father of Jesus. Chosen gratuitously by the Eternal Father with provident
love to be custodian and defender of Jesus, O Saint Joseph, you enter fully
in the project of Salvation, according to the promises made by God
to the Hebrew people. Help me, Saint Joseph, to read today, with love,
the Gospel that describes Jesus' genealogy.
custodian. During Jesus' terrestrial life, O Saint Joseph, you
have not worried about making big things but to make the will of God
with zeal and love, even in the simplest and humblest things. Teach me,
O Saint Joseph, readiness to look for and to carry out the will of God.
of the Mother of God.
After the initial doubts, O Saint Joseph, your yes to the will of God
was clear and precise, accepting Mary as wife. Then, because of you, Jesus
entered in the genealogy of David with full right before the law and society.
We put in your custody, O Saint Joseph, all the parents so that following
your example they accept the invaluable gift of human life.
man of silence. You were used to silence, O Saint Joseph, being
with Jesus and Mary. The house of Nazareth was a temple and in a temple,
we pray!. Teach me, O Saint Joseph, to dominate my loquacity and
to cultivate a quiet spirit.
of faith. More than Abraham, O Saint Joseph, your faith was tried in
what is humanly unthinkable: the maternity of a virgin, the incarnation
of the Son of God.
Fortify, O Saint Joseph, the disheartened souls and open our hearts to
trust in the Providence of God.
of hope. In Jesus' person, O Saint Joseph, you had the guarantee
of heaven and, therefore, you always were filled with a deep interior peace.
Increase, O Saint Joseph, my reasons to be courageous and feed the oil
for my lamps.
Man that loves God.
Saint Joseph, you demonstrated your love for God
taking loving care of Jesus in hidden life and in deep concordance with
the will of God.
Teach me, O Saint Joseph, to love God
with all my heart, with all my mind and with all my strength.
Man of welcome.O Saint Joseph, you showed your spirit of welcome in
the affectionate fondness with which you received your wife; in the services
given to people; and being always beside Jesus, the Savior of our souls.
O Saint Joseph, may I discover those acts that transform me in a living
image of God's
love, the welcome and peace actions and the acts of readiness and
of unconditional dedication!.
Man of the discernment. With the eyes of the soul, O Saint Joseph, you
arranged your life of piety, your work, your nourishment, your rest, your
deeper thoughts, your affections, your trials, your intentions in deeds,
help me to advance in virtue by the action of the Holy Spirit that renovates
the life in people and communities.
Saint Thomas defines the docility as a constant and deferential
attention to the teachings of the sages. You, O Joseph, always were very
docile to the teachings of Jesus and of María, His Mother.
Take away from us, O Saint José, the presumption, the baseless overrating
of our opinions and the obstinacy of following our ideas.
Man of abnegation. You, O Saint Joseph, never wasted time in vain and
useless things and you didn't work with displeasure or ill will. Help me,
O Saint Joseph, in prayer, not to allow my soul to be tepid and help me
reach a habitual disposition and fervor in my life.
This virtue O Saint Joseph, was part of your character
and every day was perfected by your adherence to God.
Help me, O Saint Joseph, to adhere and love only God
and to leave out all that is not good for my spiritual life.
Man of confidence. Your security O Saint Joseph, was in attaching your
will to the will of God
as was manifested day after day. Make, O Saint Joseph, that we have
the security of those who trust God,and
that in all situations, even adverse, we rest meekly in His hands.
of peace. You, Joseph, were the custodian of He who brought peace
to the world and preached love, fraternity and union. He who proclaimed
" happy those that work for peace".
O Saint Joseph, help me to promote peace where I live and work.
You felt small in your own eyes, O Saint Joseph!, how you
loved your littleness!. You didn't make miracles and you maintained your
life so hidden that almost nothing is known about you. Help me, O Saint
Joseph, to run away from commendations and of human glory.
Make that I find pleasure in living hidden and not follow my personal interest.
of strength. O Saint Joseph, your strength reached a very
high degree of perfection . It was particularly shown in bearing with serenity
the exile in Egypt
and the hardness of the work of every day. Help me O Saint Joseph, not
to yield in front of temptations, fatigues and sufferings.
