Day 3 of the Novena to Saint Joseph
God will welcome us at the end of the journey… You shall know His mercy.
Jesus taught his apostles to pray. He gave them the perfect prayer: the Our Father. Perfect because of its filial devotion to God, whom we can call “Our Father.” Fraternal because it encourages us to forgive others as God forgives us.
Our days are often full of little “snags” in our dealings with other people. Forgiveness can sometimes be difficult. And we forget that the rule we use to measure others is the one by which we will be measured. While we are en route, and while there is still time, let us practice mercy in our views and thoughts about everyone. If we sow mercy, we will reap the divine mercy that is infinitely more benevolent and all-encompassing than ours.
We invoke Saint Joseph as “Patron of the Dying.” Popular piety likes to picture Jesus and Mary at Joseph’s deathbed. When they finish their journey, human beings need a comforting presence to help them prepare to meet the Lord. We pray today, Saint Joseph, for those who are at the end of their lives.
When Saint Brother André came before the Lord, he must have heard God say something like, “Come, man of mercy, enter into the joy of your Master! ”