Pray to St Joseph, a powerful intercessor

Georges_de_La_Tour_Joseph_Carpenter_workerPray to St. Joseph, especially in your needs concerning your work and your vocation.  St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  He comes through for you especially when you are specific about what you need and when you need it.  I’ve had a couple amazing experiences with his intercession and I have friends who have as well.  I recommend St. Joseph especially for fathers in families.

And remember the mighty Bux Protocol™.

Today’s feast of glorious St. Joseph, the Worker, is modern.  It was given to the Church by Ven. Pope Pius XII in 1955.

We celebrate Joseph today especially as a patron of workers.  No doubt the thought behind the feast was, among other motives, to offset the incorrect atheistic, materialist view of work and workers presented by Socialism and Communism.

May Day had been a civic feast in many places since ancient times and festivals were held.

COLLECT 1962MR:

Rerum conditor Deus, qui legem laboris humano generi statuisti: concede propitius; ut, santi Ioseph exemplo et patricinio, opera perficiamus quae praecipis, et praemia consequamer quae promittis.

Remember not to confuse the verbs condo, condere and condio, condire, both of which give is “conditor“… one being cónditor and the other condítor.

SLAVISHLY LITERAL VERSION:

O God, creator of things, who established the law of labor for human kind: grant, propitiously; that, by the example and patronage of Saint Joseph, we may bring to completion the works which you command, and we may attain the rewards which you promise.

At the heart of our vocation as images of God we all have work to do.  God, our Creator, “worked” and then rested and saw that His work was good.  This is also our paradigm as His images.

When our First Parents revolted against God’s command, the entire human race fell.  The human race consisted of only two people, but it was the whole of the human race.  In their fall, we fell.

As a consequence of the Fall, man is now out of sync with God, himself, others and nature.  We do not live in the harmony that would make the tasks of stewardship of the gift of life and the honor of being at the pinnacle of material creation without sorrow, toil and pain.

And yet even before the Fall man had been given labor by God the Father.  Man had duties in the Garden.  It was our Fall that transformed that labor into toil.

God knew every one of us from before the Creation of the universe.  He calls us into existence at the exact point and place in His plan He foresaw in His providence.  We have a role to play in God’s plan.  We have work to do.

When we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling our part in God’s plan according to our vocations, whatever they may be in our own circumstances, God will give us every actual grace we need to do His will and come to our perpetual reward in heaven.

He gives us the work, the grace and the glory.

With our wounded nature, our disordered passions and appetites, it is hard to understand that the work we do in life is a manifestation of both present grace and anticipated glory.

As an early American preacher once said, “grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected”.

Put another way, God gives us the work and then He makes our hands strong enough for the task.  The achievement is therefore both His and truly ours.

As St. Augustine says, God crowns His own merits in us.

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15 Responses to Pray to St Joseph, a powerful intercessor

  1. Adaquano says:

    A few years ago my pastor was giving a homily and he mentioned how a former parishioner once asked him why the church doesn’t canonize more married people. He went on to mention St’s Louie and Zelie who had just been canonized.

    Of course we have Mary and Joseph our most reliable intercessors who were married! I invoke their protection of my son nightly.

  2. And there are also Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and his wife Maria Corsini-Beltrame Quattrocchi.

  3. Boniface says:

    And… St Isidore the Farmer, and his wife St Maria de la Cabeza. And Blessed Bartolo Longo was married. And St Gianna Molla, and… Well, among the saints there are a ton that were married. It’s often forgotten that one reason, perhaps, that more religious especially women) get canonized is their orders have the apparatus in place to spread awareness of them, and to seek prayers among their students, hospital patients, etc., Married couples, relatively, often lack the notoriety on that scale. Really the fact that there are relatively fewer individually canonized lay or married saints, therefore, is a testament to the democratic element of the early stages of the canonization process – i.e. they must be proposed by “the people,” not just handed down from Rome.

  4. Angela says:

    Oh the Bux protocol works! I recall ‘hmm will he die, well I’ll take that risk’ things were sorted very well and no one died. (obviously I’m being as oblique as possible!)

  5. PTK_70 says:

    There’s a famed SNL skit in which a celebrity musician calls upon his understudies for “more cowbell.” Well, if it’s not too irreverent to say so, we Catholics nowadays need more St. Joseph IMHO. I tend to think St. Therese was onto something when she commented that she preferred not to think of the Blessed Virgin Mary in isolation from St. Joseph, or something along those lines, anyway.

  6. iamlucky13 says:

    I don’t have any stories of amazing intercessions from St. Joseph personally, but I do have confidence in his intercession, and his patronage has become increasingly important to me as I progressed through engagement, marriage, and then into fatherhood.

    Knowing today is a feast in his honor honestly and significantly brightens what is so far a rough Monday for me.

    Break’s over. I’d better get back to work.

  7. Mary Jane says:

    Today is hubby’s and my wedding anniversary! St. Joseph was a special intercessor for us when we were engaged, and it was wonderful to be married on his feast day (EF high mass, but interestingly not the Nuptial propers because today’s propers “trump” the Nuptial propers – so we had the propers for today’s feast and the Nuptial propers were commemorated).

