Saint Joseph Sanctified in His Mother’s Womb

Francisco Suarez, Jean Gerson, and Saint Alphonsus Ligouri each teach that Saint Joseph was sanctified and regenerated in his mother’s womb prior to birth. As you know, our Blessed Mother was sanctified at the very moment of her conception in the womb of Saint Anne – this is the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In the case of Joseph, this sanctification occurred after his conception and before his birth.

Sacred Scripture teaches us that the Prophet Jeremiah and Saint John the Baptist received this honor of sanctification in the womb. The eminent theologians above, notably Saint Alphonsus – a doctor of the Hoy Church, extend this privilege to Saint Joseph. They even teach that Saint Joseph was confirmed in the grace, which means that he was so filled with grace that he never committed a mortal sin or a deliberate venial sin.

The great doctor of the Holy Church Saint Bernard taught: “Power is given to some of the saints to help in particular necessities; but to St. Joseph power is given to help in all necessities.”

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

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  • Larry Pryor

    I remember that St Joseph also appeared to Sister Mildred Neuzil as part of Our Lady of America apparitions.  The following quote was the one I found hardest to accept at the time.
    “He (St. Joseph) spoke of his role as co-redeemer with Jesus and Mary in the silence of his heart, and of his being cleansed from original sin the moment after his conception in deference to Our Lady’s greater singular privilege of being preserved from original sin from the first moment of her conception.”
    More info is at OurLadyofAmerica.org for those interested.

  • His Prince Michael

    Thank-you, for a beautiful and succinctly enlightening article!

  • Anonymous
  • Wild Bill

    Nathan, I bow to your keen eye. It was right before me and I’ve missed it a hundred times.

  • Father John

    Everyone is sanctified in their mothers womb. We all start life in complete innocense but then start our human life by observing and learning. Some of what we learn as we grow older is good. Most of what we learn is of this world and therefore not good (evil). If we are to believe that there are special people sent by God then how can youy believe that you are a child of God, although a sinner? If you believe that the kingdom of Heaven has a cast system then you are not reading and ubderstanding the word of God. As time goes on the past seems to change simply because someone changes it and our ideas change as well. Rember “be still and know that I am God”.

  • Wild Bill

    Father John, for the moment I will assume your bona fides to be called “Father” are your many wonderful paternal qualities and not those of a Catholic priest. If I am wrong, may I humbly suggest that you have overlooked the doctrine of Original Sin. We all are conceived in and born with it and it must be removed by the sacrament of Baptism by means of which we become children of God. I will agree that we are innocent of actual sin until some undefinable age of accountability but, respectfully, none of us are sanctified in the womb except by special favor of God. Otherwise, this discussion about St. Joseph would be trivial and pointless.

  • Taylor Marshall

    John,
    Scripture teaches that we are born in sin, see Psalm 51:5:
    “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive
    me.”
    Otherwise Scripture would not note certain ones who were sanctified in the
    womb, eg Jeremiah and John the Baptist. Moreover, it would be superfluous to
    baptize infants – yet Scripture and the Church teach this as well.
    Perhaps you might review the Council of Trent’s canons regarding original
    sin and concupiscence.
    Godspeed,
    Taylor

  • Chris

    We need to be aware that pious opinion even of saints is just that. Opinion! The love and respect for Saint Joseph is wonderful and correct. 

  • Chris

    No one is born innocent! Children are not innocent, rather they are ignorant but innocent ? No one who has raised children can say they are innocent. They are to verng degrees quite self obsessed and changeable. At one time serene at others unreasonable tyrants! No the seeds bad and good are all there.
    Man oppressed by sin since Adam fell!

  • Taylor Marshall

    Yes, it’s pious opinion and not dogma.

  • Dr. Eric

    It also has been speculated that Sts. John the Apostle and Nicholas of Myra (yes, that St. Nicholas) also enjoyed this privilege.

Saint Joseph Sanctified in His Mother’s Womb

Francisco Suarez, Jean Gerson, and Saint Alphonsus Ligouri each teach that Saint Joseph was sanctified and regenerated in his mother’s womb prior to birth. As you know, our Blessed Mother was sanctified at the very moment of her conception in the womb of Saint Anne – this is the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In the case of Joseph, this sanctification occurred after his conception and before his birth.

Sacred Scripture teaches us that the Prophet Jeremiah and Saint John the Baptist received this honor of sanctification in the womb. The eminent theologians above, notably Saint Alphonsus – a doctor of the Hoy Church, extend this privilege to Saint Joseph. They even teach that Saint Joseph was confirmed in the grace, which means that he was so filled with grace that he never committed a mortal sin or a deliberate venial sin.

The great doctor of the Holy Church Saint Bernard taught: “Power is given to some of the saints to help in particular necessities; but to St. Joseph power is given to help in all necessities.”

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

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  • David

    That’s apocryphal and heretical. John the Baptist was sanctified, not St. Joseph. THat idea was invented by extreme pietists and devotionalists.

    And that young man pictured is not St. Joseph (St. Joseph was an old man). Maybe it’s St. James taking care of his younger half-brother?