HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH FOR ALL THE FATHERS (St. John XXIII)
To all the fathers in the world: we sincerely greet, thank and salute you on this very special day! We could never thank you enough for the gift of life, the silent and hidden sacrifices and the gentle but firm affection and love you have for us!
On this day, we would like to entrust you to the intercession of St. Joseph, the foster father of Our Lord. May you all strive to be holy Christian fathers, always present beside your wife and your children, to faithfully love, protect, sustain, strengthen, educate, correct and provide for them, with an authentic Christian wisdom, strong arms, resolute will and firm but gentle heart, wanting always the best, and the true earthly and heavenly happiness for your wife and children. This we ask God the Father, model of all fathers in the world, from whom all fatherhood on earth comes (See related post in https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/06/18/115/ )
PRAYER OF ST. JOHN XXIII FOR THE FATHERS
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.
St. John XXIII
-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei. CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS. We are also in Facebook: www.facebook.com/CatholicsstrivingforHoliness Hope you like our page and invite your friends as well to do so in order to help more people.
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PRAYER SOURCE: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=67 (I modified this prayer substituting “Kindly protect all those” with “Kindly protect all the fathers”). PHOTO SOURCE: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, St. Joseph Leading the Christ Child in http://carlossantostefano.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/san-jose-esposo-de-la-virgen-maria-19.html