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Some Helpful Prayers to St. Joseph April 23, 2018

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I try to read at least one book on Good St. Joseph every year, and this year I found a very good one at the Our Lady’s Army Conference in DFW last month.  It’s The Divine Favors Granted to St. Joseph by Pere Binet.  It’s a very nice little book, containing more than just the usual history of devotion to St. Joseph or his small role in Scripture, but it is an extended examination of the divine favors he received as revealed through the revelations to various other Saints and the thoughts of many Church Fathers on the subject.

The book closes with a series of prayers to St. Joseph, some of which were new to me, at least, and I felt several of them deserved to be shared with a wider audience.  I will repeat again, as I always do when mentioning St. Joseph, my full concurrence with the great Saint and Doctor Teresa of Avila, that St. Joseph is an unbelievably powerful intercessor and helper to souls in need (which, of course, is all of us), and is unwaveringly loyal in seeing our requests through to fruition, provided they are in accord with God’s Will.  Just last night and today I had direct evidence of St. Joseph’s total effectiveness as an intercessor.  He’s especially helpful for husbands and fathers, but he helps all souls, of course.  He and Our Lady should be our first recourse when we have particular needs to offer up to Our Blessed Lord.

The first prayer is a prayer for the welfare of Holy Mother Church:

To thee, Blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also.  By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.  Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption; mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in his our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that, supported by thine example and thine assistance, we may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come at least ot the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven.  Amen.

Next, a Prayer for the Triumph of the Church.  I can think of few prayers more needed in this time.

O glorious St. Joseph, chosen by God to be the foster-father of Jesus, the chaste spouse of Mary ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family, and then appointed by the Vicar of Christ to be the heavenly patron and defender of the Church founded by Jesus, most confidently do I implore thee at this moment thy powerful aid for all the Church Militant on earth.  Do thou shield with thy truly paternal love especially the Supreme Pontiff and all the bishops and priests who are in union with the Holy See of Peter from all error, stain of corruption, and deviation from the Truth of Jesus Christ.  Be the defender of all who labor for souls amidst the trials and tribulations of this life, and cause all the peoples of the earth to submit themselves in a docile spirit to that Church which is the sole ark of salvation for all men.

Be pleased also, dear St. Joseph, to accept this dedication of myself which I now make unto thee.  I dedicate myself wholly to thee, that thou mayest ever be my father, my patron and may guide in the way of salvation.  Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent devotion to the interior life.  Grant that, following thine example, I may direct all my actions to the greater glory of God, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in union with thee. Finally, pray for me, that I may be a partaker in the peace and joy which were thine at the hour of thy holy death.  Amen.

Prayer for a Happy Death.  I’ve seen similar prayers before, but I found this one to be especially beautiful:  

O glorious St. Joseph, behold I choose thee today for my special patron in life and at the hour of my death.  Preserve and increase in me the spirit of prayer and fervor in the service of God.  Remove far from me every kind of sin; obtain for me that my death may not come upon me unawares, but that I may have time to confess my sins sacramentally and have access to all the aids Holy Mother Church makes available to souls departing this life.  May I bewail all my sins with a most perfect understanding and a most sincere contrition, in order htat I may breathe forth my soul into the hands of Jesus and Mary.  Amen.

Finally, and I think also so vital in this time, a prayer to St. Joseph for purity.  No soul, saving except Our Lady, practiced purity and perfect continence so well as St. Joseph, who, though married, abstained from the marital bed and never engaged in acts suitable for the creation of new life.  I pray that St. Joseph may intercede with Our Blessed Lord to raise up many more such souls in this time of mass lasciviousness:

Saint Joseph, father and guardian of virgins, into whose faithful keeping were entrusted Innocence Itself, Christ Jesus, and Mary, the Virgin of virgins and sinless Mother of God, I pray and beseech thee, through Jesus and Mary, those pledges so dear to thee, to intercede for me that I may be kept from all uncleanness, and to grant that my mind may be untainted, my heart pure and my body chaste; help me always to serve Jesus and Mary in perfect chastity. Amen.

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I pray you find these prayers useful!  As for me, I plan to make the Prayer for the Triumph of the Church a daily prayer of mine.  It’s not about what’s good for the earthly glory of the Church, but what is good for souls.

