Was Saint Joseph Assumed Bodily into Heaven? (St Vincent Ferrer and St Francis de Sales)

More pious opinions regarding Saint Joseph…

Francis Suarez maintained St. Joseph was taken up into heaven bodily. St. Bernardino of Siena, Gerson, and St. Vincent Ferrer held the same. St. Francis de Sales points out the fact that nobody claims the tomb of St. Joseph and that there are no relics of this saint. Then he continues in Les Vrais Entretiens Spirituels:

Surely, when Our Lord went down into Limbo, St. Joseph addressed Him in this wise: “Be pleased to remember, Lord, that when you came down from Heaven to earth I received you into my house and family, that I took you into my arms from the moment you were born. Now you are going back to Heaven, take me with you (body and soul). I received you into my family, receive me into yours; I took you in my arms; take me into yours; I looked after you and fed you and guided you during your life on earth; stretch forth your hand and lead me into life everlasting.”

Some have speculated that Saint Joseph was among the “saints” who were resurrected shortly after the death of Christ on Good Friday:

“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Mt 27:51-53).

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  • Dr. Eric

    I would also include Moses (some 1200 years earlier) among those assumed into Heaven. Based upon the events at the Transfiguration and the brief allusion to it in St. Jude’s Epistle.

  • His Prince Michael

    Mr. Marshall, yet another, beautifully intriguing perspective
    Of course, it’s all, let’s just say, relative.
    ALL, for The Greater Glory of GOD!

  • Bender

    Inasmuch as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary points the eschatological way for all the faithful, and inasmuch as Jesus is eternal, i.e. timeless, that is, outside of time –

    Yes, it could be said that both Moses and Joseph (and the other Joseph) already enjoy the resurrection of the body and reside in the New Jerusalem, even if in human time such is not yet here.  But the resurrection of the body, to which the faithful are called, is NOT the same thing as “assumption” into heaven.

    To be sure, St. Francis necessarily indicates that the righteous and just St. Joseph was NOT bodily assumed into heaven, but was instead buried, when he writes of Jesus meeting him in “limbo.”  If Joseph (and Moses) went to the “abode of the dead” to await Christ, then by definition, they were not bodily assumed into heaven.  Rather, if anything, they experienced the resurrection of the body.

  • Taylor Marshall

    Bender,
    Good call.
    Mary underwent a Dormition, by which I understand that she “died” – but that
    as soon as she died her soul was restored to her body at that very instant.
    Her death was therefore very special and unique – just like her conception.
    This is why we usually say she “fell asleep” and not “died” so as to
    reverence this mystery.
    That Mary’s soul separated from her body is enshrined in the classical
    iconography wherein Christ holds her soul as if it is a tiny infant – thus
    reversing the image of Mary holding the infant Christ. It’s very beautiful
    and mysterious.
    ad Jesum per Mariam,
    Taylor

  • Robert

    I think St Paul warns us against useless speculation of this sort!

Was Saint Joseph Assumed Bodily into Heaven? (St Vincent Ferrer and St Francis de Sales)

More pious opinions regarding Saint Joseph…

Francis Suarez maintained St. Joseph was taken up into heaven bodily. St. Bernardino of Siena, Gerson, and St. Vincent Ferrer held the same. St. Francis de Sales points out the fact that nobody claims the tomb of St. Joseph and that there are no relics of this saint. Then he continues in Les Vrais Entretiens Spirituels:

Surely, when Our Lord went down into Limbo, St. Joseph addressed Him in this wise: “Be pleased to remember, Lord, that when you came down from Heaven to earth I received you into my house and family, that I took you into my arms from the moment you were born. Now you are going back to Heaven, take me with you (body and soul). I received you into my family, receive me into yours; I took you in my arms; take me into yours; I looked after you and fed you and guided you during your life on earth; stretch forth your hand and lead me into life everlasting.”

Some have speculated that Saint Joseph was among the “saints” who were resurrected shortly after the death of Christ on Good Friday:

“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Mt 27:51-53).

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  • Dr. Eric

    I would also include Moses (some 1200 years earlier) among those assumed into Heaven. Based upon the events at the Transfiguration and the brief allusion to it in St. Jude’s Epistle.

  • His Prince Michael

    Mr. Marshall, yet another, beautifully intriguing perspective
    Of course, it’s all, let’s just say, relative.
    ALL, for The Greater Glory of GOD!

  • Bender

    Inasmuch as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary points the eschatological way for all the faithful, and inasmuch as Jesus is eternal, i.e. timeless, that is, outside of time –

    Yes, it could be said that both Moses and Joseph (and the other Joseph) already enjoy the resurrection of the body and reside in the New Jerusalem, even if in human time such is not yet here.  But the resurrection of the body, to which the faithful are called, is NOT the same thing as “assumption” into heaven.

    To be sure, St. Francis necessarily indicates that the righteous and just St. Joseph was NOT bodily assumed into heaven, but was instead buried, when he writes of Jesus meeting him in “limbo.”  If Joseph (and Moses) went to the “abode of the dead” to await Christ, then by definition, they were not bodily assumed into heaven.  Rather, if anything, they experienced the resurrection of the body.

  • Taylor Marshall

    Bender,
    Good call.
    Mary underwent a Dormition, by which I understand that she “died” – but that
    as soon as she died her soul was restored to her body at that very instant.
    Her death was therefore very special and unique – just like her conception.
    This is why we usually say she “fell asleep” and not “died” so as to
    reverence this mystery.
    That Mary’s soul separated from her body is enshrined in the classical
    iconography wherein Christ holds her soul as if it is a tiny infant – thus
    reversing the image of Mary holding the infant Christ. It’s very beautiful
    and mysterious.
    ad Jesum per Mariam,
    Taylor

  • Robert

    I think St Paul warns us against useless speculation of this sort!