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Monday, March 9, 2009

Between Novena prayers

I'll post prayers , meditations and many other devotionals in honour of Saint Joseph , most blessed and chaste Foster Father of Jesus Christ , our Lord .
Join me in prayers , knowing that the man nearest to Christ Jesus was His Foster Father, Joseph the carpenter.

John the Baptist saw Christ briefly near the Jordan and knew that his work as Precursor was over.
The Apostles lived and worked with Christ during the brief days of His public life.
But Joseph presided over the events of Christ's Infancy, provided for Him the house that sheltered Him from birth to baptism, and was of all the men of earth the one at whose hands Jesus received most in service and love and unselfish devotion.
Born of a royal line, Joseph was a carpenter.
That trade He passed on to His foster Holy and Sacred Son.
Joseph was destined to immortal honors of the Church, yet no spoken word of his is recorded in the Scriptures.
Still the Church with good reason is saying out,
"Go to Joseph."
St. Teresa of Avila had a great devotion and she thaught us to pray and ask merciful intercession of St. Joseph.
From "The Autobiography of St. Teresa", chapter 6...
"I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles concerning my honor and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater blessings than I could ask of him. I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul. To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succor us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succors us in them all and that the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian and being called His father, he could command Him)
just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth."
"I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good."
"I only beg, for the love of God, that anyone who does not believe me will put what I say to the test, and he will see by experience what great advantages come from his commending himself to this glorious patriarch and having devotion to him. Those who practice prayer should have a special affection for him always. I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the Angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to Saint Joseph for the way he helped them. If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray."
Knowing all these we shall confidently pray:
The Prayer of Saint Joseph
O God, who in Thine ineffable providence was pleased to choose blessed Joseph for the spouse of thy most Holy and forever Immaculate Mother of Christ , grant we beseech Thee, that we may be worthy to have Him for our intercessor in Heaven , whom we venerate as our Protector on earth. Amen.

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