St. Joseph Novena: Day 5

Listen to today’s reflection below:

In just five days, May 1, we will consecrate Relevant Radio® and our family of listeners to St. Joseph on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker at 3:30 pm Central time.

A young couple was about to get married.  I asked them, “What’s your dream?”  Our dream?  To have a family, big old house, a bunch of kids and a dog.  “OK, but what your fears?”  “Lots of college debt” they said.  “Oh, well you need a miracle.  Here’s what you do.  Drive up to the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal, Canada, the largest Church in the world dedicated to St. Joseph built by St. Andre Bessette.  Climb up the stairs,  make a very good confession, go to Mass and Communion, put your hands on the feet of Jesus on the Crucifix in the front of the Church, pray to St. Andre and he will take you to St. Joseph and St. Joseph will take you to Jesus and your problems will be solved.”  And that’s what they did.  Now they are married with two kids and a roof over their head and doing just fine.

Thank you St. Joseph!

Now please join me in praying today’s novena prayer to St. Joseph:

Oh, St. Joseph,
whose protection is so great, so prompt, so strong,
before the throne of God,
I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph,
do assist me by your powerful intercession,
and obtain for me from your Divine Son
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 reposes 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.
St. Joseph, Patron of departed souls – pray for me.

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles, when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it, or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be overpowered in any battle. Say for nine mornings in a row for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail. Imprimatur: September 25, 1950
Hugh C. Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh

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Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky" is the Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio and a priest of Opus Dei.