Joseph, Courageous in Life
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
We call to you St Joseph,
help us in our hour need,
give us courage to go forward in life with confidence,
always trusting in God’s mercy
Read from the Gospel of Matthew 1:18-25 –
“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
We can’t see beyond the horizon, we don’t always know what is on the road ahead; but like St Joseph let us listen to God’s word, to trust in the message we hear through his Church, and go forward with courage.
Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude.
This year we have all experienced contradictions, frustrations and disappointments. Bring your difficulties and your setbacks to Jesus and St Joseph, and ask them to fill you with the courage and fortitude you need for the time ahead.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Light a candle, and pray for anyone who especially needs courage and the gift of fortitude at this time. Give thanks for all those whose quiet courage sustains us.