PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH FOR THE FAMILY

Prayer to protect our family from every danger

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Saint Joseph, strengthen in our family every bond of love which unites us the marriage bond, the love of parent and child, the bonds of mutual love between all.

Joseph, protect our family from every danger from without and from every threat to peace, unity and harmony within.

Joseph, teach us to be kind and loving towards one another, careful for one another, tolerant of one another, forgiving towards one another.

Joseph, may contentment with our lot and joy in each other abound in our house, as we seek faithfully to serve and greatly to love God.

Joseph, be you yourself a father towards the family of ours, and pray Mary be a mother to us.

Amen

St. Teresa’s Devotion to St. Joseph:

St. Theresa of Avila attributed her miraculous cure to Saint Joseph.

St. Theresa once suggested famously that although we may have access to many saints as intercessors for our various needs, we should “go especially to Joseph, for he has great power with God.” In praying this litany of St. Joseph we are indeed going to the patron saint and “protector” of the Universal Church!

“I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Joseph and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles concerning my honor and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater blessings than I could ask of him.

I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and at the perils from which He has freed me, both in body and in soul.

To other saints the Lord seems to have given grace to succor us in some of our necessities but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succors us in them all and that the Lord wishes to teach us that as He was Himself subject to him on earth (for, being His guardian and being called His father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks.

This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to him; and even to-day there are many who have great devotion to him through having newly experienced this truth.”

“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted.

If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good.”

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