On the Death of the Just


Court of Heaven - by ANGELICO, Fra - from National Gallery, London

 

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like to Leaven,
which a Woman took and hid in Three Measures of Meal,
until the Whole was Leavened" - Matthew 13:33.

 

On the Death of the Just

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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In this Day's Gospel, we find that a Woman, after putting Leaven in the Dough, waits till the 'Entire', is Fermented. Here the Lord gives us to Understand, that the Kingdom of Heaven - that is, the Attainment-of Eternal Beatitude - is like the Leaven. By the Leaven is Understood the Divine Grace, which makes the Soul acquire Merits for Eternal (∞) Life. But this Eternal (∞) Life is obtained, only when "the Whole is Leavened"; that is, when the Soul has arrived-at the End-of the Present Life, and the Completion-of Her Merits. We shall then, speak today of the Death of the Just, which we should not Fear, but should Desire with our Whole Souls. For, says Saint Bonaventure, "Triplex in morte congratulatio, hominem ab omni labore, peccato, et periculo liberari". Man should Rejoice at Death, for Three (3) Reasons:

First (1st), because Death 'Delivers' him from Labor - that is, from Suffering the Miseries of this Life, and the Assaults of his Enemies.

Secondly (2nd), because it 'Delivers' him from Actual Sins.

Thirdly (3rd), because it 'Delivers' him from the Danger of Falling into Hell, and 'Opens' Paradise to him.

 

First Point
Death Delivers us from the Miseries of this Life
and from the Assaults of our Enemies

What is Death? Saint Eucherius answers that "Death is the End of Miseries". Job said that our Life, however Short it may be, is Full-of Miseries, of Infirmities, of Crosses, of Persecutions, and Fears. "Man born of a Woman, Living for a Short Time, is filled with many Miseries" - Job 14:1. What, says Saint Augustine, do Men who Wish for a Prolongation-of Life on this Earth, desire, but a Prolongation-of Suffering? "Quid est diu vivere nisi diu torqueri" - Sermon 17. Yes, for as Saint Ambrose remarks, the Present Life was given-to us, not for Repose and Enjoyment, but for Labor and Suffering, that by Toils and Pains, we may Merit Paradise. "Haec vita homini non ad quietem data est, sed ad laborem" - Sermon 43. Hence the same Holy Doctor says that, though Death is the Punishment of Sin, still the Miseries of this Life are so-Great, that Death appears to be a Relief, rather than a Chastisement. "Ut mors remedium videatur esse, non poena"

Kindness of Death to the Just -
by Evelyn de Morgan

"O Beloved Death, in what a Mistaken Light do Men view you. Why do you not come to me? I call you Day and Night"

Quote by Saint Catherine of Genoa

 

To those who Love God, the Severest of all the Crosses of this Life, are the Assaults of Hell, to Rob them of the Divine Grace. Hence, Saint Denis the Areopagite says that they Joyfully meet Death, as the End of their Combats, and embrace it with Gladness, because they Hope to Die a Good Death, and to be thus Freed from all Fear of ever Falling into Sin. "Divino gaudio et mortis terminum tanquam ad finem certaminum tendunt, non amplius metuentes perverti". The Greatest Consolation which a Soul that Loves God experiences, at the approach-of Death, arises from the Thought-of being delivered-from so many Temptations, from so many Remorses of Conscience, and from so many Dangers of Offending God. Ah! says Saint Ambrose, as-long-as we Live, "We Walk among Snares". We Walk continually-in the Midst-of the Snares of our Enemies, who lie-in-wait, to Deprive us of the Life of Grace. It was the Fear of Falling into Sin, that made Saint Peter of Alcantara, in his Last Moments, say to a Lay Brother who, in attending the Saint, accidentally touched him: "Brother, Remove, Remove, Remove from me, for I am still Alive and in Danger of being Lost". The Thought-of being Freed-from the Danger of Sin, by Death, Consoled Saint Teresa, and made her Rejoice as-often-as she heard the Clock Strike, that an Hour of the Combat was Past. Hence she used to say: "In each Moment of Life, we may Sin and Lose God". Hence the News of approaching Death, filled the Saints, not with Sorrow or Regret, but with Sentiments-of Joy, because they knew that their Struggles and the Dangers of Losing the Divine Grace, were soon to have an End.

