Catholic Fatherhood: Love Your Wife- Queen of the Home
Justin Haggerty | The Daily Knight
Inspired by Pope Francis' declaration of 2021 as the 'Year of St. Joseph,' The Daily Knight will produce weekly articles to share and clarify the vocation of 'Catholic Fatherhood.' Our mission, at the Sacred Military Order of Knights of the Republic and the Most Victorious Heart of Jesus, is to defeat modernism, the synthesis of all heresies, in the domestic church (the family), the parish, and society at large. Building your domestic church is the quintessential foundation for fostering the faith and rebuilding Christendom.
Prayer to St. Joseph by Pope Leo XIII:
To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
Love Your Wife
Love your wife; she is the queen of your home. Many heretics, especially modernist feminists, attack the divinely structured hierarchy of the home, particularly the father's role as the head of the family. On the contrary, the role of the patriarch does not subjugate the mother when charity has been fully applied within the marriage.
Fathers are the priest, prophet, and king of the home, but that does not make the wife the concubine, mute, and servant. Mothers are equally glorified in the eyes of God in the roles of the holy sacrament of matrimony and the procreation of future citizens of Heaven. Saint Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, detailed the authority of the husband, the obedience of the wife, and the equality of their conjugal charity.
Saint Paul illustrates a system that marries the family to the Church and the Holy Family, for which we enter through the sacraments and our charity for God. The authority of the husband represents the omnipotence of God and the Kingship of Christ; the obedience of the wife represents the servitude of Holy Mother Church and the faith of the faithful; united by charity, which Saint Paul declares the greatest of the cardinal virtues.
Contemplating on this truth, it becomes clear that husbands are ordered to love their wives as Christ loved His Church, His spouse, and spiritual mother of His children. Through this, His infinite charity, Christ permitted His death on the cross out of love for His Church, so that His Body and Blood would, for all eternity through the Church, feed and nourish His children. Our love and sacrifice to our bride, for the health of our posterity, must be equitable to the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary and of the Mass.
The humble obedience of a mother can also be recognized as the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, in her immaculate capacity, held the most sublime charity for her Son, and the most reverent worship of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost that was and is truly united with and within His Human Body. The same sacrifice for the Church, which pierced the Immaculate Heart with a dagger, opened an infinite ocean of grace to be poured through the hands of His Blessed Mother onto all of God's saints, angels, and children. In our families, our charity and sacrifice for our bride should conceive a stream of warmth and love from her hands for joyful consolation of children and grandchildren.
Your wife is the flesh of your flesh, the sacred partner in the procreation of life, and the co-receiver of your graces and sacraments. She is the co-habitator of your blessed martial bed, the mother of your beautiful children, and companion on your pilgrimage through the world. The Blessed Virgin Mary was the Holy Queen to her son and Saint Joseph's spouse; see to it that the mother of every Catholic family is surrounded with joy and charity fit for a Queen.
In Christ Crucified and the Most Victorious Heart of Jesus.