Novena to St. Joseph – Day 7

Saint Joseph, A Creatively Courageous Father

Reflection

We should always consider whether we ourselves are protecting Jesus and Mary, for they are also mysteriously entrusted to our own responsibility, care and safekeeping. The Son of the Almighty came into our world in a state of great vulnerability. He needed to be defended, protected, cared for and raised by Joseph. God trusted Joseph, as did Mary, who found in him someone who would not only save her life, but would always provide for her and her child. In this sense, Saint Joseph could not be other than the Guardian of the Church, for the Church is the continuation of the Body of Christ in history, even as Mary’s motherhood is reflected in the motherhood of the Church. In his continued protection of the Church, Joseph continues to protect the child and his mother, and we too, by our love for the Church, continue to love the child and his mother.

Patris Corde, 5
(Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis, 2020)

Prayer

For Youth and the Elderly
Saint Joseph, creatively courageous father,
we ask that you intercede with your Son,
the Saviour of the world,
that we may honour and cherish
the youth and the elderly
by defending, protecting and caring for them,
as you cared for your Son
and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

V. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
R. Where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. (Ps 84.3)

Action

Take a step toward interior healing by accepting your personal history and embracing the things in life you did not choose.