Thursday, March 1, 2012

St Joseph: A Powerful Intercessor

Rembrandt's Dream of St Joseph

March is devoted to St Joseph. While we do not hear much about this great saint in Scripture, he is an extremely powerful intercessor. In his earthly life he was a humble carpenter by trade. Yet beneath that humble exterior was the strength God gave him to be the earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. St Joseph is the patron of many causes: the universal Church, a happy death, and workers, just to name a few. I often think he is the saint most taken for granted.
The saints throughout the ages, though tell us of the importance of devotion to Joseph. St Teresa of Avila had said that progress in the spiritual life was not possible without devotion to St Joseph.
So let us take this month to either begin or renew our devotion to Joseph. After all, if he was good enough for Jesus and Mary, he is certainly good enough for all of us.
As always, you can find prayers for the monthly devotion on my left side bar~ just click the picture.


St Joseph, most humble and chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ pray for us, intercede for those we love. Renew and protect the Universal Church and bring all those who have died and will die this day to a holy and happy death.
Amen.

*Reprint from 2011

4 comments:

Patricia said...

Karin,thank you so much for this reminder, and for the prayer on your sidebar. I am one of those who "forget" about St.Joseph..probably because there is so little we really know about his life, and we have no record of anything he said. But the absence of all of that makes me wonder whether he may be one of the great surprises in heaven.

i will pray with you this month, and then hopefully continue in devotion to him.

Hope Lent is going well for you!
Blessings,
Patricia

Karinann said...

You are welcome, Patricia. I too often let my devotion to St Joseph lapse. St Teresa of Avila has said that devotion to this great saint is crucial to progress in the spiritual life. Who am I to argue with St Teresa :)
Enjoying Lent so far; hope yours is going well too.

Colleen @ ID said...

I am sorry St. Joseph, I don't remember you enough. Karinann I do remember, now, how often St. Teresa spoke of St. Joseph. I just asked his intercession for my parents.

Karinann said...

Colleen,
I too don't give St Joseph his due, but if he was good enough for Jesus and Mary, he certainly is good enough for me :)

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.