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St. Joseph, patron of right now and mercy!


Present Moment Mercy

Mike Wick, executive director of the Institute on Religious Life, believes St. Joseph is also the patron of right now.

The beauty of Joseph is that he lived totally in the present moment,” said Wick.

No matter the situation, Suprenant admires the quick response on the part of St. Joseph. “‘Okay, we will be married.’  ‘Okay, let’s go to Egypt.’ ‘Okay, let’s go find Jesus.’ ‘I realize you’re the Son of God, but I’ll show you what I know.’ He was docile and willing to put himself at the service of Divine Mercy, in that regard.”

Suprenant connects Joseph’s response to another aspect of mercy, too.

Being unmerciful means insisting on your path,” he explained. But St. Joseph did the opposite.

He was always docile to what the Lord wanted him to do, and that really is a key component to mercy,” explained Suprenant. “In other words, for us to be merciful to others means we have to be willing to change, and Joseph was willing to change and to receive  instructions in a dream and do things that he otherwise might consider unthinkable.”


Pope Francis spoke of “St. Joseph is the model educator and father, the model for dads."Certainly, along with Mary as the model mother and Mother of Mercy, St. Joseph is the model father and father of mercy.

                  Prayer to Saint Joseph for Success in Work

                                                             Glorious St. Joseph, 
                                                              model of all those who are devoted to labour, 
                                                              obtain for me the 
grace to work conscientiously, 
                                                              putting the call of
 duty above my many sins; 
                                                              to work with thankfulness and joy, 
                                                              considering it an 
honour to employ and develop, 
                                                              by means of labour, 
gifts received from God; 
                                                              to work with order, 
 prudence and patience, 
                                                              never surrendering to weariness or difficulties; 
                                                              to work, above all, 
                                                              with purity of intention, 
                                                              and with detachment from self, 
                                                              having always death before my eyes 
                                                              and the account which I must render of 
time lost, 
                                                              of talents wasted, 
good omitted, 
                                                              of vain complacency in success 
                                                              so fatal to the work of God. 
                                                              All for Jesus, 
                                                              all for Mary, 
                                                              all after thy example, 
 Patriarch Joseph. 
                                                              Such shall be my motto in 
 and death.


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