St. Joseph, pray for me!
Dear Family of Mary!
Today we begin 33 days of prayer to St. Joseph, ending on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, Mary. There are many initiatives this year to honor St. Joseph and ask his intercession! I want to suggest a daily prayer that we who are responding to Our Lady of Medjugorje might pray together.
It is clear that St. Joseph was chosen to be the husband of Mary, and he was the perfect choice! St. Joseph listened always to God, who spoke to Him in dreams. He understood his call to be a chaste husband, one who would protect Mary and Jesus and provide for them as best he could. Joseph was always aware of his role as a support to the lives of Jesus and Mary!
And so, we who are living our lives in response to the call of Our Lady of Medjugorje, can learn so much from Joseph’s example. We can learn to listen to Jesus and Mary, to put their needs before our own, to follow the Holy Spirit in every situation, and to pray constantly. St. Joseph is a perfect model for us in the call to respond to Our Lady. He knew how to put her first, and we can learn from him.
So here is a short prayer we might pray every day until the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19. I chose a message from Our Lady that makes our job clear as well. May we take seriously our role as Our Lady’s children, serving her in these most difficult days. She needs us to be faithful and steadfast, just like St. Joseph!
Prayer to St. Joseph (adapted from St. Bernardine of Siena)
Oh my beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as thy child. Take charge of my salvation; watch over me day and night; preserve me from the occasions of sin; obtain for me purity of body. Through thy intercession with Jesus, grant me a spirit of sacrifice, humility, self-denial, burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet and tender love for Mary, my mother.
O Blessed St. Joseph, pray for me, that I may serve the Blessed Virgin Mary in her battle against the devil in these last days, always living her messages and answering her call from Medjugorje, so that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will Triumph in this world.
Finally, St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying, and obtain for me a favorable judgement from Jesus, my merciful Savior. Amen.
Dear St. Joseph, help me respond to this message from Our Lady:
“Dear children! Today in a special way I invite you all to prayer and renunciation. For now as never before Satan wants to show the world his shameful face by which he wants to seduce as many people as possible onto the way of death and sin. Therefore, dear children, help my Immaculate Heart to triumph in the sinful world. I beseech all of you to offer prayers and sacrifices for my intentions so I can present them to God for what is most necessary. Forget your desires, dear children, and pray for what God desires, and not for what you desire. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (September 25, 1991)
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
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