"But the Just Man, if he be Presented with Death, shall be in Rest" - Wisdom 4:7. He who is prepared-to Die, regards Death as a Relief. If, says Saint Cyprian, you lived-in a House, whose Walls and Roof were Tottering and Threatening Destruction, would you not Fly-from it, as-soon-as Possible? In this Life, everything Menaces Ruin to the Poor Soul: the World, the Devils, the Flesh, the Passions; all draw Her to Sin, and to Eternal (∞) Death. It was this that made Saint Paul exclaim: "Who shall Deliver me from the Body of this Death?" - Romans 7:24. Who shall Deliver me from this Body of Mine, which Lives continually in a Dying State, on account-of the Assaults of my Enemies? Hence he Esteemed Death as a Great Gain, because it brought-to him the Possession-of Jesus Christ, his True Life. Happy then are they who Die in the Lord, because they Escape-from the Pains and Toils, and go to Rest. "Blessed are the Dead, who Die in the Lord. From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may Rest from their Labors" - Revelation 14:13. It is related in the Lives of the Ancient Fathers, that one of them who was very Old, when Dying, 'Smiled' while the others Wept. Being asked why he 'Smiled', he said: Why do you Weep at seeing me go to Rest? Ex labore ad requiem vado, et vos ploratis? At the Hour of Death, Saint Catherine of Siena said to her Sisters in Religion: Rejoice with me , for I leave this Land of Suffering, and am going to the Kingdom of Peace. The Death of the Saints is called a 'Sleep', that is, the Repose which God gives to His Servants, as the Reward of their Toil. "When He shall give Sleep to His Beloved . . . Behold the Inheritance of the Lord" - Psalm 126:2-3. Hence the Soul that Loves God, neither Weeps nor is Troubled at the approach-of Death, but embracing the Crucifix, and Burning-with Love, She says: "In Peace in the Self Same I will Sleep, and I will Rest" - Psalm 4:9.

Viaticum -
Food for the Journey

During Viaticum, that "Proficiscere de hoc Mundo" ("Depart Christian Soul from this World"), which is so Appalling to Sinners at the Hour of Death, does not Alarm the Saints. "But the Souls of the Just, are in the Hand of God, and the Torment of Death shall not Touch them" - Wisdom 3:1. The Saint is not Afflicted like Worldlings, at the Thought-of being obliged to-leave the Goods of this Earth, because he has Kept the Soul detached-from them. During Life, he always regarded God, as the Lord of his Heart, and as the Sole Riches which he Desired. "For what have I in Heaven? and besides Thee, what do I Desire upon Earth? For Thee, my Flesh and my Heart hath Fainted away: Thou art the God of my Heart, and the God that is my Portion, forever" - Psalm 72:25-26. He is not Afflicted at leaving Honors, because the only Honor which he sought, was to Love and to be Loved by God. All the Honors of this World, he has Justly Esteemed as Smoke and Vanity. He is not Afflicted at leaving his Relatives, because he Loved them, only in God. In his Last Moments, he Recommends them to his Heavenly Father, Who Loves them more than he does. And having a Secure Confidence of Salvation, he hopes to be better-able to Assist his Relatives from Paradise, than from this Earth. In a word, what he Frequently said during Life, he continues to-Repeat with Greater Fervor, at the Hour of Death - "My God and my All".

Besides, his Peace is not Disturbed by the Pains of Death; but, seeing that he is now at the End of his Life, and that he has no-more Time to Suffer for God, or to offer Him other Proofs of Love, he accepts those Pains with Joy, and offers them to God, as the Last Remains of Life; and Uniting his Death, with the Death of Jesus Christ, he offers it, to the Divine Majesty.

And although the Remembrance-of the Sins which he has Committed, will Afflict, it will not Disturb him, for since he is 'Convinced' that the Lord will Forget the Sins of all True Penitents, the very Sorrow which he 'Feels' for his Sins, gives him an Assurance-of Pardon. "But if the Wicked do Penance . . . I will not Remember all his Iniquities that he hath done" - Ezekiel 18:21-22. "How", asks Saint Basil, "can anyone be certain that God has Pardoned his Sins? He may be Certain of Pardon if he say: I have Hated and Abhorred Iniquity". He who Detests his Sins, and Offers-to God his Death in-Atonement-for them, may Rest-Secure that God has Pardoned them. "Mors", says Saint Augustine, " quae in lege naturae erat poena peccati in lege gratiae est hostia pro peccato". Death, which was a Chastisement of Sin under the Law-of-Nature, has become, in the Law of Grace, a 'Victim' of Penance, by which the Pardon of Sin is obtained.

