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Nine Days to Joseph: Day Six

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By Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC (Mar 15, 2016)
For the 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 Six:

Day Six — St. Joseph, Who Suffered with Love
Dear St. Joseph,

As the day draws closer when I will fully consecrate myself to you, as I draw closer to you, I can't help but notice the scars on your heart, how you suffered with love. You suffered darkness and confusion when Mary was found with child. You suffered the sacrifice of your flesh as you lovingly offered up the absence of bodily intimacy in marriage. You suffered a sword in your heart, with Mary, when Simeon foretold the passion of your Son. You suffered stress and uncertainty when you had to escape with your family to Egypt and live as an immigrant. You suffered crushing anxiety when your 12-year-old Son was lost for three days. You daily suffered fatigue and bodily aches from your manual labor. Worst of all, your fatherly heart grieved at knowing that you could not be there for Jesus and Mary when their darkest hour would one day come.

Saint Joseph, thank you for what you suffered in God's service, in union with your Son, for my salvation. I love you, St. Joseph. Thank you for your yes. Now, please help me to suffer with love as you did. When I suffer, help me not to complain. Help me not to forget love. Help me not to forget others. Dear St. Joseph, through my suffering, watch over my poor heart: May it not harden but rather become more merciful. Help me to remember all God's children who are suffering in the world, and help me to offer my suffering for them and for the good of the Church. I am counting on you, St. Joseph. I know you will be with me, helping me to suffer with love.

Saint Joseph, who suffered with love, please help me also to suffer with a love like yours.

Send your intentions to be remembered by the Marians during the St. Joseph Novena.

Nine Days to St. Joseph
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven
Day Eight
Day Nine
Consecration

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Lydz - Mar 15, 2015

St. Joseph, I thank you for taking care of Jesus and Mother Mary. Please take good care also of my family. Im a sinner. I sin before God. I humbly ask for God's forgiveness in your intecession. Amen.

St Joseph thank you letting me to suffer like you, please take care of my family. Through your intercession may i have a strong heart to accept and face any trial i may encounter. You have a soft heart to listen to my plea, im not asking for material thin - Mar 15, 2015

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tess - Mar 15, 2015

Dear St. Joseph, tjank you for everything. The love that you had given to us. Thank you also for this life blessing to us. May you help me carrying this child safely,healthy and full of love. Thank you very much St. Joseph.

santiago nancy - Mar 15, 2015

Thank you so much st joseph for always hear and answer my prayers you are my patron.ilove u st joseph

koitharash - Mar 15, 2015

St joseph.Thank you for listening to me.i love thee as my own pappa.please support me to face my daytoday life issues as a father support his daughter.
Amen.

Michelle G - Mar 15, 2015

Please bless me and the child God has so graciously given us, please help it to get healthy and strong and please help me to carry the baby to full term .

genalin - Mar 15, 2015

St.Joseph patron of departing souls,pray for all my departed love obes,that they may enter the kingdom of God.Pray also for my family to keep them in peace and with forgiving hearts, amen

amy - Mar 15, 2015

St. Joseph, help me not to lose heart in all that I entrusted to you. Help me to find God's path for my life and to know it. Amen.

Susan - Mar 16, 2015

St. Joseph, I am very thankful for all the blessings you intervened on our behalf, may I again ask humbly for another intercession, to please allow my son Al Stephen Sarmiento to pass his Bar Exam. In the name, of Jesus we pray...

Mother of 8 - Mar 16, 2015

Dear St. Joseph: I ask you in a particular way to watch over my daughter as she struggles with anorexia. Please guard her heart and bring her closer to Jesus and Mary. Another daughter struggles with scrupulosity- please help her to know the infinite love of God for her. I ask your intercession for my four sons and two remaining daughters, that they may be comforted by God's mercy and love during this hard time for our family. Finally, dear St. Joseph, for my husband and myself, I ask your blessing on our marriage. Please help us to continue to love and have confidence and joy in one another. Help us to meet our financial obligations. Thank you for protecting our family from worse evil. I love you, St. Joseph.

Jude Thaddeus, my Patron Saint - Mar 16, 2015

Oh St. Joseph, beloved foster father of Jesus my/our Savior...you, Joseph, greatly suffered as did Mary, your beloved and pure wife...I implore your intercession as you find and send to us the right buyer for our house ASAP. I pray that I can relinquish my sometimes lack of total trust in and about God's timing and greater plan for us through this process...that in relinquishing such failure on my part, I am filled with complete peace and anticipation of Jesus' great love, mercy and compassion for me and my husband. JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.

Aireen - Mar 16, 2015

Dear St Joseph,

Thank you for what you suffered in God's service, in union with your son,for my salvation.I love you, St joseph. Thank you for your yes. Now please help me to suffer as you did and help me not to complain from it. I pray for all my suffering specially when i failed for my academic studies. I pray that please help me how to do my best and how to do the God's will for me. Please help me that I can make it in the future. Specially passing my CIA and CPA Licensure Exams. Thank you very much and We Love You St. Joseph spouse of blessed virgin Mary.

Imelda - Mar 16, 2015

Through the intercession of St Joseph, Lord, we thank you for all that we are and have, and ask you for more blessings for peace, love and provision for my family.

Senker - Mar 16, 2015

Dear St . Joseph I submit my sufferings to you. All litigation surrounding me and my family.and all businesses that I try to get involved and are not holding,be turned around to success. Open up more businesses,let all litigants against me fail though Jesus Christ our Lord Amen

levnevsa - Mar 20, 2015

Please St Joseph, pray I am able to find a job so that I can provide a home for my family. We are so in need of God's mercy to enable this to happen. I it is God's will, may I have a job and home soon. Thanks so much for your prayers.

franzy - Mar 23, 2015

Dear St. Joseph
I come to you entrUsting everything ive been through and going through in my life. Sufferings and trials comes alon my way, help me pray to our God that we, with your great help, may conquer each of them. Let my heart and mind be always ready to accept what life may Bring as long as you are with me my dear father. Take away all the negative thoughts and insecurities, burden i feel now. AbOve all may the grace and mercy of God be with us, In Jesus name with the intercession of St. Joseph And mama Mary, amen.

Nancy - Apr 27, 2015

Thank you St Joseph for all the graces you have obtained by your fiudelity to grace, fidelity to the interior life, love of the Blessed Virgin Mary and love of the child Jesus. Thank you for St Brother Andre and the grace to visit your Oratory on my way to Medjugorje and Lourdes on Pilgrimage. Thank you for your benelolent patronage of the holy catholic apostolic Church, our country Canada, our families and especially all the sick and the dying in the world!

Klp - Mar 6, 2016

Dear St Joseph,
Please help me to suffer with love. I suffer because I am constantly worried about my children, reproaching myself for not having been a better mother, for giving a sick father to my children. St Joseph, please be my children's spiritual father and intercede for them. Thank you!

Klp - Mar 15, 2016

Dear St Joseph,
How I suffered when my children made mistakes, knowing I am responsible because I did not give them a good home to grow up in. Please help my broken family to start anew with hope after our suffering.

Bill - Mar 15, 2016

St. Joseph, thank you for watching over me the first 22 years of my career. I come to you know asking for your help in battling to keep my job. I need your help, I need your guidance. Please St. Joseph I don't want to lose my job.