March 19 is the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker for whom St. Eugene de Mazenod had a special devotion. In honor of the day, Geri Furmanek, National Director of Mission Enrichment and Oblate Associates provided this text of a letter written by St., Eugene for reflection:
Founder writing from Marseille on March 23, 1832 to Father Guigues, at Notre-Dame du Laus:
“My dear Father Guigues, it is very kind of you to have remembered that I live under the patronage of great St. Joseph and not to have forgotten me in your prayers to this saint on the day of his feast. You will not be surprised in your turn that I have not forgotten that, you have the happiness to bear the name and that you have been aware of its worth.
I believe his soul more excellent than all the celestial intelligences, above which it is indubitably placed in heaven.
In that blessed abode Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph are just as inseparable as they were on earth. I believe in these things with the most certain faith, that
is to say, just as certainly as I believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary….”