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Helpful Prayers to St. Joseph February 7, 2018

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These prayers are new to me.  Hopefully they will be to you, too.  I found them in the book A Manual of Practical Devotion to St. Joseph by Fr. Patrignani, SJ.  The book is a veritable bible of means of practicing devotion to St. Joseph.  I have found it edifying to read, as someone who trusts immensely in the intercession and spiritual guidance of St. Joseph.

A Prayer for Purity

O holy St. Joseph, father and guardian of virgins, to whose fidelity was confided Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, the Virgin of virgins; I supplicate myself and conjure you, through Jesus and Mary, this sacred deposit which is so dear to your heart, to grant that, preserved from all sin, and perfectly pure in mind, heart, and body, I may have the happiness of always serving Jesus and Mary very faithfully.  Amen.

Ejaculatory Prayer

Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, I give you my heart and my life.  Jesus, Joseph and Mary, assist me in my last agony.  Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, grant that I may die in your holy company. (three hundred day’s indulgence, applicable to the souls in Purgatory)

Prayer for a person with a laborious occupation:

Blessed Joseph, who have passed your life in the painful labors of a humble profession, I take you as my model and my protector.  Obtain for me that I may bear patiently the pains and fatigues of my state, that, like you, sanctifying my labors, I may merit a crown in Heaven. Amen.

Prayer to Implore the Protection of St. Joseph

What consolation do I feel, O my admirable and powerful protector, in hearing your servant, St. Teresa, assure us that no one ever invoked you in vain, and that all those who have a true devotion to you, and who seek your help with confidence, are always heard!  Animated with a like confidence, I have recourse to you, O worthy spouse of the Virgin of virgins; I take refuge at your feet; and a sinner though I am, I dare to present myself tremblingly to you.  Do not reject my humble prayers, O you that have borne the glorious name of Father of Jesus, listen favorably to them, and deign to intercede with Him who has been wiling to be called your Son, and Who has always honored you as His father. Amen.

Act of Consecration to St. Joseph

O blessed St. Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honor, and give myself entirely to you.  Be always my father, my protector, and my guide, in the way of salvation.  Obtain for me a great purity of heart, and a practical love of the interior life.  After your example, may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the divine hearts of Jesus and Mary.  And, in fine, deign, blessed Joseph, to make me participate in the delights of your holy death. Amen.

Beautiful Exegesis on St. Joseph as Patron of Family and Educators November 29, 2017

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As to educators, that most certainly includes homeschooling parents.

From a long book called A Manual of Practical Devotion to St. Joseph by Fr. Patrignani, SJ (don’t worry, the book was published in 1865, a century forty years before the Jesuits lost their minds), some excerpts from pp. 48-51 on the benefits of cultivating a strong devotion to St. Joseph.  I know I have extolled the virtues of such devotion on many occasions, but it never  hurts to hear a reminder.  From personal experience, I can attest to the incredible efficacy of St. Joseph’s intercession in numerous matters, but especially those related closely to the family and raising of children.  I pray you find this little meditation useful!  It also contains discussion on turning to Saint Joseph as both a model and intercessor for a successful Catholic marriage.  Would that more couples had made recourse to such devotion over the past 60 years or so, the Church (and world) would not be in the terrible shape it is in, where the Catholic (or “Catholic”) divorce rate exceeds that of the general population!

At any rate, begin excerpt:

The world may be compared to a vast ocean, agitated by a tempest, and the most dangerous rock within its bosom is the marriage state, for scarcely a day passes on which we do not therein witness some new wreck; whence it follows, that those who are exposed to such a danger, would require a good pilot to conduct them safely into port; and where meet a more experienced one than our glorious Saint, who, in accordance with the designs of God, embraced that state, and is a model for those who desire to render it conducive both to their temporal and their eternal welfare?  Scripture informs us that the patriarch Joseph brought down the benediction of Heaven not only on Potiphar’s household, but also on Pharaoh’s court and the entire kingdom.  This prosperity continued as long as the king followed the advice of Joseph, his prime minister; but when, on the accession of a new sovereign, Joseph was dismissed from office, how changed was the scene!  “A new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph” (Ex i).

