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SAINT OF THE MONTH

Saint Joseph
Feast Day - March 19

SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, foster father of Christ, husband of Mary, protector of the universal Church, and patron of happy death. By a mystery of Providence devotion to St. Joseph did not flourish in the Middle Ages but was reserved for our day, though many saints, like Bernard of Clairvaux, praised his virtues and singular privileges.

In the fifteenth century St. Bernard of Siena actively spread his cult but it was particularly St. Teresa of Avila who popularized him in a lengthy passage of her autobiography. "I cannot call to mind," she writes, "that I have ever asked him at any time for anything which he has not granted ... To other saints our Lord seems to have given grace to help men in some special necessity; but to this glorious saint, I know by experience, he as given grace to help us in all" (life 6). Her first reformed convent was dedicated to St. Joseph.

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PRAYER OF THE MONTH

Prayer

Dear St. Joseph, whom we venerate with Mary and Jesus as the Holy Family, keep our family well and holy as we strive to imitate you here on earth.

Assist us to fulfill our solemn parental duties of safeguarding and nurturing humanly and spiritually the cherished children God has given us.

Keep them safe from physical and moral harm and inspire them to make wise choices in life that reflect their ongoing love of the Lord and eagerness to serve Him faithfully through life.

Extend your protective hand over all the members of the church as their beloved patron and protector. We ask this in Jesus' name under Mary's loving gaze.

Amen.

 

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