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Thursday, 19 March 2015

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

St. Joseph's title of Patron of the Universal Church is my favorite title for him.

As the Church is in so much danger, here is a good prayer to him for today, his feast.

My sister, who died a long time ago, would have been sixty today. She is in heaven, with the little ones who die after baptism, and at the age of innocence.

She stands with the little virgins before the throne of God. May she, little St. Elizabeth Ann, bring this prayer to Joseph today, as she was born on his feast day in 1955 and died almost exactly one year later.

O most poweful patriarch, Saint Joseph, patron of that universal Church which has always invoked thee in anxieties and tribulations; from the lofty seat of thy glory lovingly regard the Catholic world. Let it move thy paternal heart to see the mystical spouse of Christ and His vicar weakened by sorrow and persecuted by powerful enemies. We beseech thee, by the most bitter suffering thou didst experience on earth, to wipe away in mercy the tears of the revered pontiff, to defend and liberate him, and to intercede with the Giver of peace and charity, that every hostile power being overcome and every error being destroyed, the whole Church may serve the God of all blessings in perfect liberty.