The very Love which the Soul Bears-to God, 'Assures' Her of His Grace, and delivers Her from the Fear of being Lost. "Charity casteth out Fear" - 1John 4:18. If at the Hour of Death, you are unwilling to Pardon an Enemy, or to 'Restore' what is not your own, or if you Wish to keep-up an Improper Friendship, then Tremble-for your Eternal (∞) Salvation, for you have Great-Reason to be Afraid of Death; but if you seek to avoid Sin, and to Preserve in your Heart, a Testimony that you Love God, be-assured that He is with you; and if the Lord is with you, what do you Fear? And if you Wish to be Assured that you have within you the Divine Love, Embrace Death with Peace, and Offer it from your Heart, to God. He that Offers his Death, makes an Act of Love the Most Perfect that it is possible for him to-Perform; because by Cheerfully Embracing Death, to-Please God, at the 'Time' and in the 'Manner' which God Ordains, he becomes like the Martyrs, the entire Merit of whose Martyrdom, consisted-in Suffering and Dying to Please God.

 

Second Point
Death Frees us from Actual Sins

It is Impossible to Live in this World, without Committing at least some Slight Faults. "For a Just Man shall Fall Seven Times" - Proverbs 24:16. He who Ceases to Live, Ceases-to Offend God. Hence, Saint Ambrose called Death the Burial-of Vices; by Death they are Buried, and never appear again. "Quid est mors nisi sepultura vitiorum?" - De Bono Mortis. The Venerable Vincent Caraffa, Consoled himself at the Hour of Death, by saying: Now that I Cease to Live, I Cease Forever to Offend my God. He who Dies in the Grace of God, goes-into that Happy State, in which he shall Love God Forever (∞), and shall never more Offend Him. "Mortuus", says the same Holy Doctor, "nescit pecare. Quid tantopere vitam istam desideramus, in qua quanto diutius quis fuerit, tanto majori oneratur sareina peccatorum". How can we Desire this Life, in which the Longer we Live, the Greater shall be the Load-of our Sins?

Hence, the Lord Praises the Dead, more-than any Man Living: "And I Praised the Dead, rather than the Living" - Ecclesiastes 4:2. Because no Man on this Earth, however Holy he may be, is Exempt-from Sins. A Spiritual Soul gave Directions, that the Person who should bring to her the News-of Death, should say: "Console yourself, for the Time has arrived, when you shall no longer Offend God".

Saint Ambrose adds that God Permitted Death to Enter-into the World, that by Dying, Men should cease-to Sin: "Passus est Dominus subintrare mortem ut culpa cessaret". It is then, a Great Error, to Imagine that Death is a Chastisement for those who Love God. It is a Mark-of the Love which God Bears-to them, because He Shortens their Life, to put an End to Sin, from which they cannot be Exempt, as-long-as they remain on this Earth. "For his Soul Pleased God: therefore He Hastened to bring him out of the Midst of Iniquities" - Wisdom 4:14.

 

Third Point
Death Delivers us from the Danger of Falling into Hell,
and Opens Paradise to us

"Precious in the Sight of the Lord, is the Death of His Saints" - Psalm 115:15. Considered, According-to the Senses, Death excites Fear and Terror; but, viewed in the Eyes of Faith, it is Consoling and Desirable. To the Saints, it is as Amiable and Precious, as it appears Terrible to Sinners. "It is Precious", says Saint Bernard, "as the End of Labors, the Consummation of Victory, the Gate of Life". The Joy of the 'Cup Bearer' of Pharaoh, at hearing from Joseph that he should soon be Released-from Prison, bears no comparison-to that which a Soul that Loves God, feels on Hearing that She is to be Liberated-from the Exile of this Earth, and to be Transported-to the Enjoyment of God, in Her True Country. The Apostle says that, as-long-as we remain in the Body, we Wander-at a Distance from our Country, in a Strange Land, and far Removed-from the Life of God: "While we are in the Body, we are Absent from the Lord" - 2Corinthians 5:6. Hence, Saint Bruno teaches that our Death should not be called Death, but the Beginning-of Life. "Mors dicenda non est, sed vitae principium". And Saint Athanasius says: "Non est justis mors sed translatio". To the Just, Death is but a Passage-from the Miseries of this Earth, to the Eternal (∞) Delights of Paradise. "O Desirable Death!", exclaimed Saint Augustine, "Who is there that does not Desire thee? For thou art the Term of Evils, the End of Toils, and the Beginning of Everlasting Repose!". "O mors desirabilis, malorum finis, laboris clausula, quietis principium".

