Thursday, October 15, 2009

[MaryVitamin] Pray to St. Joseph


Mary Vitamin for October 14th
St. Teresa of Avila - Oct 15
Topic: Jesus, Mary and Joseph
St. Teresa of Avila
"[W]hen the Lord left me in the trials of soul** I prayed very much [to St. Joseph] as I did to Our Lady."
The Book of Her Life, (ICS Publications: 1987), 256.
St. Alphonsus di Liguori
"Among all the ejaculations and prayers, the invocation of the holy names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph should have the first place. All that we love and desire and hope to possess is summed up in these beautiful names. The holy name of Jesus fills us with consolation, for when we invoke Him who bears it we find comfort in all our troubles. … With the holy name of Jesus we must unite the beautiful name of Mary. The name of Mary, like that of Jesus, is a name from Heaven above, and it is so powerful that all Hell trembles when it is pronounced. …  Finally, it has always been the laudable practice of devout Christians to unite with the names of Our Lord and his holy Mother the beautiful name of St. Joseph. If the King of Heaven and earth conferred on him the honor of being the foster father of His Beloved Son and the protector of the holy and Immaculate Mother, surely it behooves us to honor him and invoke his powerful intersession."
The 12 Steps to Holiness and Salvation, (Tan Books: 1986), 175,6,7.
Some suggestions for pious invocations from The Enchiridion of Indulgences:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary Joseph, may I sleep and rest in peace with you. (Roman Ritual)
Today, whether because I experience trials of soul  or just because I want to remain close to the Lord in prayer, I will use the indulgenced and simple prayer:
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph"
Marian Vow:
St. Maximilian said of the book My Ideal
 "The spirit pervading this work is completely identical to ours."
One suggestion from this book
"In intimate conversation or correspondence can you not sometimes mention [the Blessed Virgin's] name?" (97)
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
**St. Teresa was referring to false humility.



"May the Lord grant all your prayers!" (Psalm 20)
Deacon John

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