St Pope John XXIII’s Prayer for Fathers

Saint Joseph,
Guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.

You supported the holy family of Nazareth
with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.

You know their aspirations,
their hardships, their hopes.

They look to you because they know
you will understand and protect them.
You too knew trial, labour and weariness.

But amid the worries of material life,
your soul was full of deep peace
and sang out in true joy
through intimacy with God’s Son
entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect
that they do not labour alone.

Teach them to find Jesus near them
and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.

Amen.
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As featured in the September 2011 edition of CathFamily E-Magazine.

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