Does not this metaphor clearly indicate to all Christian families, that God will give a special blessing to those who duly honor the second Joseph, who is as superior to the former, as the substance is to the shadow?  You then, heads of families, if you wish your children to be well brought up, if you wish to ensure peace in your married state, fidelity in your servants, patience in tribulations, in a word, if you desire that your household should be well regulated, and live in peace and tranquility, place it under the protection of him whom God has constituted head of the Holy Family.  Let Joseph be your counselor, your steward, your example; God Himself has appointed him such for those who are engaged in the married state……

……Those who are charged with the instruction and education of children, are particularly called upon to choose St. Joseph as their guide and patron in an employment so useful to religion; since having been the master and guardian of the Most High, he has received from Him peculiar graces and favors for the protection of youth.  The young Tobias had an angel as his guardian,but Jesus would have no other guardian than St. Joseph [no other earthly guardian recorded in Scripture, aside from being ministered to by angels during His agony. Beyond that, there is a great deal of speculation regarding the degree to which Heaven aided Christ at various points in His ministry, and whether, or to what degree, He enjoyed special/supernatural protections or aid].  Hence, the brothers of the Christian schools, and many other societies, have placed their schools, especially those for young children, under the special protection of St. Joseph. The interpreters of Scripture and ecclesiastical writers, have given him various names, as those of father, foster-father, guardian, guide of Jesus Christ.  All these functions which he fulfilled towards an Infant-God, he still continues to exercise in favor of those colleges and seminaries which are entrusted to his paternal vigilance. Superiors and masters may learn of him the charity, prudence, vigilance, and the other virtues, requisite for governing well. On their side, likewise, the pupils may receive from the Child Jesus the most perfect examples of docility, respect, and love, towards their masters and superiors.

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I can only repeat the great personal benefits I have received through devotion to St. Joseph, in both the material and spiritual sense.  I cannot stress enough what great benefits derive from St. Joseph’s intercession, and what an ideal model he makes for fatherhood and as a husband.  If you want to implement Ephesians v:25 appropriately, there is no greater model than St. Joseph.  He loved Our Lady as perfectly as a man can, through His love for his Son, Jesus Christ.

A Post In Thanksgiving to St. Joseph and Our Lady May 4, 2017

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I have had a particular need at various times over the past year or so that has caused me to seek out the extremely powerful intercession of St. Joseph and Our Lady, but particularly the former.  I don’t want to go into detail on the need, as it is personal, but over and over again, and in a most miraculous way, this need has been met.  If I ever had doubt of the efficaciousness (I may have made that up) of Grace or the value of intercessory prayer on the part of Saints (I haven’t, not for a long time), these experiences over the past year have obliterated that.

Thank you St. Joseph.  Thank you Blessed Mother.  Please continue interceding for me in this need.  May God be praised in His glory for deigning to respond to this need from a weak soul.

I wanted to give public testimony to this, because while the need is personal, the intercession I have received is over and above what I even dared to hope.  Our God is truly a generous God.

If you ever have a particular need, I cannot recommend turning to good St. Joseph enough.  He has such concern for souls and has such great intercessory power with his Son that the results are frequently amazing.

Two Complimentary Views of the Crisis in the Church May 1, 2017

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I originally thought to frame this post as two contrasting views, but that wouldnt’ be right.  Yes the Church is in dire straits, possibly enduring the worst crisis in her long history, as Michael Matt notes in the first video, but that might only make the likelihood of God working a miraculous turnaround even greater, as the priest notes in the second video.

Both are very much worth your time and consideration, especially, in the first, for the heartfelt eulogy Mr. Matt delivers for his departed friend and co-worker in the devastated vineyard, John Vennari.  I think there is worth in fleshing out something Matt alludes to, as well: he repeatedly defends Vennari, and himself, for their “strident” beliefs in noting they were simply elucidating the Doctrine of the Faith as it has always been believed and practiced.  The other side, the progressive-modernist side, does not get this; because they elevate, heck, exalt, their own opinion above that of the solemnly defined Doctrine of the Faith to such a marked extent, they assume everyone else must do this as well.  Thus they smear Catholics with “extemism” in defending what has always been the de fide mind of the Church, but which so many, including probably most bishops, now dismiss as mere opinion.

