LENTCAzT 2019 14 – Tuesday in the 2nd Week: Glorious St. Joseph!

These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.

Today is Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent.    St. Joseph is celebrated today.

We hear the Litany of St. Joseph, a powerful intercessor.  Pray along!

You will hear a cut from the lovely CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Angels and Saints at Ephesus.  US HERE – UK HERE

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5 Responses to LENTCAzT 2019 14 – Tuesday in the 2nd Week: Glorious St. Joseph!

  1. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father!

  2. Ms. M-S says:

    Thank you, Father Z! St. Joseph is the special friend of our family. There’s no better advice than Go to Joseph.

  3. BrionyB says:

    I have difficulty with praying to St Joseph. He makes me feel uncomfortably aware of my failings as a woman and a wife, and I can’t help feeling he must look on me with repulsion compared with his immaculate Spouse. I always give up on his novena in despair. Strangely, I don’t feel that way praying to Our Lady herself, because I know she forgives all things and loves us unconditionally as a mother despite all our faults.

    Doesn’t help that the statue of St Joseph in our church seems to have a slightly disapproving expression. Even after I dusted him and cleaned off the cobwebs…

  4. Julia_Augusta says:

    At the Sunday Sung Mass (TLM) in Singapore at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, we always pray at the end of the Mass, the Litany of Saint Joseph. I did not think much about St. Joseph until I began to pray this Litany. But now I understand what a great saint he is! This is the man who listened to God’s commands and did what God told him to do without hesitation. He was faithful, brave, hard-working, and he respected Our Lady’s virginity . . . how many men today are like this? How many married men look at their wives as nothing more than a piece of flesh to satisfy their carnal needs? How many married men, when their wives no longer look thin and wrinkle-free, “trade” them in for a younger, prettier version? Saint Joseph is exactly the saint that Catholic men – indeed all men – need today. Single Catholic women (who want to marry) should pray to Saint Joseph to lead them to a husband just like him.

  5. rhhenry says:

    Dear BrionyB,

    For what it’s worth, I (a man) have the same difficulty praying to Mary. She’s on such a pedestal, so perfect, so set apart, how can she see me as anything other than broken and repulsive and want nothing to do with me? And I know the following is probably blasphemous, heretical, and certainly missing the mark, but I often think that she can’t possibly understand what I’m going through. After all, she was never touched by sin, but I am.

    Joseph, on the other hand, is more relatable to me. He experienced sin (at least Original Sin, if no other), and I often think of him obediently following God’s Will, even when it ran contrary to his own ideas about his future. I imagine, for example, Joseph wanting to settle down with his new wife for a quiet life in Nazareth, only to be hit with his wife’s unexpected pregnancy, the role of Guardian of the Redeemer, a flight into Egypt, etc. That crazy, difficult life is more relatable to me than the portrayal of Mary as above it all.

    And to reiterate my caveat above, I know, intellectually, that my descriptions of Mary are wrong and unfair, but those emotional stumbling blocks are there in my spiritual life. So for what it’s worth, you’re not alone in your struggles praying to one of our spiritual models . . .