Divorced Catholic Mother’s Prayer to St. Joseph for Her Children

st joseph with child jesus consecration for divorced Catholic mothers

Somehow I stumbled across this prayer of consecration to St. Joseph online and it touched my heart, so I’m sharing it with you! I’ve adapted a few words in this traditional prayer to St. Joseph to make it more appropriate for divorced and single Catholic mothers by replacing “us” or”we” with “I.” No other changes were made. When my husband moved out I was bereft. We had a beautiful statue of St. Joseph, a gift from my mother-in-law, and I so asked St. Joseph to be “the man of the house.” I have entrusted to St. Joseph all my attempts to work and earn income since he has the title “St. Joseph The Worker.” It gives me comfort to know that as he cared for Mary and Jesus, he also cares for me and my children. Perhaps you’ll also find comfort in turning to St Joseph. A Mother’s Prayer Consecrating Her Children to St. Joseph O glorious St. Joseph,  to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. I come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given me.  Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of…

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Novena Prayers to St. Joseph, Advocate for My Divorced Catholic Family

St Joseph image with child on Mexican retalbo oil on tin

My St. Joseph I turned to St. Joseph in prayer after my divorce and asked him to watch out for me and my little family. It gave me comfort to know that the foster-father of Jesus, who took such good care of the Divine Child, would watch over us and pray for us. I asked him to be the man of the house. Yes, he is the patron saint of fathers, but also of workers. (And any prayers for the children’s fathers is helpful to the children, right? Just grit your teeth and bite your tongue…it’s okay! Don’t stop reading yet!) Advocate for Families To further convince you that St. Joseph might be a good advocate for divorced mothers and their families, listen to this: The Catholic News Agency reported that Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas said, “…But we should also see [St. Joseph] now as a defender of the rights of women and children. It was he who protected the Sacred Family and the Holy Infant in the flight to Egypt and at all times.”  He continued: “allow me to say something else: St. Joseph continues to care for each one of our families.” Novena Prayers to St. Joseph A novena to St.…

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The Feast Day of St. Joseph – Celebrate!

St. Joseph…the most selfless husband and father the world has ever known?  I think so. Today is St. Joseph’s Feast Day….and even though today is a Friday in Lent, it is NOT a day of fast and/or abstinence …it’s a day of joy and feasting.  That means that you can eat meat today.  Really.  Why?  Because this isn’t “just” a feast day, it’s a “solemnity.”  That makes it on par with Sunday, which also is never a day of fast and/or abstinence. (see Scott’s Catholicism Blog ) Until fairly recently in my life, I didn’t realize there were such days during lent – Fridays when you could eat meat!  I also didn’t know that Sundays were not counted as a part of Lent, for much the same reason.  Sundays are feast days…days to be joyful…not days on which to do penance.   Sigh…so much to learn, so little time. 🙂 Back to St. Joseph, though.  Pray to him today.  There’s so much we divorced, Catholic moms can ask of him – so much he can do for us: St. Joseph – selfless husband and protector of Mary and father of Jesus: 1. Please pray for my (ex)husband and guide him.…

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