It’s a good video:

Also worth watching is this video on on the great corollary notion, the historical fact of God working improbable, even impossible turnarounds, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat time and time again.  Now most of the examples below are examples of personal conversion or healing, rather than the societal/ecclesiastical restoration, which we desperately need today, but there are certainly plenty of the latter I can think of.  The Counter-Reformation, what might better be called the Great Catholic Counter-revolution, is probably the most obvious.  There were a dozen different periods between 1520 and 1660 when the entire Catholic Faith faced seeming extinction in the face of the protestant onslaught.

And, of course, it was Athanasius contra mundum in 320 or so.  Then there was Joan of Arc saving France from English domination and, through that and the folly of Henry VIII, the ascendance of false protestantism over Christianity in the 16th century.  The very foundation of our Faith is based in a miraculous recovery from the darkest of events, when it seemed the Savior of the world had been put to death and crushed beneath a tyrannical people’s hatred.

But there is some really interesting catechesis from ~13:00 – 17:30 when the priest discusses the role of the occult on both the Allied and Axis side in WWII and the ascendance of the post-Christian ultra-rationalist cult of scientific materialism since.  We are plainly as a culture and Church experiencing God’s wrath for our lack of faith and deviance from not only devotion to Him but to the very truth itself.

The sermon also includes an illuminating study of the horrid pantheistic neo-pagan cult ceremony that marked the opening of the Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland.  That was a literal flipping of the bird towards God.  And yes there was a Catholic priest, in addition to a protestant pseudo-cleric, a rabbi, and an imam there to bless it all.  But Father sees much greater meaning in a performance that many just saw as strange, offensive, and gross.  It was a veritable recapping in ghoulish song and perverse dance of the descent of Christendom from its former glory through communistic materialism to the sexual revolution and now into neo-pagan violence, decadence, and self-degradation.  I forgot they had a huge picture of Bahomet on the screen and ultimately ended in Gaia-worship.  How sick.  That part of the sermon from roughly 18:30 – 27:00.  “The highway for hell has been opened for easy travel.”  Indeed.

Father, however, prophecies that we are poised for a great reversal from God.  Historically, however, we have to comprehend that several of these historical reversals entailed destruction on a national or even societal scale in order to clear away all the evil and set a path for restoration.  The fallen pagan order must cease to exist in order for the Reign of Christ to return.

I don’t want to steal all of Father’s thunder but it’s very well worth listening to.

Trust in Saint Joseph! August 24, 2016

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My dear readers, I have intended for some time to share some testimony I have of good St. Joseph’s incredible intercessory power.  As St. Teresa of Avila said, I have stjoseph34_000never known St. Joseph to fail in a intercessory request made with a fervent heart.

Longer-term readers will recall that I was laid off from my job this past February.  I already had a very strong devotion to St. Joseph, offering daily prayers and two perpetual Novenas to this great Saint, so very powerful and so perfectly suited for the needs of fathers and workers.  I of course turned to him in this time of need, less for myself, but so that I could continue to provide for the many souls who depend upon me.

Needless to say, St. Joseph – with the help of my reader’s many prayers, I am sure – came through in spectacular fashion. I am sort of “maxxed out,” if you will, in my Go-to-Josephcareer field and profession.  Without a move into some kind of mid- or upper-management, it would be very difficult for me to find a job with compensation to match the one I lost in February, let alone improve upon that.  And yet, within a week of being laid off, I was already in discussion on a new job that did just that!  And I had that job offer within 5 weeks of being laid off!  The compensation was even a little better than I had previously, which I thought would be almost impossible, humanly speaking, to obtain.  I was not out of work for even two months.  If you recall the circumstances of my layoff, getting notified just days after the birth of our seventh child, you can see how well the Lord, through St. Joseph’s intercession, provided for me and my family!

But that’s not the half of it.  I have had a continuing, ongoing need for the st-josephpast several months. It’s rather personal and I’d rather not go into what it is, but it’s sort of a constant need that requires continuous intervention or intercession.  And, to be quite frank, meeting this need requires what amounts to a miraculous intervention, because, by human  means, there is really no way this need could be met.  There are far too many variables, far too many unprecedented coincidences, for this need to have not only been met once, but over and over again over months.  I attribute this amazing benefit I’ve received to the intercession of St. Joseph, along with the Blessed Mother and my Guardian Angel. All I can say is, St. Joseph, Deo Gratias!

