On this feast of St. Joseph the Worker, we pray for our TNRS community and families that anyone seeking employment would be granted a good job through the intercession of St. Joseph and his Spouse, Mary, by the power of their Son, the Child Jesus.
Dear Saint Joseph, you were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon _____ in anxiety due to inability to support his/her family. Please help him/her find gainful employment very soon, so that this great burden of concern will be lifted from his/her heart and that _____ is soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to his/her care. Help him/her guard against discouragement, so that s/he may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. Amen.
Also of note this day is the traditional dedication of the month of May to Mary. We gaze upon this image of Our Lady of Tepeyac in this post as this is how Blessed Mother wishes to be known in our times, for she *is* the Mother of Conversion and oh! how each one of us, our families and our world need to be converted.
Mindful that our readership is comprised of non-Catholics as well as Catholics, I share, again, Charlie’s elegant piece: Mary and the Saints – for Protestants as a tribute to Mary, the Mother of God, in this month of May. It will be such a joy to one day be united as one flock under one shepherd! Thanks be to God, He is already at work in His process of uniting us.
Listening to the whispers of this day, I am nudged to urge us all to either invite Mary more deeply into our lives or to, perhaps, invite her for the first time. God never forces. His Mother never forces. Our Mother’s adversary is the control freak. A first time encounter with Mary may best be engaged by asking her Son to reveal His Mother to you. I can only witness to the truth that upon asking Blessed Mother to bring me closer to her Son, I found myself in the richest relationship to Jesus through her. An Eucharistic Prayer in the Church conveys, “The Virgin Mother bore Him in her womb with love beyond all telling.” She WILL show you how to love Christ in this way. Ask and you shall receive. At the foot of the Cross, Jesus entrusted us all to her maternal care when He said to St. John: “Behold your mother.” But God doesn’t force us. It is we who must ask, invite Mary to be a mother to us.
We’ve spoken much on this site about choosing, choosing God, choosing to trust Him, choosing to believe He has a Plan. Choosing by our own power is puny compared to choosing empowered by God’s Grace. Mary is the Mediatrix of her Son’s Graces pouring upon us from His Cross – if we but ask for them. Mary our Mother awaits our asking. She is ready to intercede for all the graces we’ll ever need. Ask and you shall receive.