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The Silent Saint – A Tribute to Saint Joseph

19 March 2017

Editor’s Note: Originally published on March 19, 2010, the first day of publication of AlwaysCatholic.com. We are reprinting it for the  7th Anniversary of ACBlog. This is one of the most read pieces on the site and after you read it, you will know why.

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day from AlwaysCatholic

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The Silent Saint
by @AncientSoul

On March 19th, the anniversary of the debut of this blog, we remember St. Joseph. I think St. Joseph is one of the most forgotten of all Saints, yet … which of the other Saints were ever closer to our dear Lord? I have to stop and stand in awe of this faithful servant of God. Is he quoted in the Bible frequently? No. Does he have the fanfare and notoriety that many other Saints have? Not so much.

Let’s stop a moment and really consider his role in redemption. One can hardly focus on St. Joseph without first looking at our Blessed Mother. Here we find a young girl not barely ‘sweet sixteen’ who is told something quite unbelievable to the average person, namely that she would conceive the Son of God in a miraculous way and remain a virgin. We all know this, but I think often many take it for granted that the times in which she lived were precarious at best. An unmarried woman that found herself pregnant would soon feel the biting sting of stones tearing and bruising her flesh and breaking her bones. Still, she trusted and accepted according to the Perfect Will of God without hesitation!

Then we have to look towards Joseph. An older man .. a widower who was to marry this young girl, yet what to do when he learns that she is with child? He knew full well what would be her fate if he publicly declared this. His kind and protective nature decided to just divorce her quietly and not cause her undue pain and scandal. We all know that God sent the angel to him in a dream to explain the situation and Joseph, trusting God as Mary did, believed and took her for his wife.

I would imagine they were both a little nervous about it all … wondering how this could be .. what would happen next … how would it all turn out?? I can only imagine the prayerful lives of faith that they led allowing them to trust to that extent and rely on God for the very next step all along the way. We all know the stories from our childhood, but have we ever stopped to really think what it all must have been like? Fleeing into Egypt .. fleeing from Herod … losing Jesus as a young Boy and finding Him in the Temple amidst the elders, questioning and being questioned. St. Joseph taught the God-Man his carpentry trade. He and Mary played with Him, watched Him grow, comforted Him when He fell and taught Him how to pray!

So little is written of St. Joseph in Scripture .. neither Joseph or Mary together, have very many words recorded. But are there any more significant people in Scripture than the Mother and Foster-Father of the Christ Child? They don’t say much, but they sure lead by example! St. Joseph was a faithful servant while on earth, chosen by the Holy Trinity to be a wonderful Foster-Father to Jesus and a faithful and protective virginal husband to Mary.
As the head of the Holy Family, he is also the Patron of the Catholic Church. He is also the Patron Saint of families and workers as well. We need to call on him for his protection, guidance and support in all things.

One of St. Joseph’s most famous titles is Patron of a Happy Death. Why? How could death not be happy if one was to die in the arms of Jesus and Mary? We must never forget his suffering either. He truly is our Friend in Sufferings with all the fear, anxiety and panic he must have gone through in his diligent care of his beloved Family! Let us always turn to our foster father St. Joseph, asking him to present our petitions to our dear Lord and our Blessed Mother with the same tenderness and concern in which he protected them while on earth. Let our prayer be always to strive to embrace the perfect Will of God in all things with a joyful and trusting heart as St. Joseph shows us by his shining example.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph .. please pray for us!

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St Joseph Novena – Day Six- for You and for Sofia!

15 March 2014

15 March 2014 A.D.
Posted by Sarah Campbell

We are praying our Novena to Saint Joseph (March 10-18) for all our readers. AlwaysCatholic.com was founded on the Feast of St. Joseph and every year (this is our fourth anniversary) we publish a Saint Joseph Novena in honor of our followers.

This year I am asking you to pray this Novena for Sofia, my mom. She is now confined to a wheelchair but that’s hopefully temporary in nature as we pray she will be able to get her knee replacements surgery soon. (She needs both replaced. Warning to women…don’t overexercise)

Here’s the problem: Her chair is broken and unusable. She is confined to bed and she is getting sicker everyday. The chair has a warranty but the company where the chair was purchased has been shut down by the Justice Department without any concern for the current customers who have chairs with warranties and are on Medicare.

It has been months and to no avail trying to get the company who can fix it to do the job. Medicare has already said they will pay and the company says after many calls and a congressman requesting help that they promise (again and again ) to send out someone to fix it.

Please pray that Sofia gets the chair fixed before it’s too late. She cannot walk at this point and has no way to be mobile. The price of fixing it is too high so we must rely on Medicare and the warranty. She is not complaining at all and I feel helpless other than to care for her. I am watching her get worse everyday physically.