I must also say that St. Joseph played a critical role in my initial conversion and my abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as other, even more deeply attached sins.

family-driven-faith-3 St. Joseph has played a huge role in the transformation of my life, and continues to provide amazing, really supernatural blessings to myself and my family.  I cannot recommend an ongoing, deep devotion to the foster father of the Lord strongly enough.

In mentioning that need above, which has required truly miraculous intercession, this is the prayer I have used as a perpetual Novena going back 2  years or more now.  I pray this every day with my family, and St. Joseph has always provided for us in our needs:

O Glorious St. Joseph, you who have power to render possible even things that are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress. Take this important and difficult affair under your particular protection that it may end happily. (mention your request)

O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in you. Let it not be said that we would invoke you in vain; and since you are so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that your goodness equals your power. Amen.

St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

We follow that with an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.

That’s it!  I think it does help that we pray on our knees and with great devotion. 51josephworker1 Such a short prayer, but one that is very, very powerful.  I can attest to that.

I am not doing this post to brag, or to toot my horn in the slightest.  I have done nothing, other than rely on one of the best gifts Our Lord makes available to us through His Church.

I am doing it to express my heartfelt gratitude to St. Joseph and to encourage others to rely on this benefactor of such sublime power and efficacy.  He is my most trusted Saint and heavenly friend/intercessor, after Our Lady, of course.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Start Novena to St. Joseph TODAY! March 11, 2016

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Sorry I’m a little late, and that the blog has been in a coma of late.  It will probably stay that way for the foreseeable future (saying such typically being associated with a sudden surge in blogging in the past, but probably not this time).  Between job search, spending time with my family (such a blessing), and various things needing to be done around the house, I just haven”t had much time, nor, I must admit, motivation, for blogging.

BUT………I always try to put out reminders about Novenas and post some from time to time, so here goes. The first one actually came from our local TLM parish, so it will be a repeat for many readers, the other is one I have posted in the past:

O glorious descendant of the kings of Judah, Inheritor of the virtues of all the patriarchs.

Just and happy St. Joseph, listen to my prayer. Thou art my glorious protector, and shall

ever be, after Jesus and Mary the object of my most profound veneration and confidence.

Thou art the most hidden, though the greatest Saint, and art particularly the patron of those

who serve God with the greatest purity and fervor. In union with all those who have ever

been most devoted to thee I now dedicate myself to thy service; beseeching thee, for the

sake of Jesus Christ, who vouchsafed to love and obey thee as a son, to become a father to

me; and to obtain for me the filial respect, confidence and love of a child towards thee.

O powerful advocate of all Christians, whose intercession, as St. Theresa assures us, has

never been found to fail, deign to intercede for me now, and to implore for me the

particular intention of this Novena.

(Mention your intentions here)

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Present me O great Saint to the adorable Trinity, with Whom thou hadst so glorious and so

intimate a correspondence. Obtain that I may never efface by sin the Sacred Image

according to the likeness of which, I was created. Beg for me that my divine Redeemer

would enkindle in my heart and in all hearts, the fire of His Love, and infuse therein the

virtues of His adorable infancy, His purity, simplicity, obedience, and humility.

Obtain for me likewise a lively devotion to thy virgin spouse, and protect me so powerfully

in life and death, that I may have the happiness of dying as thou didst, in the friendship of

my Creator, and under the immediate protection of the Mother of God.

Amen

Another, somewhat shorter Novena:

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the immaculate Virgin, Foster-father of Jesus Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request). Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Prayer: Let us Pray! In Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your Most Holy Mother. Grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our protector. You who live and reign forever and ever. AMEN

Not sure when I’ll post again, though I have a lot to say.  I think we’re entering a new phase in this nation’s demise with this 2016 presidential election.  Looks like our choice will be Trump or Hillary – two amoral pro-abort filthy rich New York leftists pretending to be friends of the common man.  Hoo boy, such a choice!  I might just stay home.

There won’t be one brick or stand of wire laid for a border fence under Trump.

