The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God has a special purpose the preservation of the Deposit of Faith through religious education in all its forms. God has established him as “a bulwark against the almost general apostasy” which has invaded Christendom and in particular the Roman Church.
Pious souls, meditating on the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt, had the happy inspiration to honor Saint Joseph as the patron saint of travelers. Here is an example in which this thought was wonderfully rewarded.
A young man, engaged in the merchant navy, was leaving his native town to go from Le Havre to Marseille. His pious sister, in bidding him farewell, had placed in the pocket of his habit a statuette of Saint Joseph, and had prayed to this great Saint to bless the voyage and to bring back his beloved brother safely.
When the ship was about in front of Cadiz, the captain ordered the young man to go and tighten the rope of a mast which unfortunately was rotten. While he was carrying out the order given to him, the rope broke and he was thrown into the abyss. He remained there for a whole hour, always trying, by swimming and fighting against the waves, to reach the ship, which seemed to flee as he approached it. Already his hands were paralyzed and his exhausted strength was lost without return, when he remembered the little statue of Saint Joseph and the prayer of his sister. At that moment, his courage was revived; he invoked with faith and confidence his blessed Protector, and promised to have a mass said in his honor if he saved him from this imminent danger. Immediately his prayer was answered, he felt supported on the waves by an invisible hand, and he managed to reach the ship by means of a rope thrown to him by the captain. Saved by a visible protection of Saint Joseph, our grateful young man hastened to fulfill his vow. He attended the thanksgiving mass with all his family; and he prayed to the Spouse of Mary to preserve him and deliver him in the future from all danger.
If Saint Joseph listens to such a short prayer, what will he not do for those who honor and pray to him every day!
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.