Prayer For Fathers Of Families
St. 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,
They look to you because they know
you will understand and protect them.
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 with Mary,
His tender Mother.
Assure those you protect
that they do not labor alone.
Teach them to find Jesus near them
and to watch over Him faithfully
as you have done.
- Pope John XXIII
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