Special Prayer to St. Joseph after Rosary (and the sorrows and joys of St. Joseph) November 12, 2015

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For a long time early in this blog’s days I tried to encourage readers to foster a devotion to St. Joseph.  I cannot stress the degree to which that great Saint’s intercession has helped me, and in how many ways.  I consider St. Joseph, along with the prayers of my wife and her download (24)departed mother, as the prime means by which I got clean.  I haven’t shared my getting clean and conversion story much, as far as getting clean, when I finally did in 2007 I was not looking to get clean.  Really a miracle, I suffered very few withdrawals, quitting opioids was  something that more happened to me as a work of Grace, rather than anything I did.  St. Joseph, I am convinced, played a huge role in that.

Of course, good St. Joseph has done far more than that for your not humble enough blogger.  I like to think I have become a far, far better father than I was through the intercession of the foster father of the Lord. I think his intercession has made me a much better man. Certainly his intercession has been vital in my attempts to become a better Catholic. I think he speaks through this blog, in a sense.

So I’ve been remiss in not doing sharing more devotions to St. Joseph over the past 3 years or so.  I’ve been privately using prayers from a nice book of St. Joseph prayers for a while, but for some reason failed to share any with you.  Even though November is not exactly a month dedicated to Our Lady’s chaste spouse and protector, I thought no better time than the present.

The prayer is a beautiful meditation and imprecation to St. Joseph to be prayed after completing a Rosary. I think it very appropriate for this particular time in the history of the Church. After that, I include the seven sorrows and joys particular to St. Joseph. I pray you find this post edifying and helpful!

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also.

By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ. Keep far from us, most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption.  Mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.  Keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that, supported by thine example and thine assistance, we may be enabled to live a holy life, die a happy death, and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven.  

Amen.

I do wonder a bit about prayers that invoke protection from “all adversity.”  Are we not to take up our cross and follow Jesus?  St. Alphonsus says that salvation without suffering is impossible.  So perhaps consider that in the sense of the state of the Church today, where finding the path to sanctity is so difficult, and not in the broad sense of literally all adversity.

 

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The Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph:

  1. The doubt of St. Joseph (Matt i:19)
  2. The poverty of Jesus’ birth (Lk ii:7)
  3. The Circumcision (Lk ii:21)
  4. The prophecy of Simeon (Lk ii:34)
  5. The flight into Egypt (Mt ii:14)
  6. The return from Egypt (Mt ii:22)
  7. The loss of the Child Jesus (Lk ii:45)

The Seven Joys of St. Joseph:StStylianos

  1. The message of the angel (Mt i:20)
  2. The birth of the Savior (Lk ii:7)
  3. The Holy Name of Jesus (Mt i:25)
  4. The effects of the Redemption (Lk ii:34)
  5. The overthrow of the idols of Egypt (Is xix:1)
  6. Life with Jesus and Mary at Nazareth (Lk ii:39)
  7. The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Lk ii:46)

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Catholic Culture: Cord of St. Joseph November 9, 2015

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The Cord of St. Joseph is a Catholic devotion that dates back nearly 400 years. It originated in Antwerp, Belgium in 1637 when an Augustinian nun – a Sister Elizabeth – during a very difficult illness, had a cord made that was specially blessed in St. Joseph’s honor and was subsequently and miraculously healed.  Eventually devotion to the cord  spread, and numberous special graces were obtained through its devout use.  The Cord is used not merely as a remedy against bodily ailments, but most especially as an aid to preserve the virtue of purity.  The devotion was approved by the Sacred Congregation of Rites in 1859 and it was also blessed and approved by Pope Pius IX.

Graces obtained by the wearing of the cord include:

1. St. Joseph’s special protection;
2. Purity of soul;
3. The grace of chastity;
4. Final perseverance;
5. Particular assistance at the hour of death.

NATURE OF THE CORD AND THE MANNER OF WEARING IT

The Cord of St. Joseph should be of thread or cotton, ending at one extremity in seven knots, indicative of the Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph. It is worn as a girdle for purity or chastity and humility and around the shoulders for obedience. It ought to be blessed by a priest with the faculties for this blessing. 

WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR CORD, IT WILL BE A LONG CORD WITH A KNOT AT EACH END.
AT ONE END YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE 6 KNOTS TO ADD TO THE ONE ALREADY THERE. THIS IS THE PART OF THE CORD THAT HANGS FREE AFTER TYING ABOUT THE WAIST OR SHOULDER.

