The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph

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“To describe the life and glories of Joseph is to describe at the same time the life of Jesus and the glories of Mary; for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are so intimately united, that it is impossible to speak of one without treating the others.” (Page 1)

Today, most Catholics would be surprised to learn of the long history of scholarship and devotion regarding St. Joseph. 

Every Catholic should understand the indispensable role that St. Joseph played in the life of the Blessed Virgin and in the life of the Son of God. The humble carpenter, loving husband, and holy father is always interceding on our behalf.

Do most Catholics really understand the life of Jesus’s foster father?

The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph will teach you how to know, love, and imitate the man and saint who knew Mary and Jesus better than any other.

If you are looking to deepen your knowledge of St. Joseph’s life, or for a simple reminder of his sincere love, this book will be your greatest help. Drawing upon Scripture, tradition, Church doctrine, the visions and revelations of saints, and the astoundingly insightful works of Don Antonio Vitali and P. Joséf Moreno, author Edward Thompson will give you an in-depth understanding of the life and importance of St. Joseph.

The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph is a carefully reasoned analysis of the entirety of that great saint's role in the history of Salvation and the life of the Church. This includes details about his spiritual life and noble lineage, how he was prefigured in the Old Testament, his relationship to Mary and Jesus, and why he has been named by Pope Pius IX "The Patron of the Universal Church," among other fascinating facts.

Devotion to St. Joseph has been a tradition from the earliest years of the Church and many have sought his help because of his sanctity and dignity. A sudden increase in devotions to St. Joseph in recent years shows that he is one of the most important Saints to intercede for us in the modern age. We have a wonderful friend in St. Joseph and should strive to know him and imitate his holiness!

Edward Healy Thompson
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  • 5
    The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph

    Posted by Dennis M. on May 24th 2023

    Among the classics of Catholic literature, The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph is a book to be consumed, savored and meditated on. Do not attempt large bites rather enjoy each morsel one paragraph, even one sentence at a time. This book, written in 1888 by Edward Healy Thompson, M.A., is based on the earlier work of theologian Canon Antonio Vitali, Father Jose Moreno and others. They in turn cite the works and opinions of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Augustine, Saint Bernadine, Saint Bridget, Ven. Maria dAgreda and others. I purchased the book over twenty years ago and for over a decade it languished on my bookshelf. Time and again I would begin to read it only to be rebuffed by its language and depth. It is a heavy read. Approximately ten years ago I had the opportunity to participate in a weekly holy hour. The silence was wonderful however my senses needed something to help me direct my mind towards God and not my pressing To Do list at home. I began to bring books with me to read and meditate on. The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph became my regular companion. As a husband and father, I have been drawn to Saint Joseph believing he would be the best model I could choose for my life. I have other books on Saint Joseph, but many are full of prayers to him rather than providing insight into the man he was. Growing up without a good male role model I deeply wanted someone to copy so I could be the husband and father I hoped to become. In the silence of the holy hour, one paragraph at a time, through the teaching of the Church Fathers, Saint Joseph materialized before my eyes. As the book explicitly states, to dwell on Saint Joseph one must out of necessity also meditate on Jesus and Mary. They are (and these are my words) a package deal. Jesus, of course, can stand alone (except there is that matter of the Trinity). Jesus embodies the Divine and Human Nature in Himself and Mary and Joseph are forever part of this Union. Joseph, and the man he had to be to carry out the mission the Father gave him, is the main subject of the book, but to study Joseph is to be immersed in Jesus and Mary. The ancient Fathers deduced much as they meditated on the events of the Nativity of Jesus. The conclusions they arrived at they shared in homilies with their flocks. These conclusions are discovered by the reader of this marvelous book. Nothing in the Bible is changed, but the events are fleshed out to give a fuller picture of Gods work in our salvation. The reader is first privy to details of Joseph and Mary as youngsters. They are then provided with insights into their lives together including the visit to Elizabeths house (yes the Church Fathers agreed Joseph accompanied Mary), their flight to Egypt and their time spent there. Other familiar moments are studied such that the reader feels he is with them at the Presentation or on their search for the lost child. What I found most beneficial was the illumination of Josephs role as the husband of Mary and father of Jesus. He is made real and tangible. I cannot recommend this book enough. Embrace the man who first taught Jesus the Torah, the man that Jesus called Daddy.

  • 5
    The Glories of St Joseph

    Posted by Sharon on May 24th 2023

    This book is fantastic. Everyone should read it, to know him more, love him and pray more often to home

  • 5
    This was recommended by a

    Posted by BETH T. on Oct 8th 2022

    This was recommended by a friend. I am enjoying it. Saint Joseph is a staple in our household.

  • 5
    The life and glories of Saint Joseph

    Posted by Frances V. on Jul 8th 2022

    I have received my order and I am enjoying it very much. I usually order books from Tan Books once a month. I always tell my friends about the books and they also have ordered quite a few books! Whether its a Classic Catholic book or a modern Catholic book you have it all! I have quite a nice size library from your books and look forward to purchasing again from you.

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