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Pope’s prayers to St. Joseph: So many intentions to give to Jesus’ father on earth!

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 01/13/22

These are the prayers with which Pope Francis has concluded each of the general audience addresses on St. Joseph. Why not print them out?

When Pope Francis began his general audience series on St. Joseph on November 17, 2021, he concluded his address with a prayer to the saint. He has followed this practice in each successive catechesis.

Here is a list of the prayers he’s offered so far.

To follow God’s plans

Saint Joseph,
you who have always trusted God,
and have made your choices
guided by his providence
teach us not to count so much on our own plans
but on his plan of love.
You who come from the peripheries
help us to convert our gaze
and to prefer what the world discards and marginalises.
Comfort those who feel alone
and support those who work silently
to defend life and human dignity. Amen.

To see Providence working in our mistakes

Saint Joseph,
you who guarded the bond with Mary and Jesus,
help us to care for the relationships in our lives.
May no one experience that sense of abandonment
that comes from loneliness.
Let each of us be reconciled with our own history,
with those who have gone before,
and recognise even in the mistakes made
a way through which Providence has made its way,
and evil did not have the last word.
Show yourself to be a friend to those who struggle the most,
and as you supported Mary and Jesus in difficult times,
support us too on our journey. Amen.

To accept life

Saint Joseph,
you who loved Mary with freedom,
and chose to renounce your fantasies to give way to reality,
help each of us to allow ourselves to be surprised by God
and to accept life not as something unforeseen from which to defend ourselves,
but as a mystery that hides the secret of true joy.
Obtain joy and radicality for all engaged Christians,
while always being aware
that only mercy and forgiveness make love possible. Amen.

To rediscover the value of words

Saint Joseph, man of silence,
you who in the Gospel did not utter a single word,
teach us to fast from vain words,
to rediscover the value of words that edify, encourage, console and support.
Be close to those who suffer from words that hurt,
like slander and backbiting,
and help us always to match words with deeds. Amen.

For refugees

Saint Joseph,
you who experienced the suffering of those who must flee
you who were forced to flee
to save the lives of those dearest to you,
protect all those who flee because of war, hatred, hunger.
Support them in their difficulties,
Strengthen them in hope, and let them find welcome and solidarity.
Guide their steps and open the hearts of those who can help them. Amen.

For children, couples suffering infertility, and those closed to life

Saint Joseph,
you who loved Jesus with fatherly love,
be close to the many children who have no family
and who long for a dad and mom.
Support the couples who are unable to have children,
help them to discover, through this suffering, a greater plan.
Make sure that no one lacks a home, a bond,
a person to take care of him or her;
and heal the selfishness of those who close themselves off from life,
that they may open their hearts to love.

St. Paul VI’s Prayer, for workers

O Saint Joseph,
Patron of the Church!
you, who side by side with the Word made flesh, 
worked each day to earn your bread, 
drawing from Him the strength to live and to toil; 
you who experienced the anxiety for the morrow, 
the bitterness of poverty, the uncertainty of work: 
you who today give the shining example, 
humble in the eyes of men 
but most exalted in the sight of God: 
protect workers in their hard daily lives, 
defending them from discouragement, 
from negative revolt, 
and from pleasure loving temptations; 
and keep peace in the world, 
that peace which alone can ensure the development of peoples.

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