How Our Saints Intercede for Us
Catholic tradition has always taught that we pray correctly when we pray with attention, confidence, humility and perseverance. If our prayer is genuine, our prayer is always conformed to God’s final will concerning what we pray for and God’s final will in our regard. That is why it is impossible to pray sincerely and then for God to not grant us what we truly need and for what is in our best interest. It may seem that we are not receiving what we asked for, but when we pray sincerely we are actually asking God that his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. All prayer is heard at God’s throne, and all prayer is answered, but God does not give to his child what is not good for him even if it seems to be good in the eyes of the child. God seeks our ultimate good.
When we think of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane we remember that he asked his heavenly father to let the cup pass from him, but his concluding prayer was, “not my will but yours be done”.
“So too, our ideal prayer to St. Joseph to intercede for us with God will remain an ideal prayer when it is addressed to St. Joseph as an intercessor with God second only to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Joseph remains ever an intercessor whose power is obtained from God not on some automatic machinery but by the loving kindness of God, and God’s special will to give his goodness to his creatures.” Father Francis L. Filas, S.J.