Humility Of Heart By Father Cajetan Mary Da Bergamo & A Novena To Saint Joseph
Our Lord said, “Learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart.” (Matt 11:29) And also, “Amen, I say to you, unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 18:3) This classic study in humility describes the nature of that virtue typical of all Saints – the one virtue that underlies every other virtue and without which none of us will enter Heaven. Says, “Impregnate yourself with humility, and you will soon find that all other virtues will follow without any effort on your part.” A treasure; filled with insights.
Humility of Heart by da Bergamo is a spiritual classic and among the best books ever written on humility.
Father Cajetan Mary da Bergamo was an Italian Capuchin and author of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In Humility of Heart, he presents readers with every possible motive for practicing the Christian virtue of humility, illustrating how important it was for the saints of the Church. Father Bergamo’s work was originally published circa 1905.
Joseph (Hebrew: יוסף, romanized: Yosef; Greek: Ἰωσήφ, romanized: Ioséph) was a 1st-century Jewish man of Nazareth who, according to the canonical Gospels, was married to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and was the legal father of Jesus. The Gospels also name some brothers of Jesus which may have been: (1) the sons of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph; (2) sons of Mary, the wife of Clopas and sister of Mary the mother of Jesus; or (3) sons of Joseph by a former marriage.
Joseph is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church and Anglicanism. His feast day is observed by some Lutherans. In Catholic traditions, Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers and is associated with various feast days. The month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Pope Pius IX declared him to be both the patron and the protector of the Catholic Church, in addition to his patronages of the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief that he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. Joseph has become patron of various dioceses and places. Being a patron saint of the virgins, too, he is venerated as “most chaste”. A specific veneration is tributed to the most chaste and pure heart of Saint Joseph.
Several venerated images of Saint Joseph have been granted a decree of canonical coronation by a pontiff. Religious iconography often depicts him with lilies or spikenard. With the present-day growth of Mariology, the theological field of Josephology has also grown and since the 1950s centers for studying it have been formed.