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.
The following example is taken from a letter written from a town in the south of France by a venerable religious full of zeal for the cult of Saint Joseph.
During the novena in preparation for the feast of the good Saint Joseph, there was every day, at his altar, in our church, before his relic exposed, a pious exhortation followed by prayers. People were eager to attend these exercises; the attendance was more numerous than in the past: the devotion was certainly great and trusting.
In the audience was a widowed mother, very embarrassed about one of her sons, aged twenty-four, without a career, and given over to idleness. Seized with complete confidence from the beginning of the novena, she had resolved to ask Saint Joseph to find a position for her son. In order to obtain this, she promised to do the novena with all possible fervor, especially to shake off her lukewarmness in the service of God, to go to confession, and to prepare herself for communion on the feast day.
Three days after the feast of the Saint, she comes to me, desolate, almost desperate:
“Father, go and preach that Saint Joseph refuses nothing either for the spiritual or for the temporal! As long as you like! I will repeat to whoever will listen that this is not true! I prayed your Saint Joseph, and God knows with what confidence and with what sacrifices! He did not obtain anything for me!
– And what do you know about it!
– The thing is obvious. I asked during the novena for a place for my son: this place was presented just on the day of the feast; my son was refused! And don’t say that my interior dispositions were lacking: never have I had so much fervor, desire and confidence. It is done! I will no longer pray to your Saint Joseph. And I have already taken my revenge on him: I have abandoned everything since his feast day, I have given in to every temptation…
– Unhappy! You are ungrateful!… You have been fulfilled; it is certain, your son has been placed… but you no longer deserve it. What! because this place was not found the same day of the festival, does it follow that it will not be found later? You are a wretch! Make haste to implore your forgiveness to Saint Joseph, to beg him not to hold a grudge against you, then confide in him and hope…”
I don’t know who put in me the assurance that this poor widow had indeed been heard and that her son would soon be placed. The lady understood, humbled herself and waited with confidence.
Four or five days later, she came to me all joyful, saying: “Father, my son is placed where I wanted him to be, and where he was refused! We did not do anything for that, they came to take him: Saint Joseph did everything! Help me to thank him! Ah, how I am going to repair his honor, and tell the people to whom I acted as Satan, that I was mistaken, that I was heard!…”
Since then, this woman remains pious and fervent; she was, once only a good Christian. She allowed me to tell this story.
Some souls believe that they give more strength to their prayer by accompanying it with ultimatums and threats. This is not at all advisable. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts; His ways are not our ways. His infinite wisdom knows how to answer our supplication and God always gives us what is best for our soul. Let us know how to wait for His wisdom and His time!…
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.