CONDITIONS FOR GAINING THE INDULGENCES

1. Be truly contrite, confess and communicate the day of investiture or wearing it for the first time.
2. If possible visit the church of the Association or an other oratory, if not,  and to pray for peace between  Christian princes or rulers, the extirpation of heresies, and the exaltation of Holy Mother Church.
3. Must be affiliated with the Church of San Rocco at Rome. We do not know how binding this is for Americans or how to contact them. We have provided a link to the Company that distributes the Cord in the U.S. Someone one there may know how to contact that church.
All the indulgences are applicable to the Holy Souls.

The Cord can be order for 3.50 from Mother of the Savior Company, HERE.

I’m wearing one right now.  I can substantiate the Cord’s effectiveness at promoting purity. It has helped me a great deal.  So many souls struggle with purity in these times.  Priests attest to the fact that sins against purity are the most frequent they encounter in the confessional.  Many are addicted to pornography, self-abuse, and even worse.  The Cord of St. Joseph can be a huge help in attaining and retaining purity for souls disposed to amend their lives.  I highly recommend it.

 

The great Pope Gregory XVI against the Revolution in the Church September 21, 2015

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The Revolution – for it is ultimately one – has been brewing for a long time.  It has even found souls within the Church quite willing to support it going back hundreds of years.  For it was many Catholics who brought about the first great outbreak of the Revolution – the protestant revolt.  Men being the fallen creatures we are, temptation to change the Church from the indefectible institution founded by Christ that she is into something more worldly and amenable to men and their corrupt desires is a constant.  Even in the direct aftermath of the hellish chaos and persecution of the French Revolution – part of the second great outbreak of the broader satanic Revolution – there were many within the Church who still desired to reach some kind of accommodation with the many-tentacled Revolution.  It is to those souls that Pope Gregory XVI spoke in his epochal encyclical Mirari Vos. A few selected excerpts (most emphasis mine), in which you might be amazed – or not – to find the very same targets of the Revolution that we see emphasized today.

The Revolution never changes, because its author never changes:

5. We speak of the things which you see with your own eyes, which We both bemoan. Depravity exults; science is impudent; liberty, dissolute. The holiness of the sacred is despised; the majesty of divine worship is not only disapproved by evil men, but defiled and held up to ridicule. Hence sound doctrine is perverted and errors of all kinds spread boldly. The laws of the sacred, the rights, institutions, and discipline — none are safe from the audacity of those speaking evil. Our Roman See is harassed violently and the bonds of unity are daily loosened and severed. The divine authority of the Church is opposed and her rights shorn off. She is subjected to human reason and with the greatest injustice exposed to the hatred of the people and reduced to vile servitude. The obedience due bishops is denied and their rights are trampled underfoot. Furthermore, academies and schools resound with new, monstrous opinions, which openly attack the Catholic faith; this horrible and nefarious war is openly and even publicly waged. Thus, by institutions and by the example of teachers, the minds of the youth are corrupted and a tremendous blow is dealt to religion and the perversion of morals is spread. So the restraints of religion are thrown off, by which alone kingdoms stand. We see the destruction of public order, the fall of principalities, and the overturning of all legitimate power approaching. Indeed this great mass of calamities had its inception in the heretical societies and sects in which all that is sacrilegious, infamous, and blasphemous has gathered as bilge water in a ship’s hold, a congealed mass of all filth. [Oh Lord, can we please have a Pope like Gregory XVI again in my lifetime!  PLEASE?!?]

7. Indeed you will accomplish this perfectly if, as the duty of your office demands, you attend to yourselves and to doctrine and meditate on these words: “the universal Church is affected by any and every novelty”[5] and the admonition of Pope Agatho: “nothing of the things appointed ought to be diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as regards expression and meaning.”[6] ……..

9. Furthermore, the discipline sanctioned by the Church must never be rejected or be branded as contrary to certain principles of natural law. It must never be called crippled, or imperfect or subject to civil authority. In this discipline the administration of sacred rites, standards of morality, and the reckoning of the rights of the Church and her ministers are embraced.