No one can Enter-into Heaven to see God, without Passing-through the Gate of Death. "This is the Gate of the Lord, the Just shall enter into it" - Psalm 117:20. Hence, addressing Death, Saint Jerome said: "Aperi mihi soror mea". Death, my 'Sister', if you do not Open the Gate to me, I cannot enter to Enjoy my God. And Saint Charles Borromeo, seeing in his House, a Picture of Death with a Knife in the Hand, sent a Painter to 'Cancel' the Knife, and 'Substitute' for it a 'Key of Gold', because said the Saint, it is Death that Opens Paradise. Were a Queen, confined-in a Dark Prison, how Great would be her Joy, at hearing that the Gates of the Prison are Opened, and that she is to Return-from the Dungeon to her Palace! It was to be Liberated by Death from the Prison-of this Life, that David asked, when he said: "Bring my Soul out of Prison" - Psalm 141:8. This too, was the Favor which the Venerable Simeon asked of the Infant Jesus, when he held Him in his arms: "Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord" - Luke 2:29. "As if Detained by Force", says Saint Ambrose, "he asked to be Dismissed". Simeon sought to be Delivered by Death, as if he had been compelled-by Force, to Live-on this Earth. Saint Cyprian says that the Sinner who shall Pass-from Temporal, to Eternal (∞) Death, has Just Reason to be Afraid of Death. "Mori timeat, qui ad secundum mortem de hac morte transibit". But, he who is in the State of Grace, and Hopes to pass-from Death to Eternal (∞) Life - which is the True Life - Fears not Death. It is Related, that a Certain Man, gave to Saint John the Almoner, a Large Sum of Money to be Dispensed-in Alms, for the Purpose-of obtaining-from God, a Long-Life for his only Son. The Son Died in a Short Time. The Father complained-of the Death of his Son, but to Console him, the Lord sent an Angel to say to him: "You have sought a Long Life for your Son, and the Lord has Heard your Prayer, for your Son is in Heaven, where he enjoys Eternal Life". This is the Grace which, according to the Promise of the Prophet Hosea, the Redeemer obtained for us: "O Death, I will be thy Death" - Hosea 13:14. By His Redemption, Jesus Christ destroyed Death, and changed it into a Source of Life for us. When Saint Pionius, Martyr, was asked how he could go-to Death with so much Joy, he answered: You err, I go not to Death, but to Life. "Erratis non ad mortem, sed ad vitam contendo". Thus also, Saint Symphorosa Exhorted her Son, Saint Symphorian, to Martyrdom: "My Son", said she, "Life is not Taken Away from you, it is only Changed, for a Better One".

Saint Augustine says that they who Love God, Desire to see Him Speedily, and that, therefore, to them, Life is a Cause-of Suffering, and Death an Occasion-of Joy. "Patienter vivit, delectabiliter moritur". Saint Teresa used to say, that to her, Life was Death. Hence she composed the Celebrated Hymn, "I Die, because I do not Die". To that Great Servant of God, D. Sancia Carriglio, a Penitent of Father M. Avila, it was one day revealed that she had but One (1) Year to Live; she answered: "Alas! must I Remain another Year at a distance from God? O Sorrowful Year, which will appear to me, Longer than an Age". Such is the Language of Souls who Love God from their Heart. It is a Mark-of little Love of God, not to Desire-to see Him Speedily.

