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SAINT OF THE MONTH

Saint Joseph
Feast Day - March 19

SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, foster father of Christ, husband of Mary, protector of the universal Church, and patron of happy death. By a mystery of Providence devotion to St. Joseph did not flourish in the Middle Ages but was reserved for our day, though many saints, like Bernard of Clairvaux, praised his virtues and singular privileges.

In the fifteenth century St. Bernard of Siena actively spread his cult but it was particularly St. Teresa of Avila who popularized him in a lengthy passage of her autobiography. "I cannot call to mind," she writes, "that I have ever asked him at any time for anything which he has not granted ... To other saints our Lord seems to have given grace to help men in some special necessity; but to this glorious saint, I know by experience, he as given grace to help us in all" (life 6). Her first reformed convent was dedicated to St. Joseph.

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PRAYER OF THE MONTH

Prayer

St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, watch over the chosen people of Jesus Christ.

Keep us, loving father, safe from all error and corruption. From your place in heaven, graciously protect us against the powers of darkness. As you rescued the Child Jesus from evil persons who wanted to kill him, so now defend God's holy church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.

Extend to each one of us your continual protection, that led on by your example and strengthened by your aid, we may live and die in holiness and obtain everlasting happiness in heaven.

Amen.

 

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