10. To use the words of the fathers of Trent, it is certain that the Church “was instructed by Jesus Christ and His Apostles and that all truth was daily taught it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”[12] Therefore, it is obviously absurd and injurious to propose a certain “restoration and regeneration” for her as though necessary for her safety and growth, as if she could be considered subject to defect or obscuration or other misfortune. Indeed these authors of novelties consider that a “foundation may be laid of a new human institution,” and what Cyprian detested may come to pass, that what was a divine thing “may become a human church.”………[I trust the ears of the vast majority of Germanic prelates are burning.  Paging Cardinals Marx and Kasper……]

11. Now, however, We want you to rally to combat the abominable conspiracy against clerical celibacy. This conspiracy spreads daily and is promoted by profligate philosophers, some even from the clerical order. They have forgotten their person and office, and have been carried away by the enticements of pleasure. They have even dared to make repeated public demands to the princes for the abolition of that most holy discipline. But it is disgusting to dwell on these evil attempts at length. Rather, We ask that you strive with all your might to justify and to defend the law of clerical celibacy as prescribed by the sacred canons, against which the arrows of the lascivious are directed from every side. [I don’t know if I’d say too many bishops today “strive with all their might”]

12. Now the honorable marriage of Christians, which Paul calls “a great sacrament in Christ and the Church,”[15] demands our shared concern lest anything contrary to its sanctity and indissolubility is proposed….. However, troublesome efforts against this sacrament still continue to be made. The people therefore must be zealously taught that a marriage rightly entered upon cannot be dissolved; for those joined in matrimony God has ordained a perpetual companionship for life and a knot of necessity which cannot be loosed except by death. [Ahem. I wonder what Pope Gregory XVI would think about the recent Motu Proprios] Recalling that matrimony is a sacrament and therefore subject to the Church, let them consider and observe the laws of the Church concerning it. Let them take care lest for any reason they permit that which is an obstruction to the teachings of the canons and the decrees of the councils. They should be aware that those marriages will have an unhappy end which are entered upon contrary to the discipline of the Church or without God’s favor or because of concupiscence alone, with no thought of the sacrament and of the mysteries signified by it. [Which is true, but no justification for pretending that half of all marriages are invalid.]

13. Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that “there is one God, one faith, one baptism”[16] may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that “those who are not with Christ are against Him,”[17] and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore “without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate.”[18] Let them hear Jerome who, while the Church was torn into three parts by schism, tells us that whenever someone tried to persuade him to join his group he always exclaimed: “He who is for the See of Peter is for me.”……..[Which remains true even when we are faced with such a calamitous situation as we are faced with today. There is simply no remedy to be found by looking outside the Church to the Orthodox or whatever]

14. This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. “But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error,” as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly “the bottomless pit” is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws — in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty. [Some may say “But look at the wealth of the West today.”  To which I would retort:  give it time.]

15. Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth…….

20. Nor can We predict happier times for religion and government from the plans of those who desire vehemently to separate the Church from the state, and to break the mutual concord between temporal authority and the priesthood. It is certain that that concord which always was favorable and beneficial for the sacred and the civil order is feared by the shameless lovers of liberty.

21. But for the other painful causes We are concerned about, you should recall that certain societies and assemblages seem to draw up a battle line together with the followers of every false religion and cult. They feign piety for religion; but they are driven by a passion for promoting novelties and sedition everywhere. They preach liberty of every sort; they stir up disturbances in sacred and civil affairs, and pluck authority to pieces. [Once again, oh to have such a pontiff again, fearless of the world, the flesh, and the devil, willing to proclaim the Truth in season and out, and never trembling before the opinion of mere men!]

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Unfortunately, the revolutionaries were never fully driven from the bosom of the Church, but in spite of periodic purges and constant urgings to the contrary, were permitted to multiply in far too many dioceses and eventually to burst forth in a dominant plurality in the mid-20th century.  This was not particularly due to a want of duty and vigilance on the part of the popes from Pius VIII to St. Pius X, but due to the insidious nature of the Revolution, its enormous and still-growing influence on the culture, and the failure of subordinate authorities to properly execute the duty the various popes laid before them. It was also, of course, due to the diabolical influence of the secret societies and the eventual penetration of the Church by large numbers of their adherents and fellow revolutionaries (in particular, the communists under Stalin).  Most of all, the Revolution is the product of satan in his eternal war against God and His Church.

Thus, prayer and penance remain our ultimate weapons, even as we take advantage of modern means of communication to (hopefully) inform souls of a different time in the history of the Church, with better leadership and clearer explication of Doctrine.  I pray you find this useful, and strongly recommend you read the rest.