  8. DavidR says:

    One of my (almost) daily prayers is: “St. Joseph, most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin , pray for me that I may love my wife as you love the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

    I believe we’re slowly getting there. Sorry if this is somewhat OT.

  9. anthtan says:

    Would those who have experienced the power of St. Joseph’s intercession kindly share what prayers or novenas or formulas you use to call upon him? Thank you.

  10. StWinefride says:

    “Really the fact that there are relatively fewer individually canonized lay or married saints, therefore, is a testament to the democratic element of the early stages of the canonization process – i.e. they must be proposed by “the people,” not just handed down from Rome.”

    And yet Rome has proposed, and with complete justification, the life and witness of Eliza Vaughan in a document issued by the Congregation for the Clergy in 2007 entitled “Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity” on pages 14-16:

    http://www.clerus.org/clerus/dati/2008-01/25-13/Adoration.pdf

    Eliza Vaughan, mother of 14 children, out of the 13 children who lived, six of her eight sons became priests and from the five daughters, four became nuns. For many, many years she spent an hour a day in front of the Blessed Sacrament praying for a large family and many religious vocations among her children. She prayed the Divine Office and also spent other times of prayer in the Chapel at Courtfield House, her home.

    Interestingly, the date of her marriage is a 12th July (1830), date of the Feast of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin!

    By their fruits you shall know them (Mt 7:16)…so…

    Eliza Vaughan, Santo Subito! pray for us and inspire us to “offer our children back to God” as you so wonderfully suggested to your husband!

  11. YellowRoses says:

    Ah, good St. Joseph. He’s a really great guy and a terrific intercessor. One instance, when we were desperately trying to move halfway across the country (and hopelessly stretched thin with showings and stress) we (finally) began a novena to St. Joseph (the one from EWTN), as we were nearing his feastday (none of that weird statue burying, mind you, just a novena). Only partway through the novena the future owners viewed the house and soon afterwards it was sold!
    Our pastor always encourages us on Joseph’s Day to “Ite ad Joe”, “Go to Joseph”, for intercession for all our troubles and needs––because that’s what Mary and Jesus did.

  12. Boniface says:

    anthtan, I love the prayer recommended by St Andre Bessette, the great apostle of devotion to St Joseph: “St Joseph, if you were here standing in my place, what would you ask God to do for you? Please ask him to do that for me.” What a great prayer of humility and trust.

  13. chantgirl says:

    Honestly, I never gave St. Joseph much of a thought until I was married. After my first 2 children were born on the two feast days of St. Joseph, I began to think that perhaps he is one of my particular patrons and began to include him and the Holy Family in my daily prayers. While St. Joseph has answered all of my prayer requests (save one that was answered in a way that I did not expect), I have noticed that he has given the most spectacular favors to me when I was pregnant and struggling, when I was in need of material help, or when a decision requiring courage needed to be made.

    Once, early in my marriage I was pregnant and we were struggling financially. I prayed to St. Joseph and an elderly man – a parishioner that I did not even know- left me money in his will in thanks for me singing at Mass. During another pregnancy, we needed to buy a “trad” van since a minivan would no longer hold all of the car seats we would need to drive legally and St. Joseph helped me find a van with low miles that should have cost us thousands more than we paid. He helped us find a house when our city was being very difficult about occupancy requirements (in our city you need 50 sq ft of bedroom for every family member). St. Joseph helped my husband find a job that would allow him to get to Mass on Sunday and leave behind a work environment that was rife with drug and porn use. Finally, in attempting to start a family business, there have been no needs that St. Joseph has ignored.

    Most of the answers that I have seen from prayers to St. Joseph have been material, but I trust that there are spiritual answers too that I will find out about in the next life. Our family has frequently said the Litany of St. Joseph, and now we have added in a prayer to St. Joseph for protection of the Church, and I believe that he answers these prayers just as he has provided for us physically, even if we don’t really see the results yet.

  14. Rosary Rose says:

    Anthan, a St. Joseph novena prayer:

    Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that having engaged here below your heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He repossess near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Oh St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me! Amen.

    Fun fact: traditionally, Wednesdays are devoted to St. Joseph. An old Catholic tradition is to wear something brown for him on Wednesdays.

    My dad was devoted to St. Joseph. When dad had his stroke, he couldn’t talk, but he scribbled on a notepad, even before the ambulance arrived. Later, I found that one of the things he had written in a shaky scrawl was the novena to St. Joseph, above. I decided then to commit it to memory.

    St. Joseph is the patron of many things, including a happy death. My father died at home, surrounded by his children praying the rosary for him, cradled in our arms. My brother was there, single at the time. Shortly after that, he met a lovely woman and they were married in St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

    St.Joseph pray for us!

  15. anthtan says:

    Thank you, YellowRoses! I will definitely keep the EWTN prayer in mind…
    Thank you, Boniface! A short, one-sentence prayer is always handy…
    Thank you, chantgirl! Great sharing…
    Thank you, Rosary Rose! “An old Catholic tradition is to wear something brown for him on Wednesdays.” Really? Because wood is brown?