Saint Teresa of Avila remarked with astonishment that she couldn’t remember ever having asked Saint Joseph for anything that he failed to obtain for her from God. It wasn’t as if Saint Joseph would give her whatever she wanted, like some heavenly wonder worker. Instead, she came to see Saint Joseph as a powerful companion and provider on her journey to God. Sometimes she knew what was best for that journey, sometimes she didn’t and had to trust God. But taking the long view, she came to realize that Saint Joseph provided for her exactly what she needed to come closer to Jesus and be all that he desired of her.
Saint Joseph, I ask you for these graces: a good life – in faithful observance of the commandments and of all the duties of my state in life, correspondence to my vocation, according to the gifts I have received, that my life may realize the utmost good, for the glory of God and my eternal happiness, that I may receive the sacraments with the right dispositions and devoutly participate in the Holy Mass. Obtain for me the grace to imitate you in life and have my heart attached to the divine will. Amen.
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Did you ever think that you could do better if you were somewhere else, doing something different. Perhaps there was a chance to change occupation or environment or location. And did you again find yourself wondering if it would be better to be where you were before or look, instead, again to another change? St. Joseph teaches us to be where God has planted us. To live surrounded by God’s holy will. To be satisfied with what God offers and to find his greatness in the love of God and of neighbor. The one who truly accomplishes is the one who carries out ones duties with simplicity and living the “present moment” in union with God. This is what St. Joseph teaches us by his life and love and service.
“…but the material world, with the possession of wealth, power, and resources, although it may well procure comforts and increase the enjoyment of life, is incapable of satisfying our soul created for higher and more glorious things. To contemplate God, and to tend to Him, is the supreme law of the life of man.”
Pope Leo XIII Sapientiae Christiana Jan 10, 1890
Thus it was that St. Joseph was detached from all of these things and was united to God in mind, body and in spirit, to contemplate him and follow his will.
Saint Joseph, ask Jesus to deliver us from sudden death; to obtain for us the grace to imitate you in life, and to detach our heart from everything that is worldly and to gather spiritual treasures for the moment of our departing from this earth. Amen.
“The first Joseph of the Old Testament first laid in store wheat,
for himself and for all the people of the land of Egypt (Gen. 41: 47-57);
to the second Joseph was entrusted the care
of the living Bread from Heaven,
for himself and for the whole world.”
Prayer to St. Joseph for Purity
Saint Joseph, father and guardian of virgins, in whose keeping Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, virgin of virgins was entrusted, I beseech you and do pray by that twofold and most precious charge, by Jesus and Mary, to keep me safe from all uncleanness, to keep my mind untainted, my heart pure, and my body chaste; and to help me always to serve Jesus and Mary in perfect chastity. Amen.
Holy patriarch, guardian and father of virgins, intercede for me. Amen.
Prayer for a Peaceful Death
“Saint Joseph, who died in the presence of Jesus and Mary, is rightly looked on as a most effective helper of the dying.” Alexis Cardinal Lepicier
O my God, I invoke the three great patrons of a happy death from whom I hope to receive merciful assistance: Jesus Crucified, with whom I ask the grace to pronounce the words: “Father into your hands I commend my spirit”; our Mother Mary, that she may pray for me “now and at the hour of my death”; and Saint Joseph, that he may obtain for me a holy life so as to merit a death similar to his.
O Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ and true spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me and for the dying of this day.
Saint Joseph, pure spouse of Mary, we humble ask you to obtain for us a true devotion to our tender Mother, Teacher, and Queen. By divine will, your mission was associated to Mary’s. With Mary you shared sufferings and joys; with her there was a holy rivalry in virtue, work and merits; with her you were united in mind and heart. Saint Joseph, obtain for us the grace to be devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to imitate her, to love her, to pray to her always. Draw many souls to her maternal heart. Amen.
Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family
“Joseph did not confide his fears to anybody; he kept them locked up in his heart, and yet he heard an angel speaking to him about them. Surely this is unquestionable proof that the angel was sent from God, for God alone can read the depths of the heart…. So wise was Joseph’s behavior that it shows how good and virtuous a man he was….” St John Chrysostom
Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never has it been known that anyone who asked for your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I commend myself to you and beg you to petition the Lord for me. Despise not this my prayer, dear foster father of our Redeemer, but hear and answer me. Amen. (from common sources)