The journey through life of the G-Man. His trials, tribulations, and how he rediscovers the Catholic Church.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
SAINT JOSEPH NOVENA - DAY 1
A Novena to St. Joseph for these troubled times please pray along every day.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Prayer of Pope Leo XIII to Saint Joseph - spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you to graciously regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your 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, keep away every contagion of
error and corrupting influence from us;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
against the power of darkness.
As you once 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 your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.
The silence of Saint Joseph is steeped in contemplation of the mystery of God in an attitude of total availability to the Divine Will. In other words, Saint Joseph's silence does not express an inner emptiness but, on the contrary, the fullness of the faith he bears in his heart and which guides his every thought and action.
Joseph, with Mary, uses this silence to continually meditate on the Word of God, known through Sacred Scriptures, comparing it with the events of the life of Jesus; his silence is woven of a constant prayer of blessing of the Lord, of adoring his holy will and entrusting his family unreservedly to God’s Providence.
It is no exaggeration to say that Jesus learned from this adoptive father, according to his human nature, that steadfast interior life which forms the basis of true justice, the kind of "superior justice" that he taught to his disciples (cf. Mt 5: 20).
Let us ask Saint Joseph to teach us this holy and formative silence. In a world filled with noise, preventing us to ever hear God talking to us, let us thrive to practice his inner recollection so we may welcome and cherish Jesus in our own lives. (Benedict XVI, Angelus, St Peter’s Square, December 18, 2005)
Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, protector of the Holy Church, pray for us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be ...
Prayer of Pope Francis
Protect, O Holy Guardian, this our nation.
Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know - as you do - how to care for those entrusted to their responsibility.
Grant intelligence of knowledge to those seeking adequate means for the health and physical well-being of their brothers and sisters.
Sustain those who are dedicating their efforts to serve those in need, even at the cost of their own safety: the volunteers, nurses, and doctors working on the front lines in tending to the sick.
O Saint Joseph, bless the Church: beginning with her ministers, make her the sign and instrument of your light and your goodness.
O Saint Joseph, protect our families: with your prayerful silence, create harmony between parents and their children, especially with the youngest.
Preserve the elderly from loneliness: grant that no one might be left in desperation from abandonment and discouragement.
Comfort those who are the most frail, encourage those who falter, intercede for the poor. With the Virgin Mother, beg the Lord to liberate the world from every form of pandemic.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"The veil that hid the name and the power of the venerable Joseph during the early Christian era seems an extension of the silence in which he enveloped his mortal career. It is the continuation of this hidden life whose splendors were to fill the minds and hearts of the faithful with wonder, in proportion to the time it took to be revealed." (Cardinal Pie)