Please consider adding this request for her to Saint Joseph along with your Novena requests. Thank you.

God love you (as Sofia says)
Pvt Sarah Campbell
Wisconsin Army National Guard

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Novena to Saint Joseph

StJosephO St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Whosoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.

Make this prayer known everywhere.

Imprimatur:
Most Rev. George W. Ahr
Bishop of Trenton

(June 23, 1904—May 5, 1993)

Ironically this Bishop who put his Imprimatur on this prayer (Over 1900 years old) was the Bishop who confirmed Sofia!


St Joseph Novena – Day Five- for You and for Sofia!

14 March 2014

14 March 2014 A.D.
Posted by Sarah Campbell

We are praying our Novena to Saint Joseph (March 10-18) for all our readers. AlwaysCatholic.com was founded on the Feast of St. Joseph and every year (this is our fourth anniversary) we publish a Saint Joseph Novena in honor of our followers.

This year I am asking you to pray this Novena for Sofia, my mom. She is now confined to a wheelchair but that’s hopefully temporary in nature as we pray she will be able to get her knee replacements surgery soon. (She needs both replaced. Warning to women…don’t overexercise)

Here’s the problem: Her chair is broken and unusable. She is confined to bed and she is getting sicker everyday. The chair has a warranty but the company where the chair was purchased has been shut down by the Justice Department without any concern for the current customers who have chairs with warranties and are on Medicare.

It has been months and to no avail trying to get the company who can fix it to do the job. Medicare has already said they will pay and the company says after many calls and a congressman requesting help that they promise (again and again ) to send out someone to fix it.

Please pray that Sofia gets the chair fixed before it’s too late. She cannot walk at this point and has no way to be mobile. The price of fixing it is too high so we must rely on Medicare and the warranty. She is not complaining at all and I feel helpless other than to care for her. I am watching her get worse everyday physically.

Please consider adding this request for her to Saint Joseph along with your Novena requests. Thank you.

God love you (as Sofia says)
Pvt Sarah Campbell
Wisconsin Army National Guard

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Novena to Saint Joseph

StJosephO St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Whosoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.

Make this prayer known everywhere.

Imprimatur:
Most Rev. George W. Ahr
Bishop of Trenton

(June 23, 1904—May 5, 1993)

Ironically this Bishop who put his Imprimatur on this prayer (Over 1900 years old) was the Bishop who confirmed Sofia!


St Joseph Novena – Day Three- for You and for Sofia!

12 March 2014

12 March 2014 A.D.
Posted by Sarah Campbell

We are praying our Novena to Saint Joseph (March 10-18) for all our readers. AlwaysCatholic.com was founded on the Feast of St. Joseph and every year (this is our fourth anniversary) we publish a Saint Joseph Novena in honor of our followers.

This year I am asking you to pray this Novena for Sofia, my mom. She is now confined to a wheelchair but that’s hopefully temporary in nature as we pray she will be able to get her knee replacements surgery soon. (She needs both replaced. Warning to women…don’t overexercise)

Here’s the problem: Her chair is broken and unusable. She is confined to bed and she is getting sicker everyday. The chair has a warranty but the company where the chair was purchased has been shut down by the Justice Department without any concern for the current customers who have chairs with warranties and are on Medicare.

It has been months and to no avail trying to get the company who can fix it to do the job. Medicare has already said they will pay and the company says after many calls and a congressman requesting help that they promise (again and again ) to send out someone to fix it.

Please pray that Sofia gets the chair fixed before it’s too late. She cannot walk at this point and has no way to be mobile. The price of fixing it is too high so we must rely on Medicare and the warranty. She is not complaining at all and I feel helpless other than to care for her. I am watching her get worse everyday physically.

Please consider adding this request for her to Saint Joseph along with your Novena requests. Thank you.

God love you (as Sofia says)
Pvt Sarah Campbell
Wisconsin Army National Guard

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Novena to Saint Joseph

StJosephO St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Whosoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.

Make this prayer known everywhere.

Imprimatur:
Most Rev. George W. Ahr
Bishop of Trenton

(June 23, 1904—May 5, 1993)

Ironically this Bishop who put his Imprimatur on this prayer (Over 1900 years old) was the Bishop who confirmed Sofia!


An Urgent Novena Request… to St Joseph for you & Sofia!

10 March 2014

10 March 2014 A.D.
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Today would have normally started our Novena to Saint Joseph for all our readers. AlwaysCatholic.com was founded on the Feast of St. Joseph and every year (this is our fourth anniversary) we publish a Saint Joseph Novena in honor of our followers.

