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Nine Days to Joseph: Day Four
By Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC (Mar 13, 2016)
For the new Marian Press title Meet Your Spiritual Father: A Brief Introduction to St. Joseph by Dr. Mark Miravalle, Hearts Afire: Parish-based Programs creator Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, composed a special nine-day preparation for entrustment to St. Joseph. Here's Day Four:
Day Four — St. Joseph, Strong Guardian
Dear St. Joseph,
When I think that God gave me my guardian angel and St. Michael to daily watch over me and defend me, I'm not afraid. But then, when I think that you, you who are even more powerful before God, are my spiritual father, when I think that you are the "Terror of Demons," when I think of how you protected the Baby Jesus from Herod, then I am completely at peace (or, at least I know I should be).
Saint Joseph, please pray that I will have the peace that comes from trusting in your fatherly protection. Saint Joseph, I believe that you will protect me from my enemies, seen and unseen. I believe that you will protect me from bodily and spiritual harm. I trust in your fatherly care. Saint Joseph, I will do my best not to give in to fear, knowing that you are praying for me in a special way as a child who has formally consecrated himself to your fatherly care.
Saint Joseph, Strong Guardian, please defend me with your prayers.
Send your intentions to be remembered by the Marians during the St. Joseph Novena.
Nine Days to St. Joseph