9 DAY NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH: DAY 3

 ST JOSEPH, A MAN OF COURAGE AND MANLINESS

SHORT REFLECTION
In a society where too many
men shirk their obligations toward their wives, children and family and turn to
vices and the easy life when confronted with difficulties, St. Joseph shines as a
model of courage and fortitude. He travelled the many miles in the cold and
wind, only to meet rejection. He found refuge in an animal shelter for the
birth of Jesus. He arose early to flee into Egypt saving the Child Jesus from
the vicious
and murderous threats of King Herod. Faced with so many difficulties, Saint
Joseph stood tall and confronted the obstacles with manly
courage. May the men of the present generation lift up their gaze to the gentle
but courageous man of God—good Saint Joseph.
SHORT HYMN
“Called thou to the pilgrim, a father and guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe at thy side,
Ah, blessed Joseph how safe will I be,
Sweet spouse of our Lady, a father to me…”

St. Joseph, pray for us and
all who invoke thy aid. Amen.

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