Since Pope Francis declared that the year 2021 would be dedicated to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, there has been a surge of interest in how this great saint can help us grow in the spiritual life. St Teresa of Avila did much to popularise devotion to St Joseph, for whom she had great love. He miraculously cured her of a paralysis that had crippled her for three years as a young Sister in the Monastery of the Incarnation. St Teresa’s first foundation was dedicated to St Joseph.
“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious Saint, for I have long experience of the great blessings which he can obtain from God…I only ask for the love of God anyone who does not believe me to try, and they will see the great good that comes from recommending themselves to this glorious patriarch and being devoted to him.” (Life c.6)
She urges prayerful people to attach themselves to St. Joseph saying:
“…Anyone who cannot find a master to teach them to pray should take this glorious saint for their master, and they will not go astray” (Life c.6).