Friday, February 17, 2012

THIRTY DAYS PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH - For the Intentions of Rick Santorum

The following was shared by Mary Jane.

I debated whether or not to make it public that I would be praying this novena for Mr. Santorum's intentions. We are now engaged in a battle of good vs. evil. Catholics...Christians and all people of good will must rely on those weapons that will make good victorious over evil and that weapon is prayer.

A friend of Mr. Santorum has told me he is quite well and in very joyful spirits. This friend has asked that "everyone, Catholic and non-Catholic, pray for religious freedom in America."

I would ask that Catholics join in praying a novena for Rick Santorum as he seeks to ensure freedom in America for people of all faith or no faith. Although, he has not specifically asked for us to pray for him, there have been many occasions during his campaign that he has asked for prayer publicly and formally and that tonight a friend of his is asking you to "please get Catholics to storm heaven for him."

I'd also ask that you keep all those on the Santorum team and who are advocating for him, in your prayers!

There are many saints who can intercede for you for this intention, of course, I would recommend St. Joseph for many reasons, the main one being he was THE model of a father and Mr. Santorum has shown himself to be a very devoted father. We need this type of leadership in our country... one who puts the family in a place of importance.

If you prefer, please consider the intercession of St. Sebastian, St. Joan of Arc, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Thomas More, St. Thomas Aquinas, but most especially our Blessed Mother.

Thank you and God bless.

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow.
Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection. Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.
I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.
I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the Holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.
I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable Infant.
I ask it by the painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.
I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan, you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt.
I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.
I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country.
I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows. I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His mother for three days.
I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the Child Jesus.
I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.
I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary.
I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.
I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God. O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask. (Here name your petitions or think of them.)
Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of:
"A blameless life,
St. Joseph,
may we lead,
by your kind patronage
from danger freed."


MJ said...

Great idea, Esther! Do you think it's a good idea to share this link on his facebook page?

EC Gefroh said...

Thank you for sharing it! You can if you'd like. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. I am praying with you. May St. Joesph bring all these intentions to the Holy Altar of God and lay them at the feet of Jesus. Amen....

Caroline said...

I'm new to your blog, but I'm praying this too. thank you for recognizing we Catholics are in a battle of good vs. evil.
Blessings and +

EC Gefroh said...

Thank you Caroline and Anonymous. Glad you are joining in. God bless