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 most Loving of Fathers. O St. 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. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.
Monday, January 2, 2006
A Gift of Gracias
A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia, by Julia Alvarez, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal, Knopf Books for Young Readers. Julia Alvarez tells a beautiful story of a young Spanish girl who helps to save her family's farm with the help of Our Lady of Altagracia.A Gift of Graciasis available in many libraries, however, my family recommends purchasing this picture book. The feast of Our Lady of Altagracia is January 21.