionary Society, whilst their American offshoot (the Society of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart) are universally known as the Josephites. St Joseph’s intercession was instrumental in securing their original headquarters, St Joseph’s College in Mill Hill.

Herbert Vaughan was convinced of the power of St Joseph’s patronage, and the constant testimony of the Church supports him. St Joseph is the especial patron of the dying, and of those looking for somewhere to live; he is also patron of work, and of Christian husbands and fathers. He who was a loving father to Jesus will not ignore those who turn to him now.”

The chapters in this volume are:

Who is Saint Joseph?
Act of Consecration to Saint Joseph
Thoughts and Examples for Every Day in the Month
The Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys
The Seven Sundays of Saint Joseph
The Praises of Saint Joseph
Triduum for the Gaining of Some Special Grace
Saint Joseph’s Memorare
Saint Bernardine’s Prayer to Saint Joseph
The Priest’s Prayer
Invocations of the Holy Family
Petition for Holy Purity
Month of March
Thirty Days’ Prayer
Litany of Saint Joseph
Note
Background
CTS Onefifties

We are informed about this volume that:

“This little book, which was compiled and issued by Cardinal Vaughan when Bishop of Salford as one of his “Religious Books for the People,” is now reprinted by the Catholic Truth Society in response to numerous requests. The Litany of St Joseph and St Bernardine’s Prayer (p. 54), approved by Pius X in 1909, have been added to this edition, which in all other respects conforms to the original.”

The background of this volume states:

“Herbert Vaughan was convinced of the power of St Joseph’s patronage, and the constant testimony of the Church supports him. St Joseph is the especial patron of the dying, and of those looking for somewhere to live; he is also patron of work, and of Christian husbands and fathers. He who was a loving father to Jesus will not ignore those who turn to him now.”

Over the last several years I have read many volumes on Saint Joseph. I had an interest in him prior to the Year of Saint Joseph. And That year I had a greater focus on volumes about him. As a husband and a father I find I can always grow in my knowledge and experience of his intercession. This is an excellent little volume, written from a place of personal faith and devotion. It is a booklet I can easily return to again and again.

I have only read a few of the CTS Onefifties but have benefited from each of them, and look forward to reading many more. This is an excellent read and one I benefited from. It would be a great read for any Catholic. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

For all reviews of books in the CTS Onefifties Series click here.

Other reviews and articles about Saint Joseph:
Consecration to St. Joseph - Fr. Donald Calloway
Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph Compiled from Traditional Sources- TAN Books
Prayer to Saint Joseph Prayer of the Day
Joseph of Nazareth - Federico Suarez
Devotion to St. Joseph - F. Declaux
Go to St. Joseph: Do Whatever He Tells You - Brian Kiczek
Saint Joseph: Help for Life's Emergencies - Kathryn J. Hermes
Feast of Saint Joseph 2018 Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary Principal Patron of Canada
Companion to Saint Joseph - J.B. Midgley - CTS Companions Series
Saints of the Roman Canon - Julien Chilcott-Monk - CTS Living the Liturgy Series
Seven Saints for Seven Virtues - Jean M. Heimann





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