How 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).
Saint Joseph, you were the foster father of Jesus and taught the Son of God everything from virtues to woodworking to how to pray. You protected him from harm, found him when he was lost, and provided for him as he grew up. Teach me how to be a good father. Show me how to practice and teach my children the virtues of faith, hope and love, courage, obedience, and love for the poor. As they grow up and choose their direction in life, lead me in giving them good advice. Let my children see me praying, and give me the courage and confidence to pray with them. Protect my children from harm as you once protected Jesus from the threats of Herod. Help me keep a job so that I can provide for them and teach them the value of honest work and trust in providence. Saint Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for me. Amen.
St. Joseph close to Jesus’ heart ask Jesus for the graces that I need. All those graces which are necessary for my spiritual and material well-being and that of others. For myself I ask the following spiritual graces: the fundamental virtues of the Christian life, the virtues of faith, hope and charity; the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance; and all the other virtues which would lead me to holiness, to the glory of heaven.
For my needs and for those of my loved ones and all who have asked for my prayers, I ask for good health, the means for doing good and all that is necessary for daily living. I ask your heavenly Father in your name, Jesus, and through the intercessory prayers of St. Joseph, to bless the innocence of children and of youth, to give strength to those who work and are retired, comfort for the aged awaiting heaven, hope for those who are near death, and relief for the souls in purgatory. I believe what Jesus has told us, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and you will” (Mk. 11:24); “Ask, and it will be given you” (Mt. 7:7). Amen
Adoration is the supreme worship given to God.
To adore means:
a) to recognize God as the supreme Good, infinite in all his perfections: “God is the most perfect being”; b) to recognize God as supreme Lord, author of all: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gn. 1:1); c) to recognize God as the ultimate end: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rv. 22:13). God is the truth, in fact, he is supreme truth. “God is light, and in him is no darkness” (1Jn. 1:5); the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever: (Psalm 117:2); “I am the truth”(Jn. 14:6).
Can you imagine the heart of St. Joseph in his humble adoration of the supreme majesty. Familiar with the prophets and the patriarchs and the words of the psalms and the proverbs his heart was in continual prayer. God saw the humility of this his servant and called him to be the guardian of the blessed virgin Mary and his only begotten Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O most High, To declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, To the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre, for you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy” (Psalm. 92:1-5).
St. Joseph, may my prayer rise like incense before God. May my heart’s desires be pleasing to him. Amen
At times when you feel that you lack a certain faith remember this. Faith is the greatest good. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Ones faith can be strengthened through prayer and the reading the word of God. “…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
St. Joseph, I believe you had great faith. This was the foundation of your holiness. You served God faithfully. You meditated on sacred things, considering them as most necessary, useful, perfect and refreshing to the spirit. I believe that ones soul does not live on bread alone, but on the truth which comes from the mouth of God.
St. Joseph pray for me that I may hunger and thirst for divine wisdom, the true food for my soul. Amen
After Joseph had, on the angel’s word, taken Mary to be his wife, he too had to lean continuously into the unknown. Guardian of the Son of God and Mary, he stood a sentinel at the stable’s door, in wonderment at a Babe that looked like every other newborn, yet was heralded by angels, or so the visiting shepherds said. Exiled to Egypt, he left without word and without a trace in order to protect the Child at the command given in a dream. Years later he returned to Nazareth and settled into quiet years of mentoring the Savior of the world. The anxiety that may have accompanied the “not knowing,” and the initial attempts to put together bits of information in order to make sense of the mysterious unfolding of events, were reconciled at last only when Saint Joseph tasted the powerful love of his God who was walking with him even through situations that seemed so senseless.
Sr. Kathryn James, Daughters of St. Paul
[There] “are the reasons why men of every rank and country should hasten to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour. As to workmen, artisans, and persons of lesser degree, their recourse to Joseph is a special right, and his example is for their particular imitation. For Joseph, of royal blood, united by marriage to the greatest and holiest of women, reputed the father of the Son of God, passed his life in labour, and won by the toil of the artisan the needful support of his family. It is, then, true that the condition of the lowly has nothing shameful in it, and the work of the labourer is not only not dishonouring, but can, if virtue be joined to it, be singularly ennobled.
From the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII Quamquam Pluribies on Devotion to St. Joseph
“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God.” Saint John Paul II (from the Catholic News Agency)
St. Joseph understands the pain of shattered dreams, but he also shows us a path to follow in such situations.
St. Joseph is an integral part of the story of Advent, but let’s not be too facile about his calling to be the foster-father of Jesus Christ. Joseph’s obedience to the Angel’s message, his embrace of the truth of it, and his prompt action were extremely courageous elements of his role in the events that changed the course of history. Joseph the Fearless I call him, a well-deserved title in the face of the obstacles that he had to overcome in order to be the Messiah’s Guardian. All men have to ask themselves if they would have been up to the job, as Joseph was.