The journey through life of the G-Man. His trials, tribulations, and how he rediscovers the Catholic Church.
Monday, April 27, 2020
SAINT JOSEPH NOVENA - DAY 5
On the fifth day of our Novena, let us ask Saint Joseph to give us strength.
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. Amen.
God alone could grant Joseph the ability to believe the Angel. God alone will give you the ability to raise your family according to his will. Ask Him for this grace. God loves when we ask Him what he already wishes to give. Ask him for the grace of a true and ever more faithful love modeled after his own. As a psalm magnificently puts it: his “love is established for ever, his loyalty will stand as long as the heavens” (Ps 88:3). As you face the challenges of life, take courage! Your life is priceless in the eyes of God! Let Christ take hold of you, agree to pledge your love to him… I would like to say: God loves you, He has not forgotten you, and Saint Joseph is protecting you! Invoke Him with confidence! (Benedict XVI, Homily, March 19, 2009)
Saint Joseph, prudent and brave, 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. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"We can only feel the greatest respect towards the humble and gentle Joseph, because his identity is a shadow of the Father’s... Joseph was a kind of apparition of the Father in this world, of the Unbegotten and Eternal One. He is gentle, merciful, poor and unknown, passive and docile. At the same time he is the impregnable fortress that protected Mary's honor and Jesus' life." (Louis Veuillot)