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May 1, 2019
St. Joseph the Worker

Dear Family of Mary!

Today is the Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker! I am convinced that St. Joseph has come to be with Mary TV in a powerful way this year! Denis and I feel that it is St. Joseph who has looked after the creation of the Mary TV Studio in Medjugorje, and that he is happily joining in the work! We have had cement layers, building engineers (Franjo!!), construction crews, electricians, plasterers, mechanical workers, carpenters, painters, plumbers, tile layers, architects, internet and streaming engineers (Matt, Pete, Kiki, Mario, Anthony and more) and TV engineers (most notably, Tom Matasso) working together to build the TV Studio in Medjugorje! Talk about incredible workers!! St. Joseph must feel so happy to be among such workers!! (Please pray for all of these people, that they will be blessed for helping Mary TV!)

Today, I would like to thank St. Joseph for looking after Mary TV. I am sure Our Lady sent him to us, knowing that we needed his expertise and protection. It has been amazing!

Here is a prayer to St. Joseph that I like very much. It isn’t directly about his role as a workman, but it covers all the works of loving service that St. Joseph did for Jesus and Mary. I am moved by St. Joseph’s self-sacrifice. He teaches us so much about loving and serving Jesus and Mary. You can pray this prayer for 30 days. If we start today, we would end on the eve of the Feast of the Visitation. Joseph on the first day of May and Mary on the last!!

Thirty Days Prayer to Saint Joseph
To be prayed any 30 days of the year.

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection. Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world’s Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt. I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the Child Jesus. I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary’s glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God.

O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask.

(Here make your request for Saint Joseph’s intercession.)

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Amen

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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