March 19, 2024
St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Pray for Us!
For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
Matthew 1:20

Imagine intimately witnessing the miracle of the Incarnation. We cannot fathom the power of the Holy Spirit except as a matter of faith. St. Joseph demonstrates such faith in willingly accepting his role in the Holy Family, as this miracle that is beyond human understanding unfolds.

All the miracles of the Old Testament anticipate this miracle, and all miracles after the Incarnation result from it. The power of the Holy Spirit is this powerful throughout time and continues today. Every day of our lives, the Holy Spirit asks us to accept our part in the ongoing miracle of the Incarnation. On this feast of St. Joseph, we ask for his intercession in helping us prepare for whatever may be asked of us, that in faith we act in accordance with God’s will.

- Deborah A. Meister

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 • Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 • Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 • Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a

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March 20, 2024 at 06:37 AM

St Joseph, thank you for your example of faith. Pray for us! May we to, embrace in all faithfulness God's plan and purpose in our lives. Amen! I'm pretty much a part of the Joseph clan. My maiden name is Joseph. St. Joseph, patron saint of the family, pray for us.

deborah meister Respond to comment
March 19, 2024 at 05:38 PM

What inspiration there is in your comments! I don't often comment, but I do read through the comments on many days because the Living Faith family reminds me daily of God's great love for us. In this little corner of the Internet, the Body of Christ reaches out to those who need prayer, a voice of hope, and a a place to share how God is working in your life. Your witness to prayer and to your deep faith never fail to fill me with hope.

jane
March 20, 2024 at 06:54 AM

Deborah, thank you for continuing to share your gifts with us through your contributions to Living Faith. Our active community appreciates you and so does our Lord. Amen.

March 19, 2024 at 04:58 PM

Romans 4:13-16, “Abraham and his family received a promise. (WHAT PROMISE? RECEIVE THE WORLD) God promised that Abraham would receive the world. (HOW? NOT BY OBEYING THE LAW) It would not come to him because he obeyed the law. (HOW? BY FAITH BEING RIGHT WITH GOD) It would come because of his faith, which made him right with God. (OBEYING GOD’S LAW WILL NOT RECEIVE GOD’S PROMISE) Do those who depend on the law receive the promise? (IF OBEYING THE LAW WILL RECEIVE GOD’S PROMISE, THEN FAITH IS MEANINGLESS AND GOD’S PROMISE IS WORTHLESS) If they do, faith would mean nothing. God’s promise would be worthless. (THE LAW ONLY SHOWS US OUR SIN) The law brings God’s anger. Where there is no law, the law can’t be broken. (HOW? BY FAITH THROUGH GOD’S GRACE) The promise is based on God’s grace. The promise comes by faith. All of Abraham’s children will certainly receive the promise. And it is not only for those who are ruled by the law. Those who have the same faith that Abraham had are also included. He is the father of us all.” *** Romans 3:20, “So no one will be considered right with God by obeying the law. Instead, the law makes us more aware of our sin.” *** Romans 3:22, “We are made right with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. This happens to all who believe. It is no different for the Jews than for the Gentiles.” *** Romans 3:23, “Everyone (that means every human being with no exception) has sinned. No one (that mean not one or any human being with no exception) measures up to God’s glory.” ******* The Good News in Romans 3:24-25a, “The free gift of God’s grace makes us right with Him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free. God gave Christ as a sacrifice to pay for sins through the spilling of His blood. So God forgives the sins of those who have FAITH!” *** SO? Romans 3:27-28, “So who can brag? No one! Are people saved by the law that requires them to obey? Not at all! They are saved because of the law that requires faith. We firmly believe that a person is made right with God because of their faith. They are not saved by obeying the law.” *** I am saved by God’s grace through faith ❤️ Ephesians 2:8-9, “God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it!” *** Once saved, I obey the law and do good work! Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good works. Long ago God prepared these works for us to do.”

March 19, 2024 at 03:04 PM

What does anyone know about burying a statue of St. Joseph in selling a house???

Bill S
March 20, 2024 at 12:37 AM

Salina, supposedly burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard is said to ask him to intercede for you, the Seller, to find a buyer. The statue is buried upside down, facing the house, as a prayerful gesture for St. Joseph’s intercession. After the sale, the seller unearths the statue and places it in a new home as a sign of gratitude.

March 19, 2024 at 02:20 PM

A prayer…. St Joseph, Hope of the Sick. May your compassion enfold our fragility, bringing us the comfort of the divine presence. We join you in prayer, crying out: “Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God, speak a word of healing!”

March 19, 2024 at 10:22 AM

Thank you Deborah for your contributions to the living faith family. Joseph is my middle name. Praying right now for Bill's friend Rick, MaryBeth husband and Jane and her friend Karen. Living faith family I just watched program called "What would you do " if you haven't seen this goggle it or try to see it. Shows people being the best they can be after being set up with awkward situations. Thank you guys for prayers for my children Stephanie and Christine Debbie and Anna. Pam Batavia is very close we all feel that tragedy. Peggy, Stormy, Bill and Jane your contributions always inspire me. As always keep the souls in purgatory and those who have no one to pray for them and the first responders and essential workers in yor prayers. Ken

March 19, 2024 at 09:57 AM

Good morning LFF, When I think about St. Joseph, many thoughts come to mind but the most important thing I have contemplated was to “always do the right thing”. That advice, which I have always imparted upon my three adult sons, has never failed me. If we search our hearts, we will know what the right thing is to do, just as St. Joseph was a righteous and just man. Prayers please for my friend Rick, who is still battling cancer. It is now in the bone, his doctors think it’s treatable so praying for a successful treatment plan. Blessings for the day to all.

jane
March 20, 2024 at 06:51 AM

Praying for Rick. O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of your being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you. (Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying) Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.

peggyR
March 19, 2024 at 01:57 PM

Sending prayers of both strength and comfort for your friend Rick and his family. Praying that the doctors are able to treat it with a successful outcome. St Peregrine, please pray for Rick.