Some of you will say: I Desire to go to God, but I Fear Death. I am Afraid of the Assaults which I shall then Experience from Hell. I find that the Saints have Trembled at the Hour of Death; but how much more ought I to Tremble! I answer: It is True, that Hell does not Cease-to 'Assail' even the Saints at Death; but it is also True, that God does not Cease-to 'Assist' His Servants at that Moment; and when the Dangers are Increased, He multiplies His Helps. "Ibi plus auxilii", says Saint Ambrose, "ubi plus periculi". The Servant of Elisha was Struck with Terror, when he saw the City surrounded-by Enemies, but the Saint inspired him with Courage, by showing to him a Multitude of Angels, sent by God to Defend it. Hence the Prophet afterwards said: "Fear not: for there are more with us, than with them" - 4Kings (2Kings) 6:16. The Powers of Hell will Assail the Dying Christian, but his Angel Guardian, will come to Console him. His Patrons and Saint Michael, who has been Appointed-by God to defend His Faithful Servants, in their Last Combat with the Devils, will come to his Aid. The Mother of God will come to those who have been Devoted-to her. Jesus Christ shall come to Defend-from the Assaults of Hell, the Souls for which He Died on a Cross; He will give them Confidence and Strength, to Resist every Attack. Hence, filled with Courage, they will say: "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom shall I Fear?" - Psalm 26:1. Truly has Origen said that the Lord is more Desirous-of our Salvation, than the Devil is of our Perdition, because God's Love for us, Surpasses the Devil's Hatred of our Souls. "Major illi cura est, ut nos ad veram pertrahat salutem, quam diabolo, ut nos ad aeternam damnationem impellat" - Homily 20.

God is Faithful; He will never Permit us to be Tempted above our Strength: "Fidelis Deus non patietur vos tentari supra id quod potestis" - 1Corinthian 10:13. It is True that some Saints have Suffered Great Fear at the Hour of Death; but they have been Few. The Lord, as Belluacensis says, has Permitted this Fear, to Cleanse them at Death, from any Defect. "Justi quandoque dure moriendo purgantur in hoc mundo". But we know that, generally speaking, the Saints have Died with a Joyful Countenance. Father Joseph Scamacca, a Man of Holy Life, being asked if in Dying, he felt Confidence-in God, answered: Have I served Mahomet, that I should now Doubt of the Goodness of my God, or of His Wish to Save me? Ah! the Lord knows well how to Console His Servants in their Last Moments. Even in the Midst-of the Agony of Death, He Infuses-into their Souls, a certain Sweetness and a certain Foretaste-of that Happiness which He will soon Bestow upon them. As they who Die in Sin begin to experience-from the Bed of Death, a certain Foretaste-of Hell; certain Extraordinary Terrors, Remorses, and Fits of Despair; so on the other hand, the Saints, by the Fervent Acts of Divine Love which they then make, and by the 'Confidence' and the 'Desire' they feel of soon seeing God, Taste before Death, that Peace which they shall afterwards Fully Enjoy in Heaven.

Father Suarez Died with so much Peace, that in his Last Moments, he said: "I could not have imagined that Death was so Sweet". Being advised-by his Physician, not to 'Fix' his Thoughts so-constantly on Death, Cardinal Baronius said: Is it lest the Fear of Death should Shorten my Life? I Fear not; on the contrary, I Love and Desire Death. Of the Cardinal Bishop of Rochester, Saunders relates that in Preparing-to Die for the Faith, he put on his Best Clothes, saying he was going to a Nuptial Feast. When he came within view of the place-of Execution, he threw-away his Staff, and said: O my Feet, walk Fast, for we are not far from Paradise. "Ite pedes, parum a Paradiso distamus". Before Death, he wished to Recite the Te Deum, in Thanksgiving-to God, for permitting him to Die for the Holy Faith; and Full of Joy, he laid his head on the Block. Saint Francis of Assisi began to sing at the Hour of Death. Brother Elias said to him: Father, at the Hour of Death we ought rather to Weep, than Sing. But, replied the Saint, I cannot Abstain from Singing at the Thought of soon going to Enjoy God. A Nun of the Order-of-Saint Teresa, in her Last Moments, said to her Sisters in Religion, who were in Tears: O God! why do you Weep? I am going to Possess my Jesus; if you Love me, Weep not, but Rejoice with me.