Your obedience, O Saint Joseph, was admirable, especially
when you had to escape to Egypt, after an order that you had so many reasons
for not carrying out. Take away from me, O Saint Joseph, all the
excuses that my selfishness outlines not to fulfil God's
Living far from the things of the world, O Saint Joseph,
you always practiced the virtue of justice especially through your
work of carpenter. Always with respect and love towards the King and the
Queen of Heaven! Help me reach, O Saint Joseph, total purity of intentions
and of heart and full adhesion to God
and His will.
Your wisdom, O Saint Joseph, was shown in your indifference
for the world, in chastity, in poverty, in your poverty of spirit
and in the dedication to the work of every day. Make, O Saint Joseph
that I don't make anything without confirming "that
it serves for eternity".
O Saint Joseph, you that lived voluntary poverty,
you that suffered the privations and the sorrows of poverty, never
wanted to change your condition for any treasure of this world. Help me,
O Saint Joseph, to get the grace of detachment from the world's wealth
and only search for the eternal good.
Day 21: Example
of gratitude. Nobody except your Wife, O Saint Joseph, received as much
as you, from God's kindness. In your justice you gave God
ceaseless thanks. You were always in His presence, He was always in your
thoughts; you didn't work but for Him. Make, O Saint Joseph that
I feel ashamed of my ingratitudes and be humble before Him.
Example to workers. As all of us, also you, O Saint Joseph, tasted
fatigue, and the weariness of every day´s work. Help me, O Saint
Joseph, to rediscover the dignity of work and realize it with enthusiasm
and good will.
O, Saint Joseph, how great was your love for all the
souls! How many prayers made for their salvation! And all that inspired
by Christ that would die for the salvation of the world!. Make, O Saint
Joseph that I could, with words and deeds help people to find Jesus, the
Word that give definitive answer to man's essential questions.
The Voice of the Holy Spirit found in you, O Saint Joseph
total welcome, because your life was filled of God
and your force was only the love that you had for Him. Make, O Saint Joseph,
that I leave my ways and follow only God
that calls me to participate of His life, and that I can make fructify
O Saint Joseph, all your life was marked by suffering:
exile, work, poverty. But your heart was happy and your soul always serene.
Help me O Saint Joseph, to realize that eternal life and not
pain is man's true vocation. Preserve me now and always from the crying
of those that don't have hope.
for the ailing people. In your life, O Saint Joseph, not everything
was clear and easy of understanding. However you knew how to find your
unique and irrepetible mission in history. I request from you, O Saitn
Joseph, to comfort all those persons that are afflicted by illnesses. Fill
their days with friendly and helpful people .
of dying people. O Saint Joseph, you had the luck to die attended
by Jesus and your wife María. You always had present in your life
the final goal: Heaven , with the certainty of reaching
it; always attentive to your interior
life and dedicated to contemplation . Help me, O Saint
Joseph, to often think of heaven where we all are invited to the eternal
O Saint Joseph, the Gospel affirms that at your side and
María's, Jesus "grew in age,
wisdom and grace". I request from you, O Saint
Joseph that children find in their families the ideal atmosphere to develop
love and learn to keep real truth in their hearts.
Saint Joseph, you fully took your responsibility in the Family of Nazaret
with spirit of collaboration and of evangelical humility. Make, O
Saint Joseph that parents know how to unite all the potential of human
love to those of a healthy and appropriate spirituality.
O Saint Joseph, fortified by the presence and the memory
of Jesus you have been able to always conquer any attack against your faith
by the demon. Clean, O Saint Joseph, my heart
and my mind of all wickedness so that I be
a true Christian in my life redeemed by the blood of Christ.
of the Universal church. O Saint Joseph, for the mission that
was given to you: that Christ's church always walk in truth and love,
being light of the world. Guide O Saint Joseph, the Church of Christ
on the way to sanctity so that it is always more effective and cheerful
proclaimer of the Gospel.
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