Well, now. I'm not gonna lie. I was not expecting that kind of response to my invitation yesterday. I thought maybe there'd be five or six people who would join in. A small little prayer circle. And that would have been awesome.
But instead I have 62 names written down that were given to me personally and the post has been shared countless times with a whole bunch more people saying they will be joining in.
I'm so glad. I hope and pray that it will be fruitful for all of our men, for us, and for our families. God wants to bless each of our husbands and families so very much. What a gift for them when we as women can unite with each other to pray for them. The strength of that I don't think we can comprehend here on earth. I can't wait to see what God wants to do with this.
This doesn't usually happen but I was struck with the thought yesterday to remind people to be on guard. When we open ourselves up to this grace and especially when it's in a selfless way for the good of these men and when we are banded together to do it, there is someone who is not gonna be happy. Even when it's something simple like this. He will do his best to prevent it, to make you resentful, to tempt us to keep score (he's never prayed something like this for ME. Hmmph.), to throw in some stressful situations, to highlight all the imperfections of our spouse, and tempt us to give up. But the first step is realizing that if this is a battle then we just entered the firing zone. He goes after those seeking something better. Seeking holiness. The more good he thinks it will do, the more he will fight it. Aaand I hope that motivates you rather than discourages you ;)
Also, don't forget the power of fasting for these men. After all, our Lord Himself reminds us that some transformations can only take place with prayer and fasting.
All right, ladies, let's do this.
I won't post a reminder every day. I'm pretty sure you all can handle remembering without me nagging you :) But the devotion for each day can be found here. And at the end of the devotion is this prayer:
Saint Joseph, I, your unworthy child, greet you. You are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have special confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I place all my hope of salvation in you, for you are especially powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. Therefore I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:
(Mention your request).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.
Remember, most pure spouse of Mary, ever Virgin, my loving protector, Saint Joseph, that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked for your aid without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come before you and humbly implore you. Despise not my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them. Amen.
Please let me know if you'd like me to add a name to my super fancy list!
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