Father Granada relates that a certain Sportsman, found in a Wood a 'Solitary', singing in his Last Agony. How, said the Sportsman, can you Sing in such a State? The Hermit replied: Brother, between me and God there is nothing but the Wall of this Body. I now see that, since my Flesh is Falling in Pieces, the Prison shall be Destroyed, and I shall soon go to see God. It is for this Reason that I Rejoice and Sing. Through the Desire of seeing God, Saint Ignatius, Martyr, said that if the Wild Beasts should 'Spare' him, he would 'Provoke' them to Devour him. "Egovim faciam, ut devorer". Saint Catherine of Genoa was astonished that some Persons regarded Death as a Misfortune, and said: "O Beloved Death, in what a Mistaken Light do Men view you. Why do you not come to me? I call you Day and Night".

Oh! how Peculiarly Happy is the Death of the Servants of Mary! Father Binetti relates that a Person, whom he assisted in his Last Moments, and who was Devoted-to the Blessed Virgin, said to him: "Father, you cannot conceive the Consolation which arises at Death, from the Remembrance of having Served Mary. Ah my Father! if you knew what Happiness I feel on account of having Served this Good Mother! I cannot express it". What Joy shall the Lovers of Jesus Christ experience at His Coming-to them in the most Holy Viaticum! Happy the Soul that can then address Her Savior in the words which Saint Philip Neri used when the Viaticum was brought to him: Behold my Love! Behold my Love! give me my Love! But to Entertain these Sentiments at Death, we must have Ardently Loved Jesus Christ during Life.

 

- End of Liguori Sermon -

 

Prayer for the Graces Necessary for Salvation

Eternal Father, Your Son has Promised that You will Grant us all the Graces which we ask for in His Name. In the Name and Merits of Jesus Christ, I ask the following Graces for myself and for all Mankind. Please give me a Lively Faith in all that the Church Teaches. Enlighten me, that I may know the Vanity of the Goods of this World, and the Immensity of the Infinite Good that You are. Make me also see the Deformity of the Sins I have Committed, that I may Humble myself and Detest them as I should.

Give me a Firm Confidence of Receiving Pardon for my Sins, Holy Perseverance, and the Glory of Heaven, through the Merits of Jesus Christ, and the Intercession of Mary. Give me a Great Love for You, that will Detach me from the Love of this World, and of myself, so that I may Love none other, but You.

I Beg of You a Perfect Resignation to Your Will. I Offer myself entirely to You, that You might do with me, and all that belongs to me, as You Please.

I Beg of You a Great Sorrow for my Sins.

I ask You to give me the Spirit of True Humility and Meekness, that I may Accept with Peace, and even with Joy, all the Contempt, Ingratitude and Ill-treatment I may receive. At the same time, I also ask You to give me Perfect Charity, which shall make me wish well to those who have done Evil to me.

Give me Love for the Virtue of Mortification, by which I may Chastise my Rebellious Senses and oppose my Self-Love. Give me a Great Confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ and in the Intercession of Mary Immaculate. Give me a Great Love for the Blessed Sacrament, and a Tender Devotion and Love to Your Holy Mother. Give me, above all, Holy Perseverance, and the Grace always to Pray for it, especially in Time-of Temptation, and at the Hour-of Death.

Finally, I recommend to You the Holy Souls of Purgatory, my Relatives and Benefactors, and in a special manner I recommend to You all those who Hate me or who have in any way Offended me; I Beg You to Render them Good, for the Evil they have done or may wish to do me. Grant that, by Your Goodness, I may come One Day to sing Your Mercies in Heaven; for my Hope is in the Merits of Your Blood and in the Patronage of Mary. Mary, Mother of God, Pray to Jesus for me.

Amen

 

Ancient Miraculous Prayer to Saint Joseph
Patron of Departing Souls

This Prayer was found in the Fiftieth Year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles, when he was going into Battle. Whoever shall Read this Prayer, or Hear it, or Keep it about themselves, shall never Die a Sudden Death, or be Drowned, nor shall Poison take-effect on them; neither shall they Fall into the Hands of the Enemy, nor shall they be Burned in any Fire, nor shall they be Overpowered in Battle.

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O Saint 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 Saint 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 most Loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never Weary Contemplating you and Jesus Asleep in your Arms; I dare not approach 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, Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, Pray for us.

Amen

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Many Miracles have been attributed to this Daily Prayer.
Make this Prayer known everywhere . . .

 

Consecration to God thru Mary