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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

St. Joseph Cupertino, pray for us

Today is the feast of one of my personal patrons, St. Joseph Cupertino. He is one of the patron saints of pilots and one of the patron saints of those students taking exams.

Prayers to him work. I know this from experience. He was "mentally challenged" and I love the story of his examination to be allowed to be a priest.

Apparently, seminarians of religious orders would meet with the Bishop and his team of examiners before Ordination. The examiners would open the Scriptures several times at random and the students would have to give the age-old four-fold interpretation of the passaged pointed to by the examiners. This four-fold interpretation would include a theological interpretation, a pastoral interpretation, an allegorical interpretation and an eschatological interpretation, that is pertaining to the end times.

Being mentally challenged, barely able to read and knowing little Latin, Joseph was put at the end of the line by his fellow seminarians, who thought perhaps, the examiners would give a little slack to the last participant.

However, when Joseph was standing before the team of examiners, the first passage they randomly selected was the Annunciation.

Joseph had an idee fixe about the Annunciation. There was nothing humanly possible he did not know about that passage in Luke. He spoke for 45 minutes.

The examiners said something like this, "Well, it is obvious you are an excellent Scripture scholar, so we are not going to ask you to interpret another three passages."

Joseph would elevate at the Consecration. Some of the brothers in his Franciscan monastery thought he was possessed. So, they got the priest to start an exorcism on him and during the prayers Jesus, Joseph and Mary appeared to all in the room, confirming that Joseph was full of the Holy Spirit and not demonic ones.

Pilots, pray to him and students taking exams, pray to him.

He is a dear, dear saint.


Anita Moore said...

Was St. Joseph of Cupertino mentally challenged, or was he so rapt in contemplation that he only seemed so?

Lorraine said...

Supertradmum, thank you for highlighting this dear saint! Not a day goes by that I do not entrust myself and my family to his intercession. He is in charge of my sister; she is a tough nut to crack, but I have no doubt that one day he will get through to her! She took me to see "The Reluctant Saint" when it first came out and I was a little girl.

He is little known and even less appreciated. Last night I was reading about him and it said that his biggest thing was obedience. He said he would rather die than disobey.

St. Joseph Cupertino, pray for us and help us to stay faithful to Holy Mother Church!

Supertradmum said...

Anita, he was severely "simple" shall we say.

Supertradmum said...

Lorraine, you must get Michael Voris on CD or DVD. Ask someone you know to order those for you for Christmas. He is an important prophet in this world of chaos and speaks clearly and with God's authority. He is Catholic all the way.

Lorraine said...

Supertradmum, I haven't gotten a Christmas gift in years, but I will keep it in mind if I should happen to run into a charitable soul!!

I will ask St. Joseph Cupertino to help out!!

Supertradmum said...

Lorraine, he will listen to you.