Since our move to the area, my husband and I have found a new church here in Fort Collins, CO at St. Joseph Parish. It is a beautiful, traditional Catholic Church, and the reverence of the Holy Mass pulled me right in, including beautiful bells being rung during the Eucharistic Prayer, and an altar rail. (which I have greatly missed)
I felt completely at home from our first visit, and realized that many things at this Parish remind me of my childhood Church. (St. John the Baptist in Campbell, OH) Even though we are new members, I feel community, connection, and most importantly…I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.
One of the first things that I learned, was that we are in the midst of The Year of St. Joseph...December 8, 2020 – 2021.
After Mass, we offer this prayer:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.
I never heard of this prayer before, and being perfectly honest, I never even thought of St. Joseph and his so very important, blessed role in the Holy Family.
The first time I attempted to read the prayer outloud, my eyes and heart filled with tears, and the words could not be formed out of my mouth.
It took my breath away.
This prayer conveys the perfect example of manhood and fatherhood. What a father should be to his family.
A concept that I was never able to fully grasp with my own father.
St. Joseph took on the will of God with submission to The Father, total love, and humility. He was worthy in God’s eyes to be entrusted with the care and guardianship of The Blessed Virgin, and her son, Jesus, Our Savior.
The words touch my heart because the prayer describes what a true Catholic father should be for his children and wife. What an important and blessed calling it is!
“To you God entrusted his only son” To you, God entrusted his child (children.)
“in you Mary placed her trust;” In you, your wife placed her trust.
“with you Christ became man.” With you, your daughter or son becomes a woman or man.
“Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.” Show yourself a father and guide your children in the path of life.
“Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.” Pray and Live in a way that your children will be blessed with grace, mercy and courage and defend them from the evils of the world.
Be sure that you, as a father, are never the source of evil in their lives…but the protection from it!
May we always be open and willing to follow the perfect examples of Jesus, and the role models of parenthood that God the Father blessed us with.
May God bless you and your family on your journey to Him!