March 19, 2024 at 09:06 AM

Deborah your words inspire me to recall all the times I have turned to St. Joseph and he has helped me. Thank you for your reflection and words. St. Joseph must have been an amazing man to be as strong as he was throughout the initial doubt and later struggles. For some happy news, I will give an update on Journey: She is having a blast with he new brother, a 90 pound German Shepherd LOL She likes to steal his rubber bone and run with it to have him chase her. He is very gentle with her and loves to follow her around. Journey is from a small community in Noble Oklahoma and she has 6 puppies that need to find a home if anyone is near that area and possibly looking for a puppy :) (I drove many hours to get Journey and it was well worth it) Blessing to all the LFF. Prayers for Karen and Mary Beths husband and for those with extra needs these days. May God hold each and everyone of us in his hands to protect and guide us.

March 19, 2024 at 08:57 AM

Mary Beth, St. Joseph is my patron saint and I was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City. I pray right now and throughout the day for your husband’s swift recovery and for peace for you and your family

March 19, 2024 at 08:24 AM

Amen. :)

March 19, 2024 at 08:18 AM

AMEN!

March 19, 2024 at 08:07 AM

Good morning LFF. Deborah, your devotion rings true for me today in a way I cannot even describe. May I please ask everyone for your prayers for my husband who suffered a heart attack yesterday and is in our local hospital named Saint Joseph. Before I left the hospital late last night I said a prayer in the hospital chapel and felt incredibly blessed by both St. Joseph and our Blessed Mother. Blessings to everyone today and thank you to Saints Joseph and Michael for protecting my husband and family through all this. Amen

deborah meister
March 19, 2024 at 05:25 PM

Count on our prayers! I will be praying for your husband, the doctors, and nurses, and for you. Through the intercession of St. Joseph.

peggyR
March 19, 2024 at 02:03 PM

Praying for your husband, MaryBeth.May Blessed St Joseph, on his Feast Day bring him back on the road to good health. Praying for you as well, MaryBeth. God bless you and all of your family.

Rita
March 19, 2024 at 12:05 PM

Mary Beth, praying for your husband and your family. May the Lord keep you in his loving arms. Rita

Pam
March 19, 2024 at 10:06 AM

Mary Beth, I truly believe in Divine Intervention, and your husband being in St. Joseph’s Hospital, and today being his St. Joseph’s Feast Day are answered prayers. And you have my prayers for your husband’s uneventful, steady recovery, and for God’s peace to surround you. God Bless us all and all who we love❣️ St. Joseph, please pray for us.

jane
March 19, 2024 at 09:54 AM

MaryBeth, asking for God to come to your husband's aid and provide comfort and healing. Sending you light for the path ahead. Amen.

Bill S
March 19, 2024 at 09:49 AM

Mary Beth, Praying for your husband and his health care team. May he have a successful outcome and recovery from this cardiac event.

Irene
March 19, 2024 at 09:43 AM

Many prayers for your husband! May he have an uneventful recovery & return home to you.

Stormy
March 19, 2024 at 08:54 AM

Prayers Mary Beth for your husband along with your entire family and all those taking care of him.

EN
March 19, 2024 at 08:36 AM

Prayers for your husband and your entire family.

March 19, 2024 at 07:11 AM

Deborah, thank you for the devotion today. What an amazing person St. Joseph must have been. Sometimes I wonder how he would physically experience Jesus as a baby. Would he feel something different when he held this child? Would the child hold his gaze longer with his parents? Wishing all a blessed day. Lifting Karen as she goes through her treatments on Mondays. May God grant her comfort in her suffering. Amen.

Joe G
March 19, 2024 at 06:55 PM

Jane, this is such a wonderful sentiment and my prayers for your friend Karen. If you want to listen to a beautiful insight on this matter, play the song Joseph’s Lullaby by MercyMe—it’s beautiful, so poignant it brings me to tears each time I hear it (usually at Christmas time ). God bless you and all at Living Faith!

peggyR
March 19, 2024 at 02:12 PM

Sending prayers of hope and comfort for your friend Karen. Asking Our Lord Jesus and St Joseph, His earthly father bestow their Love and healing warmth on her as she bravely endures her treatments. May they result in a full recovery for her.

March 19, 2024 at 07:07 AM

Lord please hear our prayers and bring your light to all those suffering in Haiti, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, the Sudan, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Send them your light. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Haiti, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

March 19, 2024 at 06:37 AM

Thank you Deborah... blessed St. Joseph Day to all LFF and may the the Holy Spirit descend upon us all and the whole world... thank you Lord for your wondrous mercies over and over

March 19, 2024 at 03:38 AM

Blessed St. Joseph, thank you for helping me to raise my children with grace, honesty, faith and support! May they always look to me and you for answers to all their questions. Amen!

Patrick
March 19, 2024 at 04:22 PM

Amen to that. Many times I have asked St. Joseph “how would you handle this?” when facing difficult challenges in my marriage and parenting. It all worked out, thanks be to God and St. Joseph. Patrick Joseph

St. Joseph with Jesus Christ, patron saint of fathers, workers. Image by ckybe, generative AI | stock.adobe.com
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