Translated from the German and Spanish
editions of the same work
To the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God; to St. Joseph, Protector of the Universal Church;
to St. Michael the Archangel, Prince of the Supernatural Host in the struggle against Satan, the first Naturalist;
to St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Church’s Teacher of Order; and to St. Anthony of Padua, “Hammer of the
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“In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked lies in the cowardice and weakness of
good men... All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask
the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands?
The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was
wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the
accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be levelled at the weak and timid Catholics of all
countries.” Pope St. Pius X, Discourse he pronounced on December 13, 1908 at the Beatification of Joan of
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O most powerful Patriarch, Saint Joseph, Patron of that Universal Church which has always invoked thee in
anxieties and tribulations; from the lofty seat of thy glory lovingly regard the Catholic world. Let it move thy
paternal heart to see the Mystical Spouse of Christ and His Vicar weakened by sorrow and persecution by
powerful enemies. We beseech thee, by the most bitter suffering thou didst experience on earth, to wipe away
in mercy the tears of the revered Pontiff, to defend and liberate him, and to intercede with the Giver of peace
and charity, that every hostile power being overcome and every error being destroyed, the whole Church may
serve the God of all blessings in perfect liberty. Amen.
Leo XIII. March 4, 1882.
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