Saint Joseph and Prayer

Joseph 18How can I pray when I have so many worries and preoccupations.  Prayer is speaking with God about ones soul, ones desires and ones life. It is also intercessory prayer when we pray for others. In prayer we place ourselves before God… Who am I? and Who is God?  Jesus invites us to speak to him in prayer away from all noise: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt. 6:6).

There is continuous prayer throughout the day that is possible before starting a task, going from one place to another, before making a decision. One simply talks to Jesus as a friend who knows all our needs and wants to hear from us during the day. It is a heartfelt prayer whispered in the silence of our heart

St. Joseph was a carpenter. There were tasks to be done and orders to be filled. Yes, he is the foster father of Jesus and was able to work with him in his carpenter shop. Our Lord, Jesus when he was leaving the Apostles and disciples on the day of his ascension into heaven told us, “I will be with you until the end of the ages”.  Now in this our day and age we are able to speak to him and have the same kinds of conversations with Jesus as Joseph and Mary had.

Therefore, true piety is loving. It does not consist in many words but rather in a prayer that is heartfelt, a prayer full of love. The soul that loves the Lord is not rhetorical in its prayer, but with simplicity and affection runs to him in every need, or asks for enlightenment, implores forgiveness, asks him for consolation, consoles Jesus and tells him of ones love for him.

Can we imagine the conversations St. Joseph had with Jesus?  “The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds…” (Sirach 35:17).

Let us remember to pray the prayer that Jesus himself taught us: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this daily our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen (Mt 6:7-9).

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