St. Joseph, what anguish must have filled your heart when you found out that Mary was with child, and you thought of ending your betrothal to her, to “put her away” quietly and not disgrace her. And what profound joy you must have experienced when the mystery of the Incarnation was revealed to you. By this sorrow and joy of yours, I ask that you walk with me through this painful time. You know the anguish and anger, the betrayal and humiliation I feel. Teach me how to surrender to the Lord the moments of painful confusion, to listen with my heart when the Spirit speaks to me so that, like you, I may accomplish all that the Lord has planned for me.


The Saints on Prayer

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. ~Saint Augustine of Hippo

What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is Truth, uttered with His own lips? ~Saint John Chrysostom

He who prays most receives most. ~Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Without prayer nothing good is done. God’s works are done with our hands joined, and on our knees. Even when we run, we must remain spiritually kneeling before Him. ~Saint Luigi Orione

Have confidence in prayer. It is the unfailing power which God has given us. By means of it you will obtain the salvation of the dear souls whom God has given you and all your loved ones.” Ask and you shall receive,” Our Lord said. Be yourself with the good Lord. ~Saint Peter Julian Eymard