Monday, March 19, 2007

St. Joseph

I think, despite being one of the most popular saints, St. Joseph and his intercession, still don't receive their deserved recognition. A lot of people just think of him as a good guy, a good father and companion to Mary. But think about the divine implications of all this! St. Joseph was deliberately chosen to help raise the Divine Child Jesus and be the husband to the Queen of Heaven. Aside from our Blessed Mother, he had the most important job in the entire history of salvation! His patronage includes MANY things, places and causes... most relevant to this site being families, fathers, married people and pregnant women.

This feast day is pretty big in Italy and an abundance of traditional Italian and Sicilian foods are usually enjoyed on this day. Visit this awesome website for recipes, coloring pages, and symbolism for today. What we'll be doing here, is pretty simple: coloring pictures, reading our Fr. Lovasik book, and talking about how to mimic St. Joseph while my kids carry around their dolls. I'll also be asking for his intercession while my husband undergoes some important medical testing today.

Traditionally prayers to consecrate your family to St. Joseph are often recited on Wednesdays:

Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, You came to enlighten the world with Your teaching and example. You willed to spend the greater part of Your life in humble obedience to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth. In this way You sanctified that Family which was to be an example for all Christian families.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph! Graciously accept our family which we dedicate and consecrate to You. Be pleased to protect, guard, and keep it in sincere faith, in peace, and in the harmony of Christian charity. By conforming ourselves to the Divine model of Your Family, may we all attain to eternal happiness.
Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, by your merciful intercession make this our humble offering acceptable to Jesus, and obtain for us graces and blessings.
Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, help us by your prayers in all our spiritual and temporal needs so that we may praise Jesus, our Divine Savior, together with Mary and you for all eternity.



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