Author: Lisa Graas
•1/25/2004 01:19:00 PM
A friend shared this very powerful prayer with me and so I'm sharing it with you. I'm praying this novena this week for my family.

Prayer to St. Joseph over 1900 years old
O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach you while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Author: Lisa Graas
•1/19/2004 11:37:00 AM
I've met so many people this weekend. One hears voices so loudly that they interfere with her prayers. Another has been unable to find the right medication for herself and so she struggles with bipolar disorder unmedicated. Her insurance won't cover her visits to a psychiatrist, so she can't go to one. Another is just returning to the Church, attending her first Mass since she was a child. There is, and has been, so much darkness in these people's lives, and yet they bring me so much light. I realize how merciful the Lord is when I see people in such dire circumstances who refuse to give up their faith. It would be so easy for them to give up, but this is not an option for them.

I have been there, too. I have been in the darkness, and to some extent I still am. I can't imagine giving up my faith in the Lord. To give up faith is to give up hope, and to give up on love, as well. To give up faith is to give up everything that God is about. Mercy, compassion, etc. Who could give that up? Some do, and it is sad to see it happen. I know a man who has given up, and now he is spiraling downward into an abyss of unhappiness. It is sad to see. Pray for him, and for all like him. There is hope.

Thanks for listening.

Love from Lisa