This year I am asking you to pray this Novena for Sofia, my mom. she is now confined to a wheelchair but that’s hopefully temporary in nature as we pray she will be able to get her knee replacements surgery soon. (She needs both replaced. Warning to women…don’t overexercise)

Here’s the problem: Her chair is broken and unusable. She is confined to bed and she is getting sicker everyday. The chair has a warranty but the company where the chair was purchased has been shut down by the Justice Department without any concern for the current customers who have chairs with warranties and are on Medicare.

It has been months and to no avail trying to get the company who can fix it to do the job. Medicare has already said they will pay and the company says after many calls and a congressman requesting help that they promise (again and again ) to send out someone to fix it.

Please pray that Sofia gets the chair fixed before it’s too late. She cannot walk at this point and has no way to be mobile. the price of fixing it is too high so we must rely on Meidcare and the warranty. She is not complaining at all and I feel helpless other than to care for her. I am watching her get worse everyday physically.

Please consider adding this request for her to Saint Joseph along with your Novena requests. Thank you.

God love you (as Sofia says)
Pvt Sarah Campbell WIARNG

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Novena to Saint Joseph

StJosephO St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Whosoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.

Make this prayer known everywhere.

Imprimatur:
Most Rev. George W. Ahr
Bishop of Trenton

(June 23, 1904—May 5, 1993)

Ironically this Bishop who put his Imprimatur on this prayer (Over 1900 years old) was the Bishop who confirmed Sofia!


Join us in asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for our New Pope, Francis: Novena – Day Five

15 March 2013

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Update: We welcome our new Holy Father, Francis by continuing this Novena to St Joseph in preparation for His Holiness,Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Thank you to His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan with requesting this Novena as it seems the patron Saint of the Universal Church is indeed, listening!

Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope
posted atThe Gospel in the Digital Age
by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feast day is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility. What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal. Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feast day?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feast day (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter. Will you join me?

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph – Day Five

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.


Join us in asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for our New Pope, Francis: Novena – Day Four

14 March 2013

14 March 2013 Anno Domini

Update: We welcome our new Holy Father, Francis by continuing this Novena to St Joseph in preparation for His Holiness,Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Thank you to His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan with requesting this Novena as it seems the patron Saint of the Universal Church is indeed, listening!

Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope
posted atThe Gospel in the Digital Age
by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feast day is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility. What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal. Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feast day?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feast day (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter. Will you join me?

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph – Day Four

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.


Join us in asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for our New Pope, Francis: Novena – Day Three

14 March 2013

13 March 2013 Anno Domini

Update: We welcome our new Holy Father, Francis by continuing this Novena to St Joseph in preparation for His Holiness,Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. thank you to His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan with requesting this Novena as it seems the patron Saint of the Universal Church is indeed, listening!

Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope
posted atThe Gospel in the Digital Age
by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feast day is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility. What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal. Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feast day?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feast day (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter. Will you join me?

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph – Day Three

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.


Join us in asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope: Novena – Day Two

12 March 2013

12 March 2013 Anno Domini
Asking St. Joseph to Help Us Prepare for a New Pope
posted atThe Gospel in the Digital Age
by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

It seems so providential that we would meet here in Rome for this extraordinarily significant event during Lent.

These forty days are a sacred occasion of recalling the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the Paschal Mystery – uniting ourselves to the death of Jesus by dying to sin, through prayer, sacrifice, and acts of charity, so that we might rise with Him to life at Easter.

Sure enough, the Church is experiencing death, as we observe the passing of a beloved Pontiff, and await the rebirth that comes with the election of a new one.

And these days of transition allow us as the Church to die to sin, corruption, scandal, and evil, even in the members of the Church – including her leaders – so that the Church can then rise to renewed life.

It also seems providential that we undergo this passing of one Pope and the rising up of a new one during March, classically devoted to St. Joseph (whose feast day is March 19th).

St. Joseph, a man of silence – and we need quiet reflection as the College of Cardinals and members of the Church;

St. Joseph, a man who dealt with emergencies – – think of his virgin wife’s “untimely,” embarrassing pregnancy; the birth of Jesus in exile, in a stable; the flight to Egypt to escape a murdering tyrant, the three-day loss of his boy – – with calmness, trust in God, and responsibility. What an example he is as we see so many “emergencies” in the Church and the world today!

St. Joseph, ever attentive to God’s will, placing Jesus and Mary at the heart of his life, reliable in his duties to care and protect his virgin wife and adopted son; a working-man who took pride in his profession as a carpenter.

No wonder we call him the Patron of the Church Universal. Wouldn’t it be great to have a new Pope by his feast day?

I’m going to begin a novena to him on March 11, nine days of prayer in preparation for his feast day (two days after St. Patrick’s Day), asking him and his virgin-wife to look after the Church, and get us an inspired new Successor of St. Peter. Will you join me?

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph – Day Two

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.


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