St. Joseph’s strength of faith

February 2, 2013

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Today I began a Seven Sunday’s Devotion to St. Joseph for those who are discerning their vocation in life. This devotion is prayed on the seven Sundays before his feast day, March 19. Here is a brief excerpt from today’s devotion:

In the course of that pilgrimage of faith which was his life, Joseph, like Mary, remained faithful to God’s call until the end. While Mary’s life was the bringing of fullness of that fiat first spoken at the Annunciation, at the beginning of his own ‘annunciation’ he said nothing; instead he simply did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. (Mt 1:24). And this first ‘doing’ became the beginning of ‘Joseph’s way’.

I pray that we listen to God’s call in our life and then act in faith, placing our trust in Him who made us and loves us. May St. Joseph guide and guard us on this journey. As he did not know where the Lord would lead him, we also step out into the unknown, full of hope in Jesus Christ who promised ‘I am with you always, until the end of the age’. (Mt 28:20b)

O Chaste spouse of Mary, great was the trouble and anguish of your heart when you were considering quietly sending away your inviolate spouse; yet your joy was unspeakable when the surpassing mystery of the Incarnation was make known to you by an angel. By your complete self-sacrifice, you expressed your generous love for the Mother of God and your humble obedience to God. Through your example, may we be generous in our response to the Lord‘s promptings in our hearts.

Pray for us, blessed St. Joseph,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Almighty God,
In your infinite wisdom and love
you chose Joseph to be the husband of Mary,
the mother of your Son.
As we enjoy his protection on earth,
may we have the help of his prayers in heaven,
particularly as we discern our chosen-ness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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One Response to “St. Joseph’s strength of faith”

  1. Pam Johnston said

    I feel the Lord steering me though there is still a baracade that society seems to build that is preventing me to fully understand how he wants me to get to this destination. The Lord might be calling me to use my creativity, faith, heart and persistance to its fullest to remove the baracade. Lord remove the noise to allow me to listen to your instruction and use